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Auckland Road Championships 2012

Auckland Road Championships, Unitec Mt Albert – 19 August 2012

First year senior John Schreuder ran himself into the ground in winning the Auckland road running title around Unitec in Mt Albert yesterday.

Schreuder put in a burner mid way through the race which gave him an advantage over regular rival this winter Jono Jackson. He then had to work hard to maintain the lead to the finish. Schreuder just made it clocking 32m 55s for the 10km before lying down completely exhausted. Jackson was second for the second year in a row in 32m 59s. Sam Kidd was next in 33m 28s followed by Wesley team mate James List.

Schreuder said that he was wary of Jackson going into the race.

“He is running pretty well despite all the travel he does and I kept looking over my shoulder, it was pretty nerve wracking.

“If I was going to run it again maybe I wouldn’t do such a strong move so early – but it worked out in the end, heck a good run,” said Schreuder.

Jackson said that once the break came he spent the rest of the race chasing.

“He opened up 800 metres and from then on it was cat and mouse, I was catching him slowly but not quite fast enough in the end,” said Jackson.

Sophie Corbidge collected the women’s 10km title as part of her preparations for the world triathlon championships in Auckland on 20 October.

The 20 year old was over a minute clear of Alice Mason in winning in 37m 17s. Michelle Hopkins was third in 39m 7s.

Corbidge said that she was pleased with her time given the nature of the course.

“It’s a pretty hard course, majority of it feels uphill and it was quite windy, so I’m happy with the time. The world triathlon champs are in nine weeks now, so I’ve been doing a lot of base training and I wanted to get a good time so that pushed me to the finish,” said Corbidge.

Georgie Grgec won the W19 5km title in 18m 36s Ben Moynihan the M19 8km in 27m 8s, Jessica Morrison the W16 4km in 15m 4s and Luke Fielding the M16 6km in 20m 29s. In the masters Johan Van Hoovels MM35 ran 34m 46s, Sasha Daniels Mm40 35m 38s, Tony O’Hagan MM45 35m 49s, Rudy Baptist MM50 38m 46s and Gavin Stevens MM55 38m 18s. Melissa Norris MW40 was the best of the master women recording 19m 31s for the 5km.

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