John Stinson Report

Saturday 11th February 2017

Paula Cotter scored a triple success in the field events section of the

Athletics Otago Meeting held in ideal conditions at the Caledonian

Ground last Saturday. Paula won the Women 35t 1KG Discus with 21.95m,the

4KG Hammer 20.34m and the 4KG Shot Put 7.88m. In the Long Jump Women 35

Sophanna Parsons was 1st with 4.09m with club mates Claire Giles 2nd

3.31m and Alison Newall 3rd 3.29m.Sophanna also won the Triple Jump with


 On the Track Sophanna Parsons,Claire Giles and Alison Newall staged

another three way finish in the Women 35 100 Metres with Sophanna 1st in

15.40,Claire 2nd in 15.88 and Alison 3rd in 16.25. In the Men 35 1500

metres Peter Fitzgerald was 1st in 4.31.71 an Otago Masters Record.

Congratulations to Alex Brown who won the Men 15-17 3000m Race Walk in




Saturday 4th February 2017

It was an excellent Afternoon for Alison Newall at the Athletics Otago 
Meeting held in ideal conditions at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday. 
Alison scored wins in the Women 35 Discus(1KG) 18.10m, Hammer Throw(3KG) 
23.58m Javelin (500G) 18.00m and Shot Put (3KG) 7.08m.

In the Women 35 Long Jump Sophanna Parsons was 1st with 4.11m with Club 
Mates Claire Giles 2nd with 3.50m and Alison Newall 3rd in 3.49m. This 
result was replicated in the W35 200 M Race with Sophanna Parsons 1st in 
32.94,Claire Giles 2nd in 33.34 and Alison Newall 3rd in 33.96.

Last Saturday also featured the Otago Championships Throws Pentathlon. 
Congratulations to Paula Cotter who finished 2nd in the Women 30-49 with 
a final tally of 1558 points a really fine effort.

December 2016

Congratulations to Club Member Alex Brown who won a Silver Medal in the Senior Boys 3K Race Walk at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships held in  Auckland last Weekend. Alex completed the race in a time of  15.54.64 taking 30 seconds off his previous best time.
Jonah Smith Luxmore Grunt

Saturday 26th November 2016 

Well done also to Jonah Smith who continued his great recent form by finishing 2nd in the  annual Luxmore Grunt  Mountain Run. At the Athletics Otago Meeting held at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday Julie Edmunds was 1st in the Women 35t 1500 metres in 5.42.75 while in the Junior Age Groups Matthew Wong was 1st in the Men 15-17 100m in 12.58 and 1st in the 200m in 25.74. Katie Wong was 1st in the Women u14 80m Hurdles in 14.40. In the Field Events Alison Newall was 1st in the Women 35 3KG Hammer 25.46m, 1st in the 500G Javelin 18.08m 1st in the Triple Jump 7.48m. and 2nd in both Long Jump and Shot Put events. Claire Giles was 1st in the Women 35t 3KG Shot Put with 7.86m and 1st in the Long Jump 3.32m. Claire was also 1st in the 200m in 33.55.


Congratulations to Sophanna Parsons on winning the Ness Cup Handicap Mile one of the oldest Otago Centre Races at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday. Starting off "Go" Sophanna ran with great purpose to cross the finish line a comfortable winner in  7min 3.64sec. Sophanna was a popular winner being a consistent track competitor  over sprint distances since the start of the season. Sophanna also enjoyed success in other events held last Saturday winning the Women 20-34 60m and Triple Jump and placing 2nd in the 100m. Caversham provided the first three place getters in the Ness Cup with Julie Edmonds 2nd in 7min 15.19sec and Jonah Smith 3rd in 7.18.25

 Claire Giles and Alison Newall continued their on going rivalry in competition last Saturday. Claire was 1st in the Women 35 3kg Shot Put,1st in the 100m and 2nd in the 200m and 60m. Alison in the course of a busy Afternoon won the Women 35 3kg Hammer,500g Javelin, Long Jump and Triple Jump.Alison also recorded 2nd placings in the 100m and Discus. Paula Cotter was 1st in the Women 35 1kg Discus and 4kg Shot Put. In the 800m Andrew McCaig was 2nd in the Men 35 in 2.33

Saturday 15th October 2016

A number of Club Members performed well in both Track and Field

competition at the Athletics Otago organised Meeting held in brilliantly

fine weather at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday Afternoon.

 Paula Cotter started her day off well by winning the Women 35 (1kg)

Discus with a throw of 21.26m. Paula also recorded wins in the W35 (4kg)

Hammer 16.46m and Shot Put7.11m and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in

the W35 100 and 60m races. Paula's Mother Claire Giles also enjoyed a

successful Afternoon winning the Women 35 (3kg) Shot Put with 7.30m and

the Long Jump with 3.37m. On the Track Claire was 1st in the Women 35

100m with 16.63 and 2nd in the 60m. Alison Newall was 2nd in the Women

35t (3kg) Hammer with 25.12m and 3rd in the Women 50t Weight Pentathlon

with 1627 points

 Sophanna Parsons had a busy afternoon finishing 2nd in the Women 20-34

Long Jump with 4.16m,2nd in the 60m in 9.38 1st in the 100m in 14.87 and

2nd in the 200m in 31.22. Matthew Wong was 2nd in the Men 15-17 200m in

26.21. In the major distance race the 3000m Jonah Smith was 1st in the

Men 20-34 in 9.33.52.

 The first of the Summer Walks was held last Saturday in the Port

Chalmers area with a group of 19 attending. Their Walk included a visit

to Cedar Farm about 5K from Port Chalmers which provided a beautiful 

 Saturday 28th May 2016

 A great turnout of Caversham Club Members at the Ponydales Cross Country Relays held in extemely wet cold weather at the Three Mile Hill Pony Club last Saturday with a final tally of 15 teams participating.

The Masters Women team of Lea Bezett,Heather Evans, Kerry Rowley and Donna Young added to their previous success at the Lovelock Relays by winning their grade in an overall time of 37.37 Lea recorded fastest lap time of 9.02 The Masters Men 50t team of Peter Fitzgerald,Geoff Anderson,Osvaldo Gonzalez and David Sharp also won their grade in a time of 33.43 with Peter Fitzgerald recording fastest lap time of 7.52

        Ina  Alison 

       Ina                                                                          Alison

Caversham fielded three teams in the Open Men Grade with the No 1 team of Jake Jackson- Grammer,Sam Hopper,Lorenz Kissling and Jonah Smith finishing second in 39.45 closely followed by the No 2 team of Alex Dodds,Ioan Fuller,Blair Martin and Ken McDonald with a time of  40.10 It was great to see Blair running so well in his first competitive outing for Caversham since returning to Dunedin. In other grades the High School Girls team of Petra McNutt Milne,Katie Wong,Caitlin O'Brien,and Tessa Brownlie finished 2nd in 47.12 while the Open Women Team of Brooke Swaney,Sophanna Parsons,Ina Kinsky and Kirsty Fairbairn finished 3rd in 43.18. Of the three Caversham teams in the combined age group Childrens Grade the U13 team of Jordan Evans-Tobata,Gracie Young, Neil Brown and Jordan Evans-Tobata (Great Effort) finished 2nd in 12.39 Jordan ran 2 seconds quicker on her second run 3.00 against 3.02 first time round. Well done Jordan.

This was a great all round effort in such testing conditions auguring well for the rest of the 2016 Winter Season. The unqualified suppport given to all team members was typical of the existing culture within the Caversham club


Saturday 16th April 2016

 Last Saturday the Club held their Ted Brown Memorial and  Associated 1500 metre races at Kaikorai Valley College in ideal conditions. Large fields assembled for each race with all competitors receiving plenty of vocal support. The winner of the Ted Brown Memorial was Tessa Brownlie who led the race throughout after starting off a Handicap of 35 seconds recording a time of  7.00. Fastest time was recorded by Jonah Smith with  4.34 seconds. Neville Scott took out the McStay Memorial with a time of 7.03 with Luke Easterbrook recording fastest time of  5.19.
The 1500 metres Walk was won in impressive style by Alex Brown in a time of 8.27.Alex also competed in the Ted Brown race finishing 6th in a time of 5.48.
Twenty Children competed in their 800 m race in probably the most exciting race of the day. Leo Young who started off a Handicap of 50 seconds held on well up the home straight to win in a time of 3.04.
Results Ted Brown Memorial 1500m Tessa Brownlie 7.00 1st, Jayden Toomey 5.19 2nd, Julie Edmunds 5.42 3rd. Fastest times Jonah Smith 4.34 1st, Andrew Smith 4.44 2nd, Ken McDonald 4.57 3rd. McStay Memorial Neville Scott 7.03 1st, Gordon Wong 5.48 2nd, Josh Rademeyer 6.04 3rd. Fastest times Luke Easterbrook 5.19 1st,Andrew Glennie 5.31 2nd, Lia Bezett 5.44 3rd. Walkers 1500m Alex Brown 8.27 1st,Kirsty Van Royen 10.02 2nd, Colin Dick 10.10 3rd. Childrens 800m Leo Young 3.04 1st, Neil Brown 3.09 2nd, Ella Colquhoun 3.20 3rd. Fastest times Matthew Wong 2.38 1st, Oliver Young 2.44 2nd,Matheson Colquhoun 2.44 3rd.
Thanks to Race Convenor Brian Watkins and his support team for their excellent organisation through a busy afternoon.

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Saturday April 2nd saw an excellent turnout of Runners and Walkers for the opening of the 2016 Winter Season held in fine sunny weather at the Clubrooms Middleton Road. Following preliminary announcements the Season was officially opened by Club Patron Ron Cain QSM who expressed pleasure at the numbers present and urged everyone to enjoy themselves to the full during the season.
Pack Runs and Walks were held over a wide area with the emphasis on ensuring everyone stayed together whatever their group and enjoyed a good introduction to the busy season ahead. All groups arrived back at the Clubrooms in good time and with plenty of smiles in evidence.
An enjoyable social time incorporating a wonderful Afternoon Tea followed by the presentation of a number of Summer Trophies concluded a most successful afternoon for the Caversham Club. Julie Edmunds was especially pleased to receive the Stan Williams Memorial Cup awarded to the Club Member producing the best performance off Handicap in the Annual Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race. This was Julies first award since making the transition to Running from Race Walking mid way through the 2015 season. This Saturday a Club Run and Walk will be held from the Clubrooms starting at 1.30 PM

Saturday 12 / 13th March 2016

Last Weekend a number of junior club members were competing for their respective Schools at the Otago Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Caledonian Ground a forerunner to the Otago Southland Meeting at the same venue this Saturday.

The Walking Group held their final Summer Walk for the season last Saturday trekking from Green Island to Brighton a route that included some testing hills but which also provided time for some fun on Brighton Beach. Thanks to Kieran Columb who has done a great job of organising the Summer Walks. On Sunday Club Members were involved both as Competitors and Officials for the Annual Stadium to Surf Fun Run and Walk.

Opening day for the 2016 Winter Season will be held from the Clubrooms Middleton Road on Saturday April 2nd.

 New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championship 2016

 Caversham Athletes turned in some top performances when competing as Otago team members at the National Masters Athletics Championships held in perfect weather at the Caledonian Ground last weekend.

Otago Masters President Claire Giles and Daughter Paula Cotter enjoyed great success over the three days of competition gaining a combined tally of 27 medals. Claire's winning efforts came in the Women 55 60m,100m and Long Jump along with Shot Put,Javelin,Long Jump and 800 metres in the Women 55 Outdoor Pentathlon.Claire won the Pentathlon with 2543 points. Paula competing in the Women 35 Grade won the Individual Discus Throw  and took out the Throws Pentathlon with 1497 points winning the Discus Throw,and placing second in the Javelin Shot Put and Weight Throw. Paula also achieved second placings in the Long Jump and Hammer Throw.

Alison Newall was a model of consistency throughout the Championships securing second placings in the Women 55 60m,100m,Triple Jump and Hammer Throw long with third placings in the Discus and Javelin. Alison was second in the W55 Women's Outdoor Pentathlon with 2391 points.

On the track Peter Fitzgerald won a double in the Men 55 800 and 1500m races while Lia Bezett was 2nd in the Women 40 800 and 1500m. Sophanna Parsons concluded her first track season by winning the Women 30 Long Jump and placing second in the 60 and100m races.

Congratulations to Jake Jackson Grammer and Roger Leslie who won the respective Running and Walking Sections at the Papatowai Challenge held lst weekend.

 Otago 2016 Track and Field Championship

Both Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st February saw the Club Children's Section competing in the Otago Children's Championships held in association with the Senior Championships. There were some great efforts displayed by the Children with a number of personal bests recorded. It was a good reward for the efforts put in by head organisers Evelyn Armstrong and Kenneth McDonald along with all the parent helpers. Four Caversham Children were selected for the Otago Interprovincial Team for the upcoming Championships.

In the Senior Otago Championships congratulations to Lia Bezett and Julie Edmunds who filled first and second placings in the Otago Masters Women 1500 metres.Lia also took out the Masters Women 800 metres title.  Paula Cotter,Claire Giles and Alison Newall  recorded age group placings in track events from 60 to 400 metres and also in Shot Put,Hammer,Discus,Javelin plus Long and Triple Jump. A great effort from these three fine competitors.Sophanna Parsons recorded a personal best time of 15.13 in the Women 100metres and also a personal best in the Long Jump of 4.29m. Brent Cheshire won the Senior Men High Jump with 1.80m

Saturday 13th February 2016

Club members provided some of the better performances on a relatively quiet day at the Athletics Otago Programme A Meeting incorporating the Otago 5000 Metres Championships held in excellent conditions last Saturday at the Caledonian Ground. Congratulations to Alex Dodds who finished in third position overall and first in the Male 20-34 Section in the Otago 5000 metres Championship recording a time of 16.25.64. It is good to see Alex back on the track again after missing the early part of the season. In the 1500 metres Peter Fitzgerald turned in a great final lap in the Men 35t Grade to win in 4.40.44 Julie Edmunds continued her successful return to Running winning the Women 35t race in 5.42.31. In the Sprint Races Sophanna Parsons produced a winning double taking out the Women 20-34 100m in 15.57 and the 200m in 31.98.Sophanna later took out the Women 20-34 Long Jump with a leap of 4.12m. Claire Giles also secured a double winning the Women 35t 100m in 16.46 and the 400m in 79.69.

In the Field Events Paula Cotter continued her run of great form prior to the New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships held in Dunedin in two weeks time winning the Women 35t 4kg Hammer with 18.85m and the Shot Put with 7.61m. Paula was also second in the Discus with 22.33m. Claire Giles and Alison Newall also recorded anumbr of age group placings in these events while Alison also recorded a win in the Women 35t Triple Jump with 7.26m.

Just a reminder the New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships are on in Dunedin over the Weekend of Feb 26,27 and 28 with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships also in Dunedin later in March. It would be great to see plenty of Club Members at the Caledonian Ground for these two important events providing back up support to all Otago competitors

Port Road Race Sunday 31st January 2016
Congratulations to Jonah Smith on taking out the 12K Port Road Race held for the first time at the end of January in association with the Masters Games 10K Walk. Jonah has enjoyed considerable success in recent months including taking out the Otago Championship 10,000 metres title prior to Christmas. Jonahs win on Sunday was hard fought finally prevailing in a sprint finish down Butts Road with arch rival Jason Palmer. The decision to shift the Historic Port Road Race from the Winter Harrier Season to January has not been universally popular and the controversy associated with this move is likely to remain for some time yet. In spite of this it was good to see a healthy number of Caversham members out on the course all seeming to enjoy the competition.
Well done to Neville Scott who took out the Sealed Handicap Trophy from a 32 min Handicap and to Kerry Rowley and Julie Edmunds who gained 2nd and 3rd placings in the Women's Section with respective times of  59min 1 sec and 59min 13 sec. Julie also secured the Women's Sealed Handicap starting from the 30 min mark. Julie has taken to competitive running like a duck to water and is certainly a welcome addition to the ranks of Otago Women Distance Runners. Finally thanks to Andrew Glennie for proving such a good subject when photographed at Ravensbourne during the Race. Thanks Andrew we could do with a lot more like you in the Sport

Track and Field Report for 2015
It has been great to witness the numbers of Caversham Athletes in evidence for the first part of the 2015-16 Track and Field Season. The Black and White Singlet has been prominently displayed in all forms of events with some members not seen often during the Winter Season showing particularly good form.
A good example of this would be Zeddric Osten who has approached the Track Season with great enthusiasm and has got better and better with every Meeting. Last Weekend at the South Island Meeting Zeddric produced his best results so far winning the Masters Men High Jump and Long Jump finishing 2nd in the Masters Men 100 and 400m and also being a member of the Winning Otago 4x200m Relay team. Sophanna Parsons has followed on from her good Winter Season by competing regularly and with increasing success in the Masters Women Sprint Events and also the Long Jump. Sophanna is benefiting from the help and training advice received from Cavershams newly appointed Sprint Coach Claire Giles.Sophanna along with Clubmates Alison Newall and Julie Edmunds were members of the Winning Otago Masters 4x200m Relay team at last Weekends South Island Meeting. Julie Edmunds well known as a leading Otago Race Walker is now proving herself to be a natural Runner and is gaining considerable enjoyment from her success in a new domain. Julie has certainly added another string to her bow over the last few weeks.
On the Field Events Side it has been great to have Nicole Bradley back with us and see her in such great form in her Specialist Throwing Events in preparation for the National Championships in Dunedin next March. Paula Cotter has also been in great early season form in the Masters Women Throwing Events winning both the Discus and Shot Put at the South Island Meeting. Alison Newall continues to be one of the most versatile and successful Caversham Track and Field Competitors.Whether Running,Jumping or Throwing Alison always gives of her best and her numerous successes in age group events are testamount to the effort she puts in.
The Children's Interclub Meetings held on Saturday Mornings held at the Caledonian Ground have seen Caversham Children competing in good numbers and with plenty of success. The Children all seem to be gaining heaps of enjoyment from their Athletics and thanks are due to Evelyn Armstrong and Kenneth McDonald plus all the Parents who have assisted on Tuesday Practice Nights at the Corstorphine Ground.
 Congratulations to new Club Member Lia Bezett who followed on from her comeback success in the Ness Cup Handicap Mile by winning the Masters Women 1500 and 3000m Races at the South Island Meeting.
Good luck to all Club Competitors in what promises to be an exceptionally busy second half of the 2015-16 Track and Field Season.


Saturday 31 October 2015

Julie Edmunds enjoyed a successful Afternoon on her Birthday at the Athletics Otago Track and Field Meeting held in very windy conditions at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday Afternoon. One of Otago's best Race Walkers Julie was competing in her first 1500 metres track race while winning the Masters Women 35t grade in  5.59.68. Julie is looking forward to competing regularly in Running Events for the remainder of the Track and Field Season. Later in the day Julie won the 2000m Track Walk in 12.01.

John Landreth is showing good early season form winning the Men 35t 400 metres in 69.68 with clubmate Andrew McCaig 2nd in 70.49. Sophanna Parsons competing in her first full Track Season recorded wins in the Women 20-34 100m in 15.51 and the 200 metres in 32.11. Alison Newall won the Women 35t 100m in 15.73 with Claire Giles 2nd in 16.20 . Jonah Smith won the Men 20-34 5000 metres in 16 min 32 sec.

In the Field Events Paula Cotter continued her excellent form winning the Women 35t Shot Put,Discus,Hammer Throw and 600 Javelin Throw.Alison Newall recorded wins in the Women 35t Triple Jump and 500 Javelin Throw while Claire Giles won the Women 35t Long Jump

Sunday 11 October 2015

 Congratulations to Jonah Smith who won the Otago Half Marathon Championship run in association with the Hill Free Half Marathon held at Outram last Sunday organised by the Hill City University Club. Jonah recorded a time of 1hr.16min 8sec.Donna Young was third in the Women's Half Marathon in 1hr 29min 57sec. Ken McDonald was first in the 10k Run in 36min 32sec.
In the Children's 2K Races  Oliver Young was first in the Boys Section  in 7min 25sec with Nathan Hill third in 7min 36sec. Jordan Evans-Tobata was first in the Girls Section in 7min 53sec with Gracie Young 3rd in 9min 27 sec.

Donna Young Hill Free
At the Athletics Otago Track and Field Meeting held on Saturday October 10th Paula Cotter recorded a quadruple success competing in the Masters Women 35-49 Field Events. Paula was first in Discus 20.66m,Hammer 20.04m,Javelin 10.97m and Shot Put 7.40m. Another Caversham member to record successes on Saturday was Sophanna Parsons who was participating in her first Track and Field competition since her High School days. Sophanna competed in the Women 20-34 Grade winning the Long Jump 3.94m, 60m 10.18, 100m 16.10 and 200m 34.76

 Akaroa New Zealand Road Relays October 3rd 2015

The Club were represented by five teams at the National Road Relays held in association with the 75th Edition of the Christchurch to Akaroa Relay organised by Athletics Canterbury. It turned out a happy and successful trip for everyone thanks to excellent organisation and great team bonding something Caversham members have always been renowned for.                  

            Kerry , Evelyn , Audrey And Ina  Jim Lap 6

The Senior Men travelling in their distinctively painted van and comprising Matthew Moloney, Ioan Fuller, Jake-Jackson Grammar, Jimmy Flanagan,Josh Baan, Jonah Smith, Ken McDonald, and Alex Dodds finished a creditable 4th in the Open B Grade Event.

The Masters Women's Team of Kerry Rowley, Evelyn Armstrong, Sue Kim, Lesley McCormack, Julie Edmunds,Ina Kinski, Monica Lindemann and Audrey Phelan finished 4th in their grade. Kerry Rowley on Leg 1 and Ina Kinski on the Uphill Leg 6 both recorded 4th fastest times while Lesley McCormack received a special thrill recording the fastest time for Masters Women 60 on Lap 4 of 54.46. Special mention to Sue Kim who battled well under an injury difficulty on Lap 3. The Masters 50t team of Stu McCormack,Peter Hughes,Peter Blackwood, Phil Coakes, Neville Scott, Jim Kerse, Ian McDonald and Greg Walsh finished 8th in their grade a satisfying result for all team members. Ian McDonald was seen to be clearly giving his all on the downhill leg 7.

The Junior Men comprising Jayden Toomey, Ben Rowley, Zinzan Smith,Joe Matthews, Andrew Smith and Pat Flanagan finished 10th against strong competition. The Corporate Social 6 person team of Matthew Wong,Gordon Wong,Nick Heng, Sophanna Parsons, Donna Tumaru and Callum Toomey finished 6th in this grade.Well done to Donna Tumaru who slotted in to keep the team intact and ran with good pace judgment all the way.

The Saturday Night Barbecue and Social held in the House Block at our Meadow Park Accommodation was excellent with everyone joining in to the swing of things with gusto. Thanks to Mike Smith and Phil Corfield for providing us with all the great Music, Peter and Lorraine Blackwood for organising all the food and to all the Younger team members who provided much appreciated assistance in the cooking department. There was to be a presentation of a giant card signed by all given to Jake-Jackson Grammer  in wishing him well for the World Junior Duathlons Championships in Australia.

                       Card For Jake  Jaydon

Finally thanks to Stu McCormack and Peter Blackwood for their many hours of work preparing for this event and to all Team Drivers and Managers for their efforts on the day.


Closing Day and Club Trophies Saturday 26 September 2015

The final Club Run and Walk for the 2015 Winter Season was held from the Clubrooms Middleton Road in cool wet conditions last Saturday. There was another excellent turnout in line with the good numbers in evidence all season. Preceding the Run/Walk the presentation of Winter Season Cups and Certificates were carried out by President Murray Reynolds assisted by Trophy Steward Ian Dick. It was great to see the large number of Children happily receiving their rewards for competing so well through the season.


  Bartlett Shield ..                               Male over 20years of age                      Neville Scott

 Festival Cup                                    Junior Male under 20years of age          Jim Flanagan   

 Senior Colts Cup                             Junior Male under 20years                     Ben Rowley

 Junior Women's  Tray                     Woman  under 20years of age               Tessa Brownlie

 Senior Women's Tray                      Woman over 20years of age                  Gail Sharp

 Male Winter Walkers  Cup                                                                               Dave McWhinnie

 Women's Winter Walkers Cup                                                                        Katherine van der Vliet

 D. Cowie Cup                     Junior male U/ 20 years  greatest improvement  Jim Flanagan

 Girls Aggregate Trophy            Girl Under 14years                                         Lucy Sutton  

          Dave Mc Whinnie  Gail Sharp  Neville Scott 

         Dave McWhinnie                        Gail Sharp                                 Neville Scott

 On the completion of the prizegiving both Runners and Walkers pooled Cars before heading to Sunnyvale and a tour through the Sunnyvale Abbotsford area. This was a nice place to finish off the Season on such an inclement Afternoon. All groups were in close contact throughout and returned within minutes of each other.

The day concluded with a relaxed Social Time and a wonderful Afternoon Tea which would be hard to beat even by Caversham's High Standards. It was a fitting conclusion to a highly successful season for the Caversham Club. The Season was officially closed by Club Patron Ron Cain QSM. This Saturday Caversham will be represented by five teams at the National Road Relays in Christchurch while a number of Club Members will soon be competing at the Caledonian Ground at the Athletics Otago Weekly Track and Field Competition Meetings


Saturday 29th August

Last Saturday Afternoon Caversham members were hosted by the Hill City University Club for a combined Run and Walk from the Hill City Clubrooms at Logan Park. Caversham members enjoyed their outing in a different area along with the company provided by Hill City University. Acting Caversham President Colin Dick in his closing remarks thanked Hill City University for looking after Caversham so well and also for their generous hospitality following the Run and Walk.

Congratulations to all Caversham Competitors who performed so well at the Age Group Otago Road Championships held around the Wharf Circuit last Sunday.  Individual winners were Julie Edmunds Masters Women 35 5K Walk 30.09,Alex Brown Youth Men 5K Walk 34.55, Gracie Young Girls U11 2k 8.50,Oliver Young Boys U13 2k 7.48, Jordan Evans-Tobata  Girls U13 2K 8.08, Matthew Wong Boys U 13 3K 12.33 and Matthew Moloney Junior Men U20 8K 27.10. In the Teams Races the Caversham team of Jordan Evans -Tobata,Caitlin O'Brien and Katie Wong were first in the Girls U 13 2K while the Masters Women 35-49 5k team of Donna Young,Jilly O'Brien and Evelyn Armstrong were also first in their grade.

Matthew Y  Evelyn 

Matthew Wong                                                                Evelyn Armstrong


2015 Peninsula Relay

The Club fielded five teams for the Annual Athletics Otago organised Peninsula Relay held in Cold Sleety Weather from the Portobello Domain on Saturday. The new six lap course held around Portobello,Hoopers Inlet and Cape Saunders worked well and received favourable comment following the race.
All Caversham teams ran well and enjoyed their day especially the good number of first year members helping to make up the teams. The first Caversham team home were the Wolfpack comprising Zinzan Smith,Jonah Smith, Matthew Moloney, Ioan Fuller, Lorenz Kissling and Jake Jackson-Grammer who finished in 8th place recording second fastest time of  1.44.04. Next over the line in 11th place were the Caversham Lions team of Gordon Wong, Alex Brown, Jayden Toomey, Sophanna Parsons,Julie Edmunds and Pat Flanagan.This team comprised a wide range of age groups and from all accounts really enjoyed the challenge of the event. Well done to Race Walker Julie Edmunds who competed well on the demanding 5th leg from Cape Saunders to Allans Beach Road.
Of the remaining three Caversham teams theCaversham Bucks finished in 13th place with U20 Runner Jim Flanagan recording an impressive 16.03 on the first leg from Portobello to Hoopers Inlet. The All Women's Gazelles team were next to finish in 14th place with the Caversham Silverbacks who encountered a few logistical problems out on the course following in 15th place.
Well done to all team members for their efforts on a challenging afternoon for everyone at the Peninsula Relay


Another hugely successful day enjoyed by Caversham Members at the Otago Cross- Country Championships held in brilliantly fine weather at Waikouaiti Race Course on Saturday July 11th.

Josh Baan continued his standout season by winning the Senior 12K Race in 42.55 Other individual wins were recorded by Nathan Hill in the Boys U13 2k and Jordan Evans-Tobata in the Girls U13 2k Team successes were recorded in the Youth Men U18 comprising Andrew Smith, Pat Flanagan and Ben Rowley, Girls U13 of Jordan Evans-Tobata,Petra Milne and Caitlin O'Brien and the Girls U11 of Darcie Evans-Tobata  Ruby Sutton and Leila McCormack.

Caversham was a first time recipient of the Joe Gough Memorial Trophy awarded to the Club scoring the most points across the grades at the Otago Cross- Country. Kenneth McDonald received the Les Bradshaw Memorial Trophy for most points in the Edmond Cup and Otago Cross- Country Races. Well done Ken!

Caversham was once again a dominant force in the Open 4k Walk Event. Julie Edmunds was first over the line in 25min 21sec followed home by Tom Cockerill Jim Kerse and Katherine Van Der Vliet. Well done once again to our competitive Walkers. The rest of the Walking Group enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable outing all around the streets of Waikouaiti and also including a Walk down the track surrounding the Estuary with plenty of birdlife in evidence

Evelyn And Neville 




Another excellent turnout featured at the Clubrooms last Saturday for a Club Run and Walk held as Guests of the Club Life Members. The Runs and Walks were held through Kaikorai Valley Green Island and Corstorphine with a number of new members stepping up to take their turn as pack leaders for the Afternoon. Glenn Sutton took the responsibility of looking after the Children's Group for the Afternoon. The Club would like to wish Glenn the best of luck on his imminent departure for the United States for his second attempt at the Badwater Classic held through Death Valley in California.

All groups returned to the Clubrooms in good time to enjoy the generous hospitality provided by the Life Members. A presentation was made to Jake Jackson-Grammer who received the Pat Sidon Memorial Medal for the first Senior Runner to finish in the Edmond Cup. Training Grants were also awarded to Jake Jackson-Grammer and Andrew Smith.

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 Edmond Cup

A great sequence of results compiled by Caversham Members at the Edmond Cup Steeplechase Races held at Wingatui Racecourse on June 27th. Congratulations to Jake-Jackson Grammer on finishing second in the Senior 2 Lap Race in a time of 17.48 only 8 seconds from the winner Oli Chignell of Hill City. Jake also won the J.W. Geddes Cup for being the first youth man home in the Edmond Cup. Caversham also finished a close second in the teams race to Hill-City University other contributing team members being Alex Dodds 4th, Jonah Smith 8th, Andrew Smith Jimmy Flanagan and Ken McDonald. Congratulations on a top effort guys.

In other age group races Donna Young was 6th in the Open Women Race and 2nd in the Masters 35-49 Grade with Caversham finishing 3rd in the Teams Race. Kerry Rowley, Jilly O'Brien, Sophanna Parsons and Elaine Stevens all contributed well for the team placing. The 2 Lap Open Walk was an all Caversham Affair Tom Cockerill winning in 36.14 followed by Katherine Van Der Vliet 36.19 and Donna Tumaru 36.52. Great going you three.

Caversham Athletes continued their great season  in the Junior Age Group Races. In the Girls U 13 race Jordan-Evans Tobata was first home in 2.48 followed by Caitlin O'Brien 2.57,Petra Milne 3.12 and Katie Wong 3.13. Oliver Young was 1st in the Boys U13 in 2.44 with Clubmate Nathan Hill 4th in 3.10. In the U.11Girls Gracie Young was 2nd,Darcie Evans-Tobata 2nd and Leila McCormack 5th. DanO'Brien was placed 2nd in the Boys U11 recording the same time as the winner 3.25.

While all the races were taking place three Walking Groups were out on an enjoyable trek around the roads surrounding Wingatui and Mosgiel. The groups were well Co-ordinated by Ian Dick who is doing an excellent job of filling in as Walkers Captain while Kieran Columb is overseas. 

 2015 Club Cross Country

The Club Cross-Country Races held at Island Park Reserve last Saturday would have to rank as one of the colder Harrier Club Days on offer in recent years. Having been dispatched as a Marshall to one of the most exposed parts of the course by Race Convenor Brian Watkins I was certainly in a good position to verify this. The up side was my position also offered great close up views of all the competitors and in spite of the conditions most still appeared to be enjoying splashing through the mud and slush.

It was great to see another good turnout of Children and Junior Competitors last Saturday all giving of their best and receiving plenty of encouragement from the seniors all round the course. Josh Baan looked really good powering around the course in the Open Men race while runner up Jonah Smith turned in probably his best run of the season so far picking up the Sealed Handicap Prize. In the Open Woman race Donna Young continued with her winning form while Jilly O'Brien shows on going improvement with every race.Jilly is enjoying an excellent first season with Caversham. It was also good to see Ian McDonald running with determination to take out the Men 50t race. Still life in the old body yet eh Ian. Was very pleasing to see 21 Walkers out on the course braving the elements.

Thanks to Brian Watkins and his Support Crew for their efforts in setting out the course so well and to the Social Committee for the delicious Hot Soup and assorted Savouries provided for everyone afterwards.

Walking Group At Cross Country

  Barnes Cross Country

Last Saturday Afternoon Club Members headed to Bayfield Park to support Club Member Glenn Sutton on his 24 Hour Run around the Andersons Bay Inlet as a fund raiser for his 2nd attempt on the Badwater 135 Foot Race in California next Month. It was a beautiful Afternoon and everyone enjoyed doing their "bit" to ensure a highly successful day for a popular and ultra competitive club member. The Main Walking Group later headed off up Larnach Road for a hilly trek through Waverley and Highcliff. First Year Member Carolyn Vincent was showing impressive fitness levels on the numerous hill streets.
On Sunday the Club enjoyed a successful Afternoon at the Barnes Cross-Country Races held in ideal weather at Kettle Park. Congratulations to first year member Andrew Glennie who was first across the line in the Senior 4 lap race in 23min 24sec after starting from a 5 minute handicap. Well done Andrew that was a top effort in your first Otago Centre Event. There were a number of other successes recorded by Caversham Members throughout the Afternoon .Donna Young finished second in the open Woman's Race in 16.21 with other family members also faring well in their respective races. Son Oliver recorded fastest time in the Boys U13 with 5.35 while Daughters Emily -Rose and Gracie finished 3rd and 5th in the Girls U11. Not to be left out Father Richard finished 10th in the Senior Race in his first Otago Centre Race.
Darcie Evans-Tobata was first home in the Girls U11 while Sister Jordan recorded fastest time of 5.42. In the Youth Men Ben Rowley was third in 10.07 while Andrew Smith recorded 3rd fastest time of 9.21. Caversham won the teams race in the Boys U.13 contributing members being Oliver Young, Nathan Hill,Dan O'Brien and Neil Brown.
Katherine Van Der Vliet gained full marks for effort in the Open Walk finishing 2nd in 28.28 comfortably recording fastest time. Well done to everyone who contributed to a hugely successful Afternoon for the Caversham Club.


Great to see so many Caversham teams fronting up at the Ponydales Cross-Country Relays on Saturday. Some excellent results were achieved and all competitors appreciated the encouragement provided by their team mates and the good numbers of Caversham Supporters lining the course. Thankfully this time unlike last year all races were completed before the arrival of any major "weather bombs".

Congratulations to the Senior Men Team of Lorenz Kissling, Jonah Smith, Jake Jackson-Grammer and Josh Baan who overcame a spirited challenge from the Hill City University Team to win in a combined time of 37.29. Josh Baan recorded the fastest time of 9.08. Well done guys and thanks for your co-operation in getting the team photo organised afterwards.  

The Masters Women Team of Donna Rutherford,Jilly O'Brien, Kerry Rowley and Esther Sibbald finished 2nd in their grade with Donna recroding third fastest lap time of 8.54 while the Masters Men 50t team of Ian McDonald,Stu McCormack,Richard Rutherford and Peter Fitzgerald finished a creditable 3rd in their grade. In the Children 12 and Under the team of Oliver Young, Katie Wong,Caitlin O'Brien and Jordan Evans-Tobata finished in 2nd place closely followed by the team of Petra Milne,DanO'Brien, Neil Brown and Nathan Hill. Really good to have so many "youngsters" out there enjoying all the cheers and encouragement.

It was also good for a number of first year members to have the opportunity of competing in the Social Grade along with our more "experienced" hands.

Good luck to Peter Hughes and Stu McCormack who are competing in the Christchurch Marathon this weekend. For Stu this will be his first attempt at the Marathon Distance so hopefully it will go well for him

Congratulations Leith on their event organisation and providing everyone with such a lovely Afternoon Tea.

           Donna Leading  Ioan And Matt

   Last Saturday the Club held their Annual Run/Walk from the Wakari Union Church Hall in Centennial Avenue. The larger groups on hand for the Afternoon undertook the challenging trek up the Pineapple Track to the Flagstaff Summit. Weather conditions prevented any kind of view from the top but everyone still seemed to enjoy the day and our first year members all handled the challenge well. It was also good to see "Old Stagers" Brian Watkins and Malcolm Giles setting off early on a combined Run/Walk to the Summit both finishing with a smile on their face on arrival back at the Church.

The alternative Run/Walk through the Ross Creek Reservoir Tracks was also well supported with Walkers "Tour Guide" Ian Dick pointing out some important historical landmarks along the way. Ross Creek was also  an ideal location for the Children's Group to enjoy their weekly outing. Evelyn Armstrong and Ken McDonald are doing a great job of organising this group through the Winter Season laying the groundwork for another busy Track and Field Season.

Our Club Captain Stu McCormack is never short of innovative ideas and now he has created a Club Captains Sash to ensure he stands out from the crowd. You really looked the part with that Stu I am sure the new Sash will make a big impression at the "Ponydales" Cross- Country Relays. Lets hope the hailstorms stay away this year.

The "wind down" session at Cableways Tavern was enjoyable as always and the hot chips provided were greatly appreciated. Malcolm Giles noted he has been organising these for the past 10 years so thanks Malcolm for attending to this for so long. Always a nice way to finish off the day.

This Saturday the Club will compete in the Leith Club Cross-Country Relays at the Three Mile Hill Pony Club. A Club Day will also be organised at either Three Mile Hill or the Caversham Club Rooms

 Claire Grant Dowland Greg Walsh Jim Kerse 

Claie Giles                         Grant Dowland                   Greg Walsh                       Jim Kerse

2015 Vice Presidents 5000

A large number of Runners and Walkers were at Forbury Park Raceway last Saturday for the Annual Vice President's 5000m races held in fine windy conditions with the track providing a good surface. All events were keenly contested particularly the 20 strong Junior 1000m race. The Senior VicePresident's Race was won by new member Tara Bisset while Josh Baan recorded fastest overall time.

Results  Senior 5000m Handicap Tara Bisset 28.45 1st,Peter Blackwood 28.54 2nd Julie Leith 31.55 3rd Donna Rutherford 20.43 4th. Fastest Times Josh Baan 16.33,Jake Jackson-Grammar 16.52 ,Jonah Smith 17.02. Women Donna Rutherford 20.43,Esther Sibbald 22.44, Kerry Rowley 23.03 Junior 1000m Nathan Hill 3.59 1st,Katie Wong 4.09 2nd, Lucy Sutton 5.17 3rd Fastest Times Alex Brown 3.49 Mathew Wong 3.49 Oliver Young 3.50. Walkers 5000m Alex Brown 32.24 1st,Katherine Van Der Vliet 35.45 2nd, Terry Hamilton 39.56 3rd Janice Hughes 42.01 4th. Fastest times Julie Edmunds 29.36,Alex Brown 32.34,Dave McWhinnie 35.42.

A well attended Social Hour along withTrophy Presentations were held in the Raceway Lounge following the races

Donna Rutherford First Women VP5000  Josh Baan Fastest Time VP5000  Nathan Hill First Junior 1000m  Alex Brown First VP5000 Walk

Donna Rutherford             Josh Baan                           Nathan Hill                         Alex Brown

2015 Lovelock Relays

The Club was well represented at the 2015 Lovelock Relays held in perfect weather at the University Oval last Saturday. Congratulations to the Senior Men's team of Josh Baan,Matthew Moloney,Jonah Smith, Lorenz Kissling, Jake Jackson-Grammar and Ben Anderson who won their race in an overall time of 25min55sec after an exciting contest with the Hill City-University team. Ben Anderson recorded fastest individual time of 4.02 in his last race before heading to Britain and Europe for extended track competition. The Club wishes Ben every success on his travels. The Masters Women's team of Donna Young,Evelyn Armstrong, Kerry Rowley and Esther Sibbald finished second in their grade while the team of Jimmy Flanagan, Pat Flanagan,Dylan Fraser and Alex Dodds were first home in the Social Grade. It was good to see a number of Caversham teams entered in the Children's Race Section.

In the Otago Peninsula Challenge held on Sunday Jonah Smith was 2nd in the Open Men in 1.36.25 and Donna Young 1st Masters Woman 40-49 in 2.01.45 Ben Rowley was 1st in the Short Course Open Men in 45.18 while Julie Edmunds was 1st in the 16K Walk in 2.23.13.

             Another Winning Team   Caitlin O'Brien , Katie Wong , Jordan Events -Tobata ,Oliver Young

  Athletics Otago Awards Wednesday 22 April 2015

The Athletics Otago Awards Function saw Ron Cain acknowledged honoured on his retirement as Meeting Manager for Track and Field since 1986 and 70 years involvement in Athletics. Ben Anderson and friend Megan are pictured with a selection of the Trophies Ben was awarded for his performances over the Track and Field Season including an 800 1500 double at the Otago Champs. Julie Edmunds the John Rayner trophy for excellence in race walking and the R J Watson for track walks.Alison Newall was awarded the Otago Masters Field Events Trophy. Caversham people who featured in the Masters Athletics Awards included Peter Hughes Otago Veterans (That is what the engraving on the Trophy says) Marathon Trophy Masters Winter Athlete Of The Year Graham Murphy Trophy  Geoff Anderson, Joe Cowie Memorial 6 Race Trophy Geoff Anderson, ,Otago Veterans Athlete Mens 5K Handicap Road Race-John Landreth.

   Betty And Ron Cain  Ben And Megan  Alison And Julie 

   Betty and Ron                                  Ben and Megan                             Alison and Julie


  Ted Brown - McStay Memorial Saturday 18 April 2015

Last Saturday the Club held their Ted Brown Memorial and associated 1500 metre races on the grass track at Kaikorai Valley College. All races were keenly contested and it was pleasing to have a good turnout for the Colts Challenge Cup.

 Saturday was a good day for the O'Brien Family with Ray O'Brien winning the McStay Memorial Cup Race and Son Dan winning the Colts Race.JillyO'Brien was first Woman home in the McStay Memorial finishing in third place.David Sharp was a popular winner of the Ted Brown Memorial race. Julie Edmunds was first in the Walkers Race in a time of 8.44 with Junior Alex Brown only three seconds behind with 8.47.

Results were Ted Brown Memorial 1500 metres David Sharp 5.47 1st,Stu McCormack 6.05 2nd,Gail Sharp 7.08 3rd. Fastest time Ben Anderson 4.17. J.W.McStay Memorial Cup Ray O' Brien 6.30 1st, Gordon Wong 6.22 2nd, Jilly O'Brien 6.43 3rd. Fastest time Zinzan Smith 5.23. Colts Challenge Cup Dan O'Brien 3.25 1st,Petra Milne 3.11 2nd Caitlin O'Brien 3.02 3rd. Fastest time Matthew Wong 2.52. Walkers Julie Edmunds 8.44 1st, Alex Brown 8.47 2nd Dave McWhinnie 10.07 3rd



 Saturday 11 April 2015

Another excellent turnout of Runners and Walkers were on hand for a ''Bring A Friend" Afternoon held last Saturday from the Clubrooms Middleton Road.

The Faster Runners led by Jonah Smith chose to head down to St. Clair and along the scenic John Wilson Drive.Jonah and Andrew Smith Matthew Moloney and Auckland Visitor Royce Madigan all ran well.

 The Medium Runners led by Peter Hughes enjoyed a run along Blackhead Road and down to Tunnel Beach.New members Jilly O'Brien and Audrey Phelan did well on the run home. Peter Blackwood took a large slower group up the Caversham Bush Track to the Mornington area. This group included some new Kings High School Boys who acted as pace setters on the run home.

 The three Walking groups out on Saturday all chose the Blackhead Green Island Bush Road areas with Dave McWhinnie,Anne Watkins and Kieran Columb acting as group leaders. A sizeable Children's group led by Stu McCormack enjoyed a run through the new subdivisions close to the Clubrooms.

An enjoyable social hour was held at the Clubrooms to conclude the Afternoon. This Saturday the Club will hold their Ted Brown Memorial Races on the Kaikorai Valley College Track.