The Napier Harrier men’s and women’s Shoe Clinic Relay teams comfortably won their grades in good running conditions on Saturday with the men’s team breaking the course record by 1min 28sec.
Lucas Duross ran a very good first leg and ran 18min 50sec to set the team up well before handing on to Kristian Day who ran a solid second 6.7km leg up Apley Road in 24min 00sec. Steve Charles followed on the 4.7km undulating leg along the Puketitiri Road before handing over to Bradley Christison who demolished the Junior record by 1min 28sec and also snuck under the senior record time of 17min 07sec by running 17min flat to take his team into a huge lead. Damian Christofis finished off the last 3.3km leg to bring the team home in 1hr 26min 53sec for the 26km long relay course.
In the ladies grade Nina Boesch was seconded into the senior women’s relay at the last minute and completed leg one in a steady 27min 15sec. Nina handed over to Ruby Muir who had to combat the Apley Road hill of 6.7km in 28min 21sec. Ruby tagged Emily Dunn who flew down the Puketitiri Hill from the corner of Apley Road to Seafield Road over the 4.7km distance to break the Junior women’s record by a slim 12 sec in 18min 21sec. Kate O’Malley retained the convincing lead over her 5.6km distance to hand over to Alia Wentz who carried the team to victory to the Puketapu School finish line in a team time of 1hr 49min 28sec.
This was a handicap relay where thirteen teams competed in the relay with another Napier team placing third in an overall time of 1hr 49min 47sec.
A 3.3km race was held for the boys and girls 14 and under age grade with Hastings taking the team award with Charlie Roil crossing the line first in 13min 02sec followed closely by his club mate Cameron Potts in 13min 05sec and Seb Barton-Ginger from Napier Harriers filling 3rd place in 13min 38sec.
Race Report: Wayne Smith