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Moody wins Half Marathon title

Callan Moody

Christchurch – Callan Moody of Christchurch the national cross country and road champion won the men’s half marathon and the national title in a career best 1:05:13. This was nearly a minute faster than his winning time last year. He beat 2012 Oceania marathon champion Jonathan Peters of Brisbane by 12 seconds. Malcolm Hicks of Auckland was runner up in the championship in a PB 1:05:39 and Canterbury’s Daniel Balchin third also in a PB 1:05:53.

New Zealand Half Marathon Championship – 31 May 2015

Lydia O’Donnell of Auckland continued her winning way in the New Zealand championships adding the half marathon title to the 10,000m track titles she has won for the past two years.

O’Donnell recorded a personal best of 1:14:40 in winning the title from Rachel Kingsford of Christchurch who ran a PB of 1:14:56 and Penny Peskett of Auckland.

Held in conjunction with the Christchurch marathon, the half marathon was won by Milly Clark of Sydney. The Oceania half marathon champion recorded 1:14:09. Sally Gibbs of Tauranga who turns 52 this week was fifth in a New Zealand masters 50-54 record of 1:18:58.

Alice Mason from Paraparaumu won the women’s marathon on debut in 2:45:43 from Mel Aitken of Dunedin who ran a PB by eight minutes of 2:49:13. Hirotaka Tanimoto of Japan won the marathon in 2:24:13 from evergreen 45 year old Nelsonian Phil Costley who ran 2:27:29, 23 seconds ahead of Auckland’s Josh Maisey.

Oska Inkster Baynes won the 10km in 30:21 while Nicki McFadzien was the first woman in 33:39.

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