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Smith wins in Providence

Smith wins in Providence

Kim Smith wins Providence Half Marathon

Running with the lead men’s pack for the first several miles, she eventually dropped back and continued on her own with no competition in sight. A two-time New Zealand Olympian, Smith, 29, holds the U.S. All-Comers record for the 13.1-mile distance of 1:07:36 at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in February. Smith admitted that she is still trying to mentally overcome a disappointing finish at Boston, but said today was a good start as she looks toward the ING New York City Marathon this fall.

“This was not an easy course, but surprisingly flat for Providence, so it was a good workout for sure,” she said. “It’s great to run at home in Providence because I haven’t competed here in about ten years and I enjoy running Rock ‘n’ Roll races. This was my first real training run for New York. The conditions weren’t ideal because of the rain, but I had fun.”

Diamond League, Crystal Palace – 6 August 2011
Valerie Adams has maintained her unbeaten run in 2011, winning the shot put at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace London. Adams was out to 20.07m to hand another defeat to arch rival Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus. Although Adams’ throw was below her best for the season, it was her biggest winning margin, 55cm, over Ostapchuk in their four clashes this year. Her series was 19.80m, 19.72m, 20.07m, x, 19.79m, 19.85m.
Adams leads the Diamond League shot put with 16 points, with Ostapchuk second on 12 and Jillian Camarena-Williams (USA) third with 6 points. There is one more shot put remaining in the Diamond League, in Zurich on 8 September.
Adams’ next competition will be the World Championships in Daegu South Korea, where the final of the women’s shot put is in the evening of Monday 29 August.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon, Rhode Island – 7 August 2011
Kimberley Smith won the half marathon raced in the rain in 1h 11m 54s. Smith won by seven minutes with Tezata Dengersa of Turkey coming second in 1h 18m 56s.
Smith ran with the lead men’s pack for the first few miles before dropping back to continue on her own with no competition. Smith said it was a good start to the lead up to the New York marathon on 6 November.

Flanders Cup Meeting, Memorial Rasschaert, Ninove – 6 August 2011
Hamish Carson was 8th heat 1 1500m in 3m 44.48s, Hayden McLaren was 13th heat 1 1500m in 3m 56.99s and Malcolm Hicks was 4th heat 2 1500m in 3m 47.77s.
Stephen Isaac 4th race 3 400m hurdles 55.91s, 5th heat 1 100m 11.40s (-0.1). Andrew Kennedy 1st race 2 200m 22.62s (0.3), 2nd heat 4 100m 11.05s (-0.5). Rochelle Coster 2nd heat 2 100m 12.28s (-0.6) 6th final 12.33s (0.0).

Harakiri Berglauf Mountain Race – 31 July 2011
Jonathan Wyatt was fifth in the 10.4km +1170m race in 52m 25s. He was second last year. Antonella Confortola of Italy won the women’s race in 1h 2m 50s.

Giir di Mont 31km Skyrunning Mountain Race, Premana – 31 July 2011
Anna Frost was fourth in 4h 7m 48s, 19 minutes behind the winner Mirea Miro Varela of Spain.

Northland Road Championships, Ruakaka – 6 August 2011

53 year old Ian Calder won the senior 10km title in 35m 58s. Jonny Creelman (23) was second in 36m 25s. Chubby Hale won the senior women 7.5km in 34m 26s. Harry Linford the M16 5km in 18m 9s and Imogen Hall the W19 5km in 20m 43s.

Auckland Road Championships, Unitec Mt Albert – 7 August 2011
Stephen Lett added the Auckland road title to the cross country title won earlier in the season with a convincing victory around the roads of Unitec yesterday.
Lett shared the lead with Jono Jackson and Alex Parlane over the first half before clearing out for a solo effort over the final 2500m. Lett recorded 32m 7s for the 10km distance, 28 seconds slower than his second placing to Sam Dobson in last year’s championship.
Lett said that the road title was something he has had in mind.
“I didn’t want to leave it to a sprint finish so I had to try and go a bit earlier and not leave it to the finishing straight with fast finishing Jono Jackson there,” said Lett.
Jackson was second in 32m 27s with Alex Parlane third in 32m 47s.
Lett now looks forward to the New Zealand road championships in Wellington in two weeks time.
Lisa Robertson made it three years in a row in the women’s championship cutting out the 10km in a speedy 36m 1s, 20s faster than last year.
“The conditions were a bit tough, with the head wind in parts, but I felt pretty good,” said Robertson.
The 28 year old jockey also celebrated her first horse race victory during the week.
Lydia O’Donnell was runner up for the second year in a row in 37m 26s with Hannah Barker third in 38m 9s.
Declan Wilson tapered off well for the Australian cross country championships in Canberra in two weeks with a win in the M19 8km championship in 26m 7s. John Schreuder was second with Ben Moynihan third.
Ashleigh Williams won the W19 5km in 19m 8s with the Rachel Penney, 5km in 19m 5s, and Joel Martin, 10km in 35m 18s, the best of the masters.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Road Championships, The Lakes – 6 August 2011
Steve Rees-Jones won the senior men’s 10km in 31m 31s, from Daniel Jones 31m 50s and Cory Whiting 32m 8s. Helen Rountree won the senior women in 36m 58s, from Camille Buscomb 37m 16s and Johanna Ottosson 37m 17s. Sally Gibbs after her triumphs at the world masters champs was the fastest master woman over 5000m in the W45 age group in 17m 36s. Glenn Sexton was the best of the master men with 34m 5s over the 10km.
Julian Oakley won the M19 8km in 25m 51s while Olivia Ritchie won the W19 5000m in 18m 40s, Jacob Priddey the M16 in 19m 34s and Anneka Grogan the W16 in 19m 42s.

Taranaki Road Championships, Karo Park – 6 August 2011
Nathan Coombes won the senior men 10km in 33m 12s from Scott Van Dyk 34m 13s. Annie Johnson won the senior women in 42m 59s.
Chaz Hall won the M19 8km in 27m 4s, Emily Roughan the W19 5km in 19m 21s, Rhys Bishop the M16 6km in 20m 6s and Melanie Tarrant W16 5km 22m 28s.
Rachel Gilberd recorded 56m 38s in the W35 10km walk.

Hawkes Bay Gisborne Road Championships, Westshore – 6 August 2011
Stefan Smith won the senior 10km in 32m 21s with the title going to Eric Speakman in 33m 48s. Megan Grant won the senior women in 43m 28s.
Hastings Phil McKay (40-44yrs) won the masters title for men over 35 years over 10k in 38m 01s followed by Napier’s 60 year old Eric Phimister in 39m 06s with Derek Solomon from Gisborne third in 39m 35s. Hastings also won the masters women’s grade with Andrea Williams winning in 20m 20s over her 5km distance from Margaret Morris in 23m 51s and Napier’s Cheryl Simpson placing third in 24m 37s.
A classy run by Grace McConnochie from Gisborne Harriers over 5km ensured she won the W19 in a very good 18m 12s from Hastings runner Monica Burnard in 19m 29s with another Hastings runner Nikki Powell placing third in 20m 15s while Napier’s Charlie Chittenden won the M19 in 17m 49s.
Toa Elphick-Iaveat of Napier Harriers retained his M16 title by easily winning his 5km race in 16m 52s from Gisborne’s Campbell Parkinson in 18m 58s with Napier’s Leuan Edmonds being third in 20m 28s.
The W16 was won by Napier’s Holly Manning but she could not claim the provincial title as she was not a registered runner with ANZ so the title went to Anneka Smith of Hastings United in 21m 03s followed closely by Napier’s Annie Creagh in 21m 08s and club mate Holly Edmonds in 21m 48s.

Wellington Road Championships, Reservoir Road Wainuiomata – 6 August 2011
Tim Hodge won the senior 10km in 31m 8s, from Evan Cooper 31m 12s and Alexander Wallace 31m 28s. Grant McLean was the best of the masters with 33m 32s.
Gabrielle O’Rourke won the women’s 10km in 36m 26s, with Tina Harris second in 37m 21s and Sarah Gardner third in 37m 34s. Stephanie Mackenzie won the master women in 37m 55s. Other winners were Yared Kebede M19 8km 26m 1s, Nicole Mitchell W19 5km 18m 32s, Marcus Karamanolis M16 6km 19m 40s and Susannah Lynch W16 5km 19m 22s.

Tasman Road Championships – 6 August 2011
Phil Costley was tested by Harry Dixon in his quest for the Tasman road title. Costley eventually took the lead at the mid way point and went on to claim the title in a time of 31m 54s for the 10km. Dixon was 51 seconds back in second with Simon Mardon third in 33m 2s.
Paula Canning won the women’s title in 38m 53s, while Brittany Stewart won the junior women’s 5km in 19m 52s.
Nyle Sunderland, triple gold medal winner at the world masters championships in California, won the women’s 5km walk in 25m 51s. Peter Hague won the men’s walk in 28m 56s.

Canterbury Road Championships, Pegasus Town – 6 August 2011
Alex Fowler won the senior 10km in 31m 28s, from Andrew Davidson 31m 33s and Luke Hurring 32m 50s. It was Fowler’s first championship as a senior having previously won the junior road title in 2009 and 2010. Martin Lukes M40 was the best of the masters in 33m 1s. Fiona Crombie won the senior women’s title, for the third successive year, in 34m 40s from Nicki McFadzien 36m 21s. Tracy Crossley won the W35 5km in 17m 38s. Other winners were Laura Wood W19 5km 18m 6s, Alexander Gorrie M19 8km 26m 18s, Rosa Flanagan W16 5km in 17m 37s and Ben Musson M16 6km in 20m 28s.

Clyde to Alexandra 10km Road Race, incorporating Otago 10km Road Championships – 6 August 2011
Daniel Balchin scored a notable win in 31m 11s over Callan Moody 31m 36s and Bevan Stevens 31m 40s. Shireen Crumpton won the women’s race in 36m 17s, from Rachel Kingsford 36m 51s and Genevieve Bourke 39m 10s. Roseanne Robinson walked the distance in 51m 6s.

The NZ Children’s Athletic Association Annual General Meeting was held in Wellington on 30 and 31 July 2011.
Rodger Brickland stood down after his two year term as President.  The new President is Jan Cockeram from Tasman and the Vice President is Brian Curry from Manawatu/Wanganui. Denise Cheese remains as Secretary and Joan Rawnsley as Treasurer.
Rodger Brickland (Auckland) and Fay Neilson (Taranaki) were awarded Life Membership of the NZ Children’s Athletic Association.

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