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Val Muskett sets World Record

Val Muskett sets World Record

Further to last week’s Commonwealth 24 hour championships in Wales
Val Muskett ran 114km in 12 hours for a new world record for women over 55. Bryan McCorkindale who finished fourth with 222.374km set two world age records for men over 55, for 12 hours and 100 miles.

Throwers Spring Series, Sovereign Stadium – 1 October 2011
Nicholas Gerrard set a personal best with the senior 7.26kg shot with a put of 14.25m. Adam Miller was out to 14.00m with the senior shot. Gerrard was also out to 15.93m with the 6kg M19 shot and Miller 14.98m. Alexander Parkinson was third in the M19 shot with a personal best 14.79m. Matthew Bloxham set a personal best of 14.70m with the M16 5kg shot, while M17 Parkinson also set a PB with the 5kg shot of 15.40m.

Pakuranga 5km Series, 26 September: Peter Wheeler won in 18m 20s, nine seconds ahead of Gavin Hanson. Sarah Devoy was the first woman in 19m 37s from Melanie Cossar 19m 49s.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km 27 September: Michael Lichtwark 16m 44s three seconds ahead of Andrew Cave. Rachel Bowie was the first woman in 18m 22s.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna 28 September: Alan Clinton won in 16m 52s, with Peter May second in 17m 34s. Tara La Grange was third overall in 17m 40s.
Devonport Classic 10km 2 October: Tara La Grange won in 38m 32s. Christian Muller was the first male in the same time 38m 32s. Greg Thompson won the associated 15km in 55m 55s.


SBS Half Marathon 2 October 2011: National road champion Stephen Lett won in 1h 12m 26s, from Johan Van Hoovels 1h 12m 47s and Cory Whiting 1h 13m 2s. Johanna Ottosson won the women’s section in 1h 20m 37s, from Camille Buscomb 1h 21m 15s and Megan Blackett 1h 30m 15s. Donna Roderick won the half walk in 2h 8m 6s from Derek Teague 2h 14m 44s. Stephen Smith won the associated 10km in 35m 43s while Katherine Prumm won the women’s 10km in 38m 50s.
Eastside 5km River Run 27 September: Garit Read 17m 41s from Cameron Hall 17m 53s. Helen Rountree third over all in 17m 56s. Katherine Prumm was the second woman in 18m 50s.

Taranaki Half Marathon – 2 October 2011
2008 national triathlon sprint champion Clark Ellice won in 1h 12m 48s, (just 18sec outside the course record) from Karl Dravitzki 1h 14m 37s and Nathan Coombes 1h 16m 5s. Suzanne Landers won the women’s section in 1h 27m 21s from Gemma Cartwright 1h 30m 35s and Leah Barnfield 1h 35m 12s. Harry Terwiel won the half walk in 2h 8m 18s with Vanessa Lowl the first woman walker in 2h 15m 23s.

Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 27 September: Tim Hodge won in 15m 23s from Adam Carlson 16m 4s. Sarah Paterson was the first woman in 20m 8s.


Well respected and renowned Auckland middle distance coach and former national track and field selector Don Macfarquhar suddenly and unexpectedly died on Wednesday 28 September, aged 80. He was preparing to leave his home to join a group from the Lynndale Club for a regular Wednesday morning walk when he collapsed and passed away.

Don has been an Athletics Auckland track and field selector for over 40 years, as well as a cross country and road selector. For eight consecutive years from 1986 to 1994 he was a national track and field selector, selecting athletes for the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games teams as well as the 1990 Auckland and 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games teams. Don was an official at the 1990 Commonwealth Games as a lap timekeeper.

He was a member of the Athletics New Zealand grants to athletes committee 1987-88.

Don has assisted with the managing of Auckland teams to national championships and Auckland teams to Australian championships over many years. He was assistant coach with the New Zealand team to the world junior championships in Lisbon Portugal in 1994.

Don was awarded an Athletics Auckland merit award in 1990 and an Athletics New Zealand merit award in 2004. He was honoured with life membership of Athletics Auckland in June 2008 and life membership of the Auckland City Athletics Club in 2007.

He has been a member of the Onehunga Club for the past 71 years. He was placed second in the Auckland 440yards championship in 1954 behind Graham Moncur of Owairaka.

He started coaching in the early 1960’s and for the past 50 years guided numerous runners to success at Auckland and New Zealand championships and to national representation. His first success at national level was with Peter Reeves who won the NZ junior 880yards title in 1964 and 1965.

Among some of the others have been Jan Healey winner of the NZ women’s 1500m title in 1978. Paul McRae 1994 Oceania 10,000m champion and Nick Burrow 800m and 1500m champion at the same Oceania championships. Angus Bell (senior) and Aaron Jackson (junior) mountain running champions in 2007.

He was still very involved with coaching with a stable of over nine runners that he was looking after. He will be sadly missed.
A service for Don will be held tomorrow Tuesday 4th October at 12.30pm at Morrison Funeral Home, 220 Universal Drive Henderson.

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