Presidential Pratterings

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2014

This year has been almost a repeat of last year which I described as "steady", so I could almost have reprinted last year's report.

The 2013/14 Athletic season saw quite a number of Caversham members competing regularly at the Caledonian Grounds, proving that we are not just a Harrier club. The Otago Championships resulted in titles going to Ben Anderson in the 800 metres, and Brent Cheshire in the High Jump, while Age Group titles were won by Alison Newall, Claire Giles, and Julie Edmunds. Ben went on to win a silver medal in the 800 metres at the NZ Athletic Championships while Sydney Evans-Tobata was a member of the Otago  4 x 100 metre relay team that won gold.

The sad news that one of our Co-Patrons, and long-time Life Member, Pat Sidon, had passed away came at the end of the Athletic season and his funeral coincided with the opening day of the winter season. Pat's athletic record is an Otago legend and will probably never be bettered.

The Harrier season started off hesitantly, with several of our athletes having moved away for various reasons, but a determined team took third place in the Lovelock Relay, and followed this up with a third at the Ponydales. The Barnes Cross Country saw Donna Young winning the women's race, and of the eleven competitors in the U18 Boys race, eight were from Caversham, surely a good sign for the future. Success came in the Edmond Cup, with Peter Meffan, newcomer Josh Baan, and Ben Anderson filling the first three places, repeating Caversham's successes of 2013 and 2011. The Otago Cross Country was won by Peter, with Josh winning the Junior race. Josh went on to win the New Zealand Junior Cross Country and the NZ Road Race, to add to the 5000 metre Junior track title he had won earlier. Peter Meffan joined Caversham's list of New Zealand representatives when he competed in the World Mountain Running Championships.

Training Grants were awarded to Ben Anderson, Jonah Smith and Sydney Evans-Tobata.

The Walking Section continues to thrive under the guidance of Kieran Columb, and regularly we see at least forty members setting out for their weekly walks. Their enthusiasm was evident at Alexandra when about thirty of the ninety entrants in the Clyde to Alex race were from Caversham. Unfortunately the same support has not been forthcoming for the walking races provided by Athletics Otago and the future of these events looks uncertain.

Lyndon Marfell left the Club for overseas, but the Children's Section continues to grow with Evelyn, Carol, Donna, Kenneth and parents guiding them. It has been very encouraging to see many of these younger members coming out regularly on Saturdays during the winter. This is a throwback to the 1950's and 60's and must be encouraged, as these are our future senior athletes.

The Cadbury Dunedin Marathon went off successfully again this year, although numbers were down again. It is a credit to Phil and the team that this event remains one of the more important events on Dunedin's sporting calendar. We are grateful to Cadbury and all the other sponsors, without whom it would be impossible to run this event.

The regular Saturday runs/walks have been reasonably well supported, and it was good to see a small influx of young people who have come to Dunedin to study at Otago University. There is however a shortage of female runners and men in the 25 to 50 age group. We should all do our best to encourage friends and relatives to take advantage of our friendly club.

The Social side of the club has again been well-looked after by Anne Watkins and her team, and culminated in an extremely enjoyable "Mad-Hatters" themed night.

The proposed redevelopment of the clubrooms was given approval, but already there are one or two hurdles in the way with DCC land use requirements as well as building consent issues to be overcome. However, everything is in good hands with Barry Sleeman and his team.

I see the future of the Club as being quite bright, even though Athletics as a sport is going through a rough patch at the moment. We have a long history, have remained independent, and have good people to get us through and to grow.

Finally, thank you to all those who have organised events, and to my fellow Committee members who have worked so hard. It has been a pleasure working with you over the last four years.

Colin Dick

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  PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 4 November 2014

It's a month since I last wrote something and it's hard to believe that we are already three weeks into the Athletic season. Although I haven't been at the Caledonian Ground I have heard that Caversham members are performing well and their names are appearing regularly in the results.

Sydney Evans-Tobata, Claire Giles, Alison Newall are names that appear regularly, along with Andrew, Zinzan, and Jonah Smith, Ben and Geoff Anderson, Sam Hopper, Lorenz Kissling and Andrew MCCaig.

On 18th October it as good to see the results of 1500 metre events with Caversham members taking out the 15-17 year; Guy Guilford, Joseph Matthews, Jimmy Flanagan, 18-19 year; Lorez Kissling, Zinzan Smith, Senior; Ben Anderson 1st, Sam Hopper 3rd. Good results! And then… Ben Anderson recorded a PB of 3:52.26 in the 1500 metres last Friday evening. Good form this early in the season.

The walking group had their first summer walk last Saturday out in the Waitati area, but I haven't heard any report about this yet. Kieran goes to a lot of trouble arranging these fortnightly walks so I hope they are well supported.

Tuesday November 25th - Annual General Meeting - (known as the AGM)

Please make an effort to turn up and have your say and to nominate and vote for a good team to run your club for the next 12 months. Several Committee members are stepping aside this year so some new blood is called for.

It was mentioned last year that many of you are not aware of what goes on at Committee meetings, and what work is entailed. This may be a reason why some are reluctant to have their names put forward.

One key position is that of the Club Secretary, and April Anderson has decided to retire from that position after a number of years. April brought to the club considerable experience in committee work, and has done a sterling job. In the latest issue of "Cavy Chat", there is a brief summary of the work entailed in being the Club Secretary so please read that and give consideration to putting your name forward.

To give some insight into the work of the Committee please read:

                                         "Rules and Guidelines for Officers of the Club"

Having just read them myself, I realise that some of these are out of date and some of the duties have been shared around. I can see some of our current Committee thinking, "That's not what I do". It is obviously time for a review of these guidelines and something for the incoming Committee to look at. The age of these guidelines becomes very obvious when all the positions are described as "he".

However, being involved is a worthwhile experience and I ask you all to give it some thought and turn up on the 25th with some fresh ideas.

In the meantime, keep up the training and enjoy yourselves.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 

 

 PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS October 2014

Oops! With all the excitement of the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon and other events happening over the last few weeks, I overlooked congratulating Joshua Baan on his win in the U20 8km New Zealand Road Race Championships in Tauranga on the 6th September. This follows on from his New Zealand title in the U20 Cross Country a month earlier, as well as the Otago titles in the corresponding events, and his second placing in the Edmund Cup. Well done Josh, not a bad winter at all … and now the National Road Relay Championships at Akaroa this coming weekend.

To those going to Akaroa, good luck to you all, and I feel that there may be a measure of success this year.

The season is rapidly drawing to a close, with the final club day on the following Saturday,11th October. Again, this clashes with the opening of the Athletics season, but with so much happening at this time of the year there is not much that can be done. The presenting of certificates will take place that day along with trophies for the aggregate winners in various categories.

It might seem to be a bit early, but I must let you know that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place on Tuesday 25h November. I will be reminding you as the weeks go by, but it's not too early to think about nominations. I'll also try to explain the various duties of committee members to help you to understand what contributes to the running of the club. One very important position coming up for replacement is that of Secretary. Sadly, April Anderson has indicated that it is time that she steps aside from the role that she has so capably filled for the last few years. If you have an inclination towards this position, please let yourself be known.

Cheers,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 28 September 2014

Everyone deserves a pat on the back for the wonderful effort last weekend.  Another successful Cadbury Dunedin Marathon, a brilliant result for a year of hard work by our Marathon Committee, plus the assistance given by many members in the days leading up to and on the day of the Marathon. It was noticeable, especially at Port Chalmers, that things were running so smoothly that many were able to take time to chill out and watch the proceedings. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, and I was told that Maria and Barry Sleeman even had time for dinner this year without having to deal with results problems.

However, many of the organisers have been doing this job for many years now and we must realise that age is catching up on some. It is time for some younger members to step up and be ready to take over some of the roles.

For those members who took part in the various races, congratulations. From discussions with quite a few, most were happy with their performances, with Donna Young and Donna Tumaru taking third places in the Women's Marathon and Half Marathon Walk respectively. While I am typing this I have been waiting to check the results but the system appears to be overloaded, but I do recall Jonah Smith being well placed in the Half Marathon and new member, Matthew Moloney recording a time of 2:55 in his first Marathon.

It was pleasing to see so many turning out on Tuesday night for the Special General Meeting to discuss and vote on the proposal to redevelop the Club Rooms. From the comments on the night it became obvious that this subject has been on many members minds for some time. Back in 1967, it was a huge step for the Club to undertake the construction of the Clubrooms, and now it is obvious that time has taken its toll on the building. It was also telling that some who have been reasonably vocal in their opposition to spending such a large amount on the redevelopment have been swayed into giving their support. The result was an almost unanimous decision to proceed with the proposal, but I am glad that caution will be exercised, as there are many hurdles ahead.

On Saturday, the Otago Peninsula Relay is being run and we have four teams entered.  Relays have always been an important part of Harriers and they are a chance for members to get to know each other. Unfortunately there has been a trend over the last few years for some athletes to turn up only for chosen events and are not seen at normal Club days. Hence there are several we get to know only by name and not face. With the National Road Relays at Akaroa coming up next month, this is an opportunity to make up for this.

Keep on enjoying your running/walking.

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 7 September 2014

Last Saturday was a very rare occasion for two reasons! In the 112 years that the Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race has been contested it is probably, or at least possibly, the only time that a father and son have won the two top men's race awards. Congratulations to Geoff Anderson, first man home, and to Ben, fastest time. Geoff was also the first 50+ runner, and Caversham also won the teams race plus the Dever trophy for the lowest U18 aggregate over the Barnes Cross Country and Port Road Races. In the Children's races Jordan and Darcie again performed well, while our U20 men came 1st and 2nd in the team's race. Well done everyone, and this followed good performances in the previous week's Age Group Championships.

The second reason was the fact that Geoff and Ben were both racing uninjured. Let's hope that this continues.

Well, the time has arrived and we are in countdown to the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon. It will be a very busy weekend, and a culmination of another year of hard work by our Marathon Committee members. As usual a large number of the rest of our membership has volunteered to assist in the running of the event, starting with race pack night this Thursday, an evening of fun and frivolity.

Two days after the Marathon, we have a Special General Meeting on Tuesday night at 7:00pm to discuss the future of the Club Rooms. Please give up some of your time to turn up for this. The Club Rooms were built back in 1967, and I have no doubt that the expenditure at that time was huge, with funds raised by traditional methods such as bottle drives. The Club was also fortunate to have many trades people in the membership who gave hours of their time to the construction of the building. Times have changed, our funding comes mainly from the Marathon and any construction work will have to be tendered out. Please take time to examine the proposals that have been put together, and please turn out next Tuesday night to have your say. This is one of the bigger decisions to have to be made in the history of our Club.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  7 September 2014
Club members achieved excellent results at the annual Port Chalmers-Dunedin Road Races held last Saturday. In the senior 12.5km Race Geoff Anderson continued his great winter season finishing fourth overall and first among the Open Men competitors, winning the Hooper Cup.  Geoff was also awarded the Civil Service Centenary Trophy for first place in the Masters Men 50+ at the Port Road Race.

Ben Anderson completed a great father/son success by winning the Marshall Cup for fastest Senior Male competitor with 44.01. Caversham also received the Frank Perry Memorial Trophy awarded to the first six club registered runners to finish in the Port Chalmers Road Race.

In the Men U20 4.4km race Jayden Toomey was first in the Youth Grade in 18.42 with Andrew Smith second also recording second fastest time of 15.27; Caversham placed 1 and 2 in the Teams section and received the Dever Trophy for the combined lowest aggregate over the Port Road Race and Barnes Cross Country. In the Girls U13 2.2km Jordan-Evans Tobata was second and recorded fastest time of 9.12.

The Saturday before (30th August) Caversham were guests of the Hill City/University Club for a combined run and walk held in beautiful weather at Logan Park. Caversham members thoroughly enjoyed their outing and the change of environment. The fast pack led by Ben Anderson headed up Signal Hill and covered a wide range of territory over a two hour period. The main walking group led by Kieran Columb headed off to Woodhaugh and the Leith Valley splitting up into two groups on the way. Both groups met up again later for a return walk through the University area. Thanks to Hill City/University for their organisation and hospitality on Saturday.

On Sunday Club members competed in the Otago Age Group Road Championships around the Wharf Circuit. Results were: U13 2km Jordan Evans-Tobata 8.01 - first; U10 1km Darcie Evans-Tobata 4.05 - first; Junior Men 8km Zinzan Smith 30.46 - first; U15 3km Pat Flanagan 11.10 - first;  Masters Women 35+ Esther Sibbald 20.12 - third. Julie Edmunds was first in the Masters 35+ Road Walk in 58.53. 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  27 August 2014

A large club group travelled to Alexandra on Saturday for the Clyde Alexandra Road Races.  The day was most successful with a number of Caversham competitors featuring highly in their respective grades. Congratulations to Peter Meffan, first in the Senior Men 10K run in 30.52, Josh Baan, first in the Junior Men 10K in 32.14, Geoff Anderson, first in the Masters 50+ 10K in 36.03 and Andrew Smith, first in the Boys U16 6K in 22.12.  Other high placings were recorded by Matthew Moloney, second in the Junior Men 10K in 35.13, with clubmate Zinzan Smith fourth in 37.59 and Jimmy Flanagan second in the Boys U18 6K in 24.08.

Caversham had 30 competitors entered in the 10K Walk filling the first four places in both sections.  In the Open Men, Roger Leslie was frist in 56.56, with Tom Cockerill second 57.02,  Ian McDonald third 1.00.59 and Neville Shanks fourth in 1.07. Julie Edmunds was first among the Open Women in 57.23 with Kirsty Van Royen second in 1.09, Katherine van der Vliet third in 1.09.50 and Donna Tumaru fourth in 1.12.31. 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  27 August 2014

…and that's what they are this week as there is quite a lot happening over the next few weeks.

But firstly, I would like to apologise to the children who took part in races at Brighton. At the prize-giving I named the winners of the senior and junior races and trophy winners but didn't mention the children. They put as much effort into running their race as the older athletes, and from the looks on some of the faces they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Enjoyment at their ages is the main thing.

I wasn't at Alexandra last Saturday, but from the reports, Caversham was well represented and successful. Congratulations to not only Peter Meffan, Josh Baan, Andrew Smith, Geoff Anderson, Roger Leslie, and Julie Edmunds for winning their particular events but to everyone who competed. It seems that the Caversham singlet was very much in evidence, and particularly in the 10km Walk, where about a third of the field of 95 was from Caversham. Athletics Otago are considering dropping the walking races from the Cross Country calendar for various reasons including lack of entries!  They have asked for feedback, so if anyone has a comment would they please let me know.Interestingly I haven't heard anything about the annual Undie Run.

This coming Saturday we are guests of Hill City - University at their clubrooms at Logan Park, so it would be good to see a good turnout of Caversham members. 

IMPORTANT - MARSHALS REQUIRED

Sunday morning sees a clash of events; our own Cadbury Dunedin Marafun 10km run and 5km walk which will require quite a few helpers to act as marshals etc, also the Age Group Otago Road Race Championships at the Wharf Circuit, and the Otago Race Walk Championships at the Wharf Circuit.

We are required to have a marshal for the age group races to report at 9:45am but also a few for the Race Walk event at 8:45am. It is vital to these events for the club to do its duty and have people there. If you can help, please contact me at: colin_dick@hotmail.com or call me at 466-7116.

The Port Chalmers to Dunedin race follows the next Saturday, and again we are required to have three marshals, but Caversham is also the Course Duty Club so we have to provide people to assist in setting up the course. Please can we have assistance?

All this, and with the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon only two and a bit weeks away, means a very busy time ahead, so I'll thank you all in advance.

Cheers,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  28 July 2014
Hi everyone. That was another successful day at the races last Saturday. In fine conditions at the Waikouaiti Race Course, Caversham acquitted itself rather well. The Club had winners of the U10 Boys and Girls, the U13 Girls teams race, U20 Junior Men and Teams race, Masters 50+ Women and Men, as well as the Senior Men's race, not to mention the Walking Race. John will have the results printed elsewhere but if you click here you will go to the results.

Peter Meffan and Joshua Baan followed up their victories at the Edmond Cup event by winning the Senior and Junior races and during the prize-giving it was pleasing to hear the names of Caversham's young athletes being called out. Well done to you all.

It was good to see some new members in Caversham singlets; welcome to Jake Jackson-Grammer and Alister Meffan, (brother of Peter).

It was, however, disappointing to see the lack of entrants in some of the races, and this is of great concern. To win the Team's trophy in the Senior Men's race a club requires six in a team, but on Saturday, there were only six entrants in total. I'm not sure what the remedy is, but it is not only Athletics that is in this position. The Cross Country season finishes in a week and a half with the National Cross Country in Christchurch, and Caversham has quite a few members selected to represent Otago.

Then we head into the road racing part of the winter season, so perhaps we will see more of those runners who don't enjoy the mud and slush, or who are getting over injuries. First up is the Brighton to Green Island Race on Saturday 16th August, followed a week later by the Clyde to Alexandra Race. Remember to get your entries in and book your place on the bus. Peter Meffan has publicised his intention of having a crack at the record for this event. No pressure, Peter.

Time is also passing very quickly and some commitment to the National Road Relays at Akaroa is required. Please talk to Peter Blackwood as soon as possible. Costings will be available very shortly.

The Cadbury Dunedin Marathon is only six weeks away, and your help is needed. There are still shortages of marshals, people to help issuing the race packs, and also to help set up the spot prizes at the prize-giving. Remember that the Marathon is the reason we have the lowest subscriptions in Dunedin, and that we are able to provide buses to Clyde, and Akaroa, and to help athletes out with grants etc.

That's all from me this week.

Colin 

 
 
THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  28 July 2014
Club members enjoyed another successful day at the Otago Cross Country Championships held at Waikouaiti Racecourse on Saturday. Congratulations to Peter Meffan on winning the Senior 12000m race in 40min 45sec completing a notable double having won the Edmond Cup Steeplechase at Wingatui on July 12.

Josh Baan continued his recent excellent form taking out the Men U20 8000m in 26 min 20 sec while Caversham also won the teams race section for this grade, with Jake Jackson-Grammer second and Alistair Meffan fourth. In the Masters 50 grade Geoff Anderson was first in the 8000m Mens race in 30min 28 sec while Maria Sleeman took out the Womens 6000m in 26min 49sec. In the Men U15 3000m race Pat Flanagan was first home in 12min 37sec with teammates Max Milne second and Alex Brown third. In the Children's U10 1000m Races Darcie Evans-Tobata  was first girl in 4min 48sec and Rafe Johnson first boy in 4min 46sec. The Open 4000m race was won by Gail Sharp in 20min 21sec.

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  16 July 2014
One look at the results of the Edmond Cup races says it all  (see here for results).   Congratulations to the number one team that won the teams race for the third time since 2011. Remember that 2011 was the first time that Caversham had won the teams race since 1967, a drought of 44 years. Pat Sidon would be very proud, almost as proud as Geoff Anderson who gained his first Edmond Cup medal after so many years.

But looking at the results, with so much highlighted in yellow, tells yet another story. Success for many club members is spread over the entire range of age groups, from under 10 to over 50 years. It is very pleasing that the children have come out this year and are making themselves seen. This reminds me of the 1950's and 60's when the younger athletes were under the guidance of Gilbert Hebbard.

The only downside in the results is that the Cross Country Committee of Athletics Otago felt it necessary to comment on the integrity of those in the walking race.

Bring on the Otago Cross Country Championships in two weeks time, at the Waikouaiti Race Track.

This Saturday, for a change of scenery, we will be running and walking from the Hoopers Inlet Hall, situated on Allens Beach Road, just over the hill from Portobello. I think you will all enjoy this. A map of the area is on the website, and Stu and Kieran will no doubt be directing you in their respective weekly emails.

Coming events include the Brighton to Green Island races, and the Clyde to Alexandra races. Hope your training is going well.

Many of you will have heard that John Landreth is unwell, but he is in good spirits and still comes across with his little quips. He is talking about Clyde to Alex, so he has the right approach.

Finally a big welcome to Joshua Baan who joined the club only two weeks ago, hitting the ground running and immediately making his presence felt with his second placing in the Edmond Cup, behind Peter Meffan who has just been selected to compete for New Zealand in the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy in September.

Cheers,

Colin


THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  11 July 2014
Despite wintry conditions a good turnout of club members were on hand for a club run and walk from the clubrooms Middleton Road. With sheltered areas to choose from, everyone was able to enjoy their Mid Winter outing. Brian Watkins took the slower runners round the St.Clair hills, which included some fence scaling and an impromptu visit to Cargills Castle. Karen Rowley was reported as handling the hill sections really well. John Landreth took the largest group up Eglinton Road and then through various areas of Mornington and Kenmure.  Donna Young went particularly well throughout the run along with Ben Anderson and Zinzan Smith.

The two walking groups led by Kieran Columb and Mary Vincent adopted similar routes through Concord and Corstorphine, both including plenty of hill work. Jennifer Radley completed the journey well in only her second Saturday as a Caversham member.
  
This Saturday Caversham will be competing in the Edmond Cup Steeplechase events at Wingatui Racecourse. The walkers will also meet at Wingatui at 1 PM.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  2 July 2014
Hi everyone. I haven't given up altogether, but as Kieran and Stu are doing such a great job of communicating events, there hasn't been much for me to add.

However, here we are about half-way through the winter season, and things are about to get busy. On Saturday week, the annual Edmond Cup Cross Country race will be held at Wingatui, and entries are now  being called for. Looking at the confirmed entries on the Athletics Otago website, there aren't many Caversham athletes entered as yet. Entries are to be done on-line and it is not very difficult as I found out tonight. There is a new format for the main event this year and the race has been reduced to 5 km with teams of four. Again there are various age groups and also a walking race so get your entries in. (see here for Athletics Otago site)

Two weeks later the Otago Cross Country is at Waikouaiti, but in between we are having a pack run/walk from the Hoopers Inlet hall on the Peninsula to give every-one the opportunity to see the sights on the other side.

Most of you will be aware that the clubrooms are in need of attention, and at the moment a sub-committee is looking into various options for improvements, ranging from quite an extensive reconstruction, down to renovations. You will be kept informed.

I the meantime please don't forget the two trips away, the Clyde to Alexandra races (click here for details), and of course, the National Road Relays at Akaroa.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  21 June 2014
Last Saturday Caversham was hosted by the Civil Service Harrier Club for a combined Run and Walk held from the Civil Service Clubrooms at Tahuna Park. The faster runners and the faster walking group tackled the traditional Centre Road circuit with the remainder heading up to Shiel Hill and Waverley taking in a number of the new Waverley sub divisions.  Caversham members all enjoyed the relaxed day and the change of environment. Thanks to Civil Service for their friendly hospitality provided to us.

At the Balclutha Half Marathon held on Sunday Jonah Smith was second in the Open Men in 1.15.57, John Landreth was first in the Masters Men 50 in 1.34.35 and Stacey Hebbard third in the Masters Women 35-49 in 1.52.14 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  14 June 2014
The Club Cross-Country Races were held last Saturday on a course surrounding the Island Park Reserve Waldronville. Underfoot conditions were generally good.

The Open Mens Race was won by Jonah Smith in 29.13 with Ken McDonald second in 29.48 and Gareth Benic third in 30.51. Ken McDonald was the winner of the Sealed Handicap. The Open Womens race was won in good style by Donna Young in 25.36 with Maria Sleeman second in 27.25 and Karen Rowley third in 31.28.

Geoff Anderson won the Men 50 race in a quick 14.49 with John Landreth second in 15.58 and Ian McDonald third in 17.24. Gail Sharp won the Women 50 in 20.12 with Claire Giles second in 20.37.
In other grades Andrew Smith won the Boys U16 in 14.46 with Jayden Toomey second in 15.52 and Pat Flannagan third in 16.23. Tessa Brownlie won the U16 Girls in 21.28.
Zinzan Smith won the Men U20 in 24.20 with Ben Rowley second in 27.10. Ben was the Sealed Handicap Winner. The Girls U13 2000 m was won by Jordan Evans-Tobata in 5.34 with Pyper Johnson second and Petra Milne third.
Roger Leslie led home the 16 strong Walkers field in 23.30 with Tom Cockerill second 24.11 and Dave McWhinnie third in 26.51.   Donna Tumaru was first of the women competitors in 27.55 with Katherine Van Der Vliet second in 28.29.

Thanks to all officials who assisted on the day and to Murray Reynolds for his work in organising the course.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  5 June 2014
Hi there. Not really very much for me to write about this week, as it is all covered in Stu and Kieran's emails. What a relief did I hear?

However, I would like to remind everyone of the Cadbury Dunedin Pre Marathon Seminar: Click  here   for details.

This is as you will see, being held at the Sargood Centre, Logan Park, at 7:00pm next Tuesday.   Even if you are not planning on running in the Marathon, these seminars have something for everyone to learn. Thank you to Barbara and Geoff Anderson for conducting these each year.

There is a normal pack run/walk this Saturday, but also remember that Peter Blackwood is holding a meeting at the clubrooms at 1:00pm to discuss the NZ Road Relays at Akaroa and to gauge interest from those wishing to go. It may seem like early days but this trip takes a lot of organising and accommodation is an issue in Christchurch. 

Sunday sees the running of the Barnes Cross Country, and this is time for another reminder about subs. To run in this event you must be registered and to be registered you must have paid your sub. This also counts when running in the Club Cross Country the following Saturday, where you must be financial to be able to win any trophies.

That's all from me this week, enjoy your running and walking.

Cheers

Colin

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  27 May 2014

I can remember about four years ago, waiting for Claire Giles to complete the uphill leg at Akaroa before my run down to Duvauchelle, and there were about ten of us sheltering from the wind and rain behind a large road sign. That was absolutely nothing compared with what happened on Saturday at the "Ponydales". I have to admit to our runners still competing in the Senior Men's Relay, that I also took shelter and missed seeing them finish. To carry on and finish the event in third place was a great effort. Congratulations to all those who took part, and again it was pleasing to see the children giving their all in quite tough conditions.

Hopefully, the weather will improve for our annual trek with Taieri Harriers over the Pineapple Track next Saturday, but please ensure that you bring a weatherproof jacket and perhaps some thermals just in case. We tend to take this run/walk a bit more seriously. Stu and Kieran will be advising times etc in their weekly emails or check here.

Peter Blackwood reminded everybody of the need to start thinking seriously about competing at the NZ Road Relays at Akaroa on the 4th October as reservations have to be made. Peter will be holding a meeting at 1pm on Saturday 7th June at the clubrooms (before our normal pack run/walk) to try and gauge the number of members wishing to take part.  October may seem a long way off, but with the state of accommodation in Christchurch bookings will have to be made soon. This is always a great event to be part of as a competitor or as a supporter.

The next cross country event is the Barnes Cross Country on Sunday 8th June, so please let Alison know if you wish to compete. There are races for all ages and even a walking race.

Cheers,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  21 May 2014
Thank you to those who turned out to help with the running of the Secondary Schools Relay races at Kings High School on Tuesday. Our club has been involved with this event since around 1988 and it is looked forward to by the athletes. It was good to look through the results and see the names of quite a few of our younger members, and hopefully Caversham's presence will encourage more to join us.

Congratulations also to Jonah Smith for his second placing in the Otago Peninsula Challenge last Sunday. This is apparently quite a tough event and Jonah was quoted as saying that he was treating it as a training run. We look forward to more successes during the winter when he isn't on a training run.

On the downside unfortunately, Caversham did not provide any helpers for the Challenge. With events such as this each club is required to provide a certain number of officials, and it is disappointing that in this case we did not come up with any. I will be calling for volunteers over the next few months for the Barnes Cross Country, the Edmond Cup Cross Country, the Otago Cross Country, the Otago Road Race Championships, the Port Chalmers to Dunedin Race, and the Otago Peninsula Relays. These are events run by Athletics Otago and depend on marshals from its member clubs. Please help if you can.

You may have read or heard about one of our members, Glenn Sutton, who is in the middle of training for one of the world's toughest races, the Badwater Ultra-marathon race in the USA. This race of 135 miles (approx 216km) goes through part of Death Valley where temperatures can reach 55 degrees. Glenn has built a special heated room at his house with a treadmill to acclimatise himself, and last Saturday he ran to Oamaru. We wish you well, Glenn.

"Ponydales" Relay races are on this Saturday, and it seems that we will be well represented in all age groups, and there is also a race for walkers. For our walking group, and those runners not competing, meet as usual at the clubrooms at 1:30pm. Kieran and Stu will be emailing further information.

Be prepared for our annual trek over the Pineapple Track the following Saturday, a pack event not to be missed.

See you on Saturday,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  13 May 2014
I feel as if I am being made redundant with the excellent communications being sent out by Stu McCormack and Kieran Columb each week, plus the Cavy Chat Newsletter compiled by Phil Coakes. 

However, it was a great turnout last Saturday at Forbury and I'm sure that the other clubs noticed it too. Thank you to Brian Watkins for organising the event and the willing team of officials that stood in the quite cold conditions, the handicappers, and Fr John Harrison for his work in getting the results out so promptly.

As mentioned, the Caversham Harriers Secondary School Relays are being held at Kings High School next Tuesday and if anyone has a couple of hours to spare from 12:30, please get in touch with Maria Sleeman at: MariaWSleeman@gmail.com Your assistance with the Start and Finish would be appreciated.

Please see below a message from Sport Otago regarding the upcoming World Athletics Day at the stadium. Caversham was the only club to help out with this event last year and it provided a great profile for the club. It would be great if we could run at least one of the events for them this year and have our Cavy flag on the pitch again. Only two people are needed per event but there are 3, 2 hour time slots throughout the day.

If anyone is available can you please get in contact with Lyndon Marfell at: lyndonm@lunds.co.nz ASAP, thanks! Also if your kids want to be involved make sure they enter through their schools, it's not in zones this year so any school can enter.

IAAF KIDS ATHLETICS COMPETITION
To celebrate 'World Athletics Day 2014' in Otago, Kids' Team Athletics Competitions will be held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday 30 May.  Each school is invited to enter teams of 8-10 children for the event.  Schools may enter more than one team.  The event this year is aimed at Year 5 & 6 students.  Numbers are limited so make sure to be in quick. 

Teams will rotate around different stations.  At each station, teams will score points based on their team's performance. Teams will play fun games that mimic the skills of running, jumping, and throwing; so get involved!    

Each team is expected to provide one teacher or parent helper to help out at a station. 

KEY INFORMATION

Date:    Friday 30 May 2014

Time Slots:   9.30am to 11.00am; or 11.15am to 12.45pm; or 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Venue:   Forsyth Barr Stadium

Thank you in anticipation, and see you at the Clubrooms this Saturday at 1:30pm

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  12 May 2014
The Club held their Vice Presidents 5000 metre races at Forbury Park Raceway last Saturday in fine weather on a sticky track surface. There were excellent numbers on hand for all races.

The Winner of the Morris Cup for the Senior Race was Stacey Hebbard starting off a 20 min Handicap in a finishing time of 25.13. Zinzan Smith ran a fine race for second in 19.34 with Lyndon Marfell continuing his comeback to racing third in 19.54. Ben Anderson recorded fastest time of 16.18.
The Walkers Handicapped 5K was won by first year member Kirsty Van Royen in 33.42 with Colin Dick second and David McWhinnie third. Colin Dick recorded fastest time of 33.17. A field of 19 completed the journey.
The Junior one lap race was won by Pat Flannagan in 3.35 with Max Milne second in 3.41 and Alex Brown third in 3.50. It was pleasing to have 14 competitors all enjoying their racing.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  6 May 2014

Congratulations to those who competed at the Lovelock Relays on Saturday. Particularly pleasing was the range of age groups representing Caversham, from the masterful Masters Women to the exuberant Children's teams. The number one team aquitted itself well considering the odd injury niggle and we look forward to the cross-country events coming up.

Next up of course is the Vice-Presidents 5000 at Forbury Park this Saturday. There is a 1000 metre race for age 15 and under (one lap), followed by a 5000 metre race for walkers, and the VP Race of 5000 metres for runners. These are all handicap races so please let Alison Newall, Stu McCormack and Kieran Columb know urgently if you intend to compete.

There is a shortage of officials to help run the events so please let Brian Watkins know if you can help at: anneandbrian@xtra.co.nz .

There are also a few events coming up over the next few weeks where all clubs are required to provide officials and marshals, including the otago Peninsula Challenge on Sunday the 18th May, and the Caversham Harriers Secondary School Relays on Tuesday 20th May. Please keep these in mind.

Also coming up is:

To celebrate 'IAAF World Athletics Day 2014' in Otago, Kids' Team Athletics Competitions will be held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday 30 May. All Dunedin primary schools are invited to enter teams of 8-10 children (Year 5 & 6 students). They can choose out of three different time slots: 9.30-11am/11.15am-12.45pm/1.00-2.30pm.

This event is a perfect opportunity for clubs to promote themselves towards primary school kids. It would be great to have some Caversham club members there to promote the club and to help out with some of the stations. Let me know if the club is keen on this. It's pretty similar to what happened last year, although this time, all Dunedin primary schools and all clubs are invited.

See you all on Saturday,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  28 April 2014

Well, we're really into the winter season now, and the annual Lovelock Relays are upon us already. These are held at the University Oval ground and the event is conducted by Hill City - University, in memory of the late Jack Lovelock. The Ted Brown/McStay Cup races last Saturday were also helpful to the club handicappers to make up the teams to compete in the Lovelock relays. Caversham teams have had success over the last four years and I feel confident that Caversham will again be to the fore next Saturday. The programme of races can be found at: http://hillcity.org.nz/harriers/lovelock-relays/

Good luck to those competing and to those who aren't, please give your support. There will be a club walk from the grounds at 1:30pm, and a pack run as well. Remember that the University Oval is where test cricket is played, and the entrance is near the end of Logan Park Drive on the RH side.

There is no stopping now we are underway, and the following Saturday the annual 5000 metre Vice President races will be held on the Forbury Park Trotting Track. This is a popular event with handicap races for walkers and runners alike. It's not everyone who gets a chance to set foot on this track so I would encourage everyone to give it a go, and contact Alison Newall, Stu McCormack or Kieran Columb.

Remember to keep an eye on upcoming events on the Club Website, and Stu and Kieran are doing an excellent job of communicating with members each week.

Cheers,

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  28 April 2014
The Club held the Ted Brown Memorial and associated 1500 metre races at Kaikorai Valley on Saturday in fine overhead conditions on a wet and muddy grass track.  Saturday marked the 30th staging of the Ted Brown Memorial Races.
 
There were good participating numbers in all races making for keen competition. The Ted Brown Memorial was won by Maria Sleeman in her first competitive outing following an injury layoff. Esther Sibbald was second and the father and son combination of Ian and Kenneth McDonald filled third and fourth places respectively. The walkers race was won by Julie Edmunds in an excellent time of 8.15.

Results were:
Ted Brown Memorial 1500: Maria Sleeman 6.04, 1st; Esther Sibbald 6.06, 2nd; Ian McDonald 6.12, 3rd; Kenneth McDonald 5.14, 4th. Fastest time: Lorenz Kissling 4.35.
McStay Memorial 1500: Sam Hopper 4.42, 1st; Nathan White 6.43, 2nd; Andrew Smith 5.10, 3rd; Jonah Smith 4.51, 4th.
Children 1 Lap Race: Darcy Evans-Tobata 3.4,8 1st; Jessica Brownlie 4.24, 2nd; Jordan Evans-Tobata 3.19, 3rd; Max Milne 3.05, 4th;
Tessa Brownlie 5.30, 5th.
Walkers: Julie Edmunds 8.15, 1st; Tom Cockerill 9.21, 2nd; Colin Dick 9.55, 3rd; Kirsty Van Royen 10.07, 4th.
This Saturday Club Members will compete in the Annual Lovelock Relay Races at the University Oval.

The Ted Brown Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Club 1500 metre Handicap Race. The year 2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of this prestigious club event.  
The race memorialises a former Club Member, Ted Brown.  Ted joined Caversham in 1929 after starting his athletic career with the Abbotsford Harriers. He won the Vice Presidents 3 Mile Race in 1930 and went on to gain a place in the victorious Caversham Kennett Cup Cross Country Team the same year. His involvement in competitive athletics was considerably shortened on becoming a member of the Metropolitan Fire Board in 1933, thus preventing his attendance at the Saturday runs. Always with the interests of the Club at heart, he made a re-appearance in 1942 to assist it through the lean years suffered as a direct result of the Second World War. Ted did tremendous work as a trainer of junior members from about 1945.
Ted was Club Captain in 1933, was elected Vice President from 1946 to 1948 and again from 1950 to 1955 and was Club President from 1948 to 1950. For many years he filled the role of Club Delegate to the Otago Centre, and he was awarded Life Membership in 1955.
 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  22 April 2014
Hi everyone, and I hope that you all had a good break over Easter, but I believe that many are still on holiday.

Just a brief note to let you know what is happening this Saturday. Due to the unavailability of the Caledonian Ground due to a couple of soccer matches, we will revert to Plan B, and conduct our races at the Kaikorai College ground as we did last year.

We will meet at the clubrooms at the normal time, 1:30pm, and proceed to Kaikorai Valley, (some may even like to warm up by running there).

The 1500 metre race for walkers will be first on the program, followed by an 800 metre race for colts (15 years and under). The 1500 metre race for 16 years and over will follow, and this will incorporate the J W McStay and the Ted Brown Memorial Cup fields. Incidentally, this will be the 30th running of the Ted Brown Memorial, and Ted's daughter, Avalda Howie will be present on Saturday.

For those who don't know what event they qualify for go to this page.

It is important for the handicapper and the timekeepers to know which event you qualify for.

For newcomers and especially walkers, please have a go as these can be quite enjoyable races and it gives the handicappers some idea of your ability for later events.

  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  10 April 2014
Hi everyone. That is a very fitting tribute to Pat Sidon, written by John Stinson. Everyone will have their memories of Pat, and he will certainly be missed but not forgotten. My own memories go back to the mid 1950's watching Pat striding off into the distance in the Brighton to Green Island race either chasing or being followed by the shorter striding Ron Cain. Then, when I rejoined Caversham in 1980, Pat was one of the first to welcome me and gave me encouragement on my first pack run. This encouragement to club-members was very evident three years ago at the Ponydales when Pat was out in the field on the long downhill run giving Daniel Balchin support as he charged towards the finish line. Pat was very impressed that the rest of the winning team was also out there and mentioned that the teamwork reminded him of the fifties and sixties.

Well, Opening Day saw a few new faces, and I hear that there may be a few more turning up as the season progresses. As many club-members were at Pat's funeral, some of the usual Opening Day functions were postponed. As a result we will present the summer trophies this Saturday, so hopefully most recipients will be present. Our Club Patron, Ron Cain Q.S.M. will open the season and I'll introduce Club Captains etc. We will keep things brief and try to do this through the season.

So, there we are, a normal club day this Saturday, meeting at 1:30pm at the Club-rooms. Please try to encourage friends to come along, and remember that our subs are the cheapest in Dunedin, and in fact for those under 20, there is no subscription payable.

See you all there,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  9 April 2014
The official opening of the 2014 Winter Season was held at the Clubrooms Middleton Road in cool overcast weather last Saturday. The afternoon opened with a minute's silence for the sad passing of Club Patron, Life Member and former champion athlete Pat Sidon on April 1st.

A good sized running pack led by Club Captain Stu McCormack headed off down Blackhead Road and down Church Hill Road to Green Island. Their return run was through Burnside and up Stephensons Road, Concord. New members Stacey Hebbard and Lauren Parker did well with the former staging a big sprint finish alongside leader Stu McCormack.

The Walkers led by Dave McWhinnie enjoyed a mystery outing through Calton Hill and Corstorphine which proved a good fitness tester for the season ahead.

An enjoyable social time was held back at the Clubrooms to conclude a successful and enjoyable affternoon.

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  1 April 2014

Welcome members, old and new, to the 110th Winter Season of the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club. It is quite a long name and we are more commonly known as "Cavy" or "Cavvie" or other similar abbreviated names. Whatever we are called, we have been around since 1905 and are firmly established as one of Dunedin's longest surviving sports clubs, with a proud history.

To those members returning for another season, please make our new members feel at home, and to those joining us for the first time, or even returning after a break, please make yourselves known. As usual, we will have lost one or two key members who have had to shift away for work or studies, but I am certain that there will be replacements, and I feel that this year will be a very successful one.

The past summer athletic season saw a number of Caversham athletes competing regularly at the Caledonian with quite a few successes. The numbers may have been down, but there were many personal best performances. The Masters Games resulted in many medals, mainly in the Walking section, and even in events as diverse as rowing, indoors and outdoors. Some members went to extremes in physical activities, competing in the Motatapu Marathon events. Glenn Sutton, Roger Leslie and Bruce Adams competed in the Northburn Station 100 mile race, Geoff Anderson rode the length of New Zealand and Ron Cain climbed his ladder onto the roof of his house. As I write this, news has come through of Ben Anderson winning the silver medal in the 800m at the NZ National Athletic Championships, and Sydney Evans-Tobata a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metre relay as part of the Otago team that also set a new Otago record. Ex-member Dan Balchin won gold and silver medals in the steeplechase, and 5000m races and just missed the bronze in the 1500m.

Our Children's Section had a very successful summer and a big thank you to Lyndon Marfell and his team of senior club members who spent a lot of time coaching these young people. It was my privilege to attend their prize-giving last week and I can see many future athletes in their ranks.

Kieran Columb again arranged interesting walks each fortnight to keep everyone from going stale and losing fitness. His dedication to the Walking Section is greatly appreciated and many of you will have come along to Caversham after receiving one of Kieran's letters.

And so to the winter, and a varied selection of runs and walks has been arranged which are listed in the Club Syllabus (or Programme). These include pack runs and walks from the club-rooms and other venues. We will also be hosting other clubs from time to time and these visits are reciprocated. Many of you will have joined us for competitive reasons, and you will be encouraged to take part in the many events run by either Athletics Otago or our own club. We have coaches who are happy to help you, and advice is also willingly shared by some of our more seasoned athletes.

Caversham is able to offer the lowest subscription rates in Dunedin due to the success of the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon. To attract younger members such as students we even provide free membership, including registration, to those under 20 years old. The Marathon has been successfully organised by Caversham for 29 years and the help of all club-members on the day is appreciated.

Enough from me, so again, welcome and enjoy your running or walking.

Colin Dick

Club President 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  3 March 2014

Hello Club Members,

I had just been traipsing over the Pineapple Track as a "wake up" last Sunday morning and realised that the first issue of "Cavy Chat" was due to be issued, and I had been asked to contribute something. As it turns out, I was too late.  "Cavy Chat" is a new idea promoted by Phil Coakes, and follows on from a long list of newsletters and other forms of communications aimed at keeping everyone informed of the activities of the club.

My early recollections of Club newsletters are of typewritten pages run off on a "Gestetner" copying machine. These were mainly written and printed, I believe, by Gilbert Hebbard, our Club Historian and Statistician. These were followed by more elaborate efforts, with contributions from the President, Club Captains, Coach, Treasurer and others, including someone with the non-de-plume "Rolf Harrier". Then photos were able to be printed and advertising included to help pay for the printing of the newsletter. Gradually the newsletter became quite a sophisticated publication under the editorship of Pauline Begg for several years and then Debby Foster, and latterly, April Anderson.

Now, we move into the era of communication via our website and emails, and we trust that this will develop into a more instant form of newsletter, with contributions from a varied number of members, rather than a boring weekly prattle from one person. So, thank you Phil, and I hope that we get to hear from a wide section of club members airing their comments and grizzles, along with suggestions on improvements to the Club. Who knows, we may even hear from "Rolf Harrier".

Summer has now gone and I hope that all club members have enjoyed competing in different fields of sporting activities. It has been heartening to see members' names appearing in the results of various sports. Not everyone has been in hibernation. It appears that not so many have been competing regularly at the weekly Caledonian athletic events but those who have done, have achieved good results. The NZ Masters Games was also a happy hunting ground for those in search of medals, and many club members came away happy with their performances. Some even had success in unfamiliar sports, such as indoor rowing.

Skipping autumn, we are fast approaching winter and the Club's opening day is scheduled for Saturday, 5th April. From all accounts we may see several new members and some previous members making a return.

In the mean-time, thank you to those members who have made themselves available as marshals for the Stadium to Surf Fun Run next Sunday, and also at the Otago Secondary School Championships on Saturday.

Cheers,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  26 February 2014
Club members again performed well at the Athletics Otago Interclub Meeting held at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday, particularly in the distance running events. In the 1500 metres races Sam Tindley won the Men15-17 in 4.49.29 while Zinzan Smith recorded a personal best time of 4.53.72 when winning the Men18-19 race.  Jonah Smith won the Men20-34 in 4.30.58.

In the 400 metres Lorenz Kissling was second in the Men18-19 in 56.45 while Andrew Smith recorded a similar placing in the Men15-17 in 60.66. John Landreth ran an excellent race in the Men35 finishing third in 64.25, this following an earlier third in the 1500 metres in 5.03.57.

In other events Claire Giles was first in the Women35 80m Hurdles in 18.37 and Julie Edmunds was first in the Women35 3000m Walk in 16.46.85

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  20 February 2014
Congratulations to Club members who competed well at the Otago Track and Field Championships last weekend. In the track events Ben Anderson won the Men20-34 800m in 1.56.15. Lorenz Kissling was second in the Men18-19 1500m in 4.09.37 and third in the 800m in 2.02.43. Andrew Smith continued his recent good form finishing second in the Men15-17 1500m in 4.33.58 and second in the 3000m in 10.32.15 Claire Giles enjoyed a great weekend in the Women50 winning the 80m hurdles in 17.59 and the 800m in 3.01.48.  Claire also recorded second placings in the 100, 200 and 400m races.

In the field events Brent Cheshire was first in the Men20-34 high jump with 1.90m. Claire Giles was second in the Women50 long jump and third in the shot put, javelin and discus. Alison Newall was first in the Women50 triple jump with 7.67m, second in the javelin with 17.63m and third in the long jump and weight throw.

 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  11 February 2014

Jonah Smith recorded a personal best time of 15.57.41 when finishing third in the Men 20-34 Otago Championship 5000 metres held at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday. In the 3000 metres held later in the day Andrew Smith also recorded a personal best of 10.07.88 when winning the Men 15-17 while brother Zinzan Smith won the Men 18-19 in 11.11.97.  In the 300m hurdles Otago Championship Claire Giles won the Women 35 race with a time of 60.40. Claire also won the Women 35 60m in 9.57 and the 100m with 15.34. In the field events Claire was first in the Women 35 shot put with 8.08m, second in the discus with 17.79m and second in the long jump with 3.67m. Clubmate Alison Newall was first in the Women 35 Triple Jump with 7.57m, second in the shot put with 7.44m and third in the long jump and hammer throw. On the track Alison was first in the Women 35 200m in 33.19 and second in the 100m in 15.71.

Well done all.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  26 November 2013

Ho Ho Ho Everybody,

I hope this short note finds you all in a relaxed state, but not too relaxed if you have competition coming up soon.

Having not been to the Caledonian so far this summer, my knowledge of what has been happening there is limited to the Monday's ODT results. As far as I can see, there appears to be a disappointing number of Caversham Athletes competing. However, those that are competing are acquitting themselves quite well, so congratulations.

Kieran has been taking groups on different and interesting walks every second weekend and those that have joined him are enjoying the change of scenery.

Many of you will be aware that Julie Edmunds has been selected to representNew Zealandat the Oceania Race Walking Cup inHobartAustralia, in February 2014. Congratulations Julie, and I know you will be spending a lot of time over the next few weeks training hard.

To all members who have the Otago Championships in their sights, good luck.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to catching up in the New Year.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 

 PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  26 November 2013

Thank you to those who attended the AGM, with a 50% increase in numbers over the last two years.  Just about every position was filled, with mostly existing members returned, but with a sprinkling of new blood to bring fresh ideas.  Discussion was varied and some underlying dissatisfactions were brought up, meaning that the incoming Committee has some work ahead of it.

 A full list of Officers will be published soon, but in the meantime the 2013 Annual Report follows:

 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2013

Last year I described 2012 as a year of highs and lows, and 2013 could probably best be described as steady.  Unfortunately we had lost quite a few of our key runners who have had to travel north for study and employment reasons. These runners have carried on their athletic pursuits with success and in fact as I write this, a report has come through of Daniel Balchin winning a 5km race inJapanin a PB of 13:57:26. However, we have a group of younger runners coming through to take their places.

During the summer, fewer runners than usual competed but those that did, achieved good results, including Ben Anderson's Otago 1500m title, Peter Meffan's bronze medal in the NZ 10,000m, and Jonah Smith's NZ  U20 10,000m title. Jonah's younger brother, Andrew, was successful in the Ness Cup 1 mile race. Meanwhile two of our more mature ladies, Claire Giles and Alison Newall competed in everything going.

To the winter and it was a team of our younger athletes that finished a close second in the Lovelock relay, won the team's race at the Ponydales, followed by Ben Anderson and Peter Meffan leading a young Caversham team to another Edmond Cup success. Peter was first, with Ben third in the Otago Cross Country, and our younger runners took out the U20 team's race.

Training Grants were awarded to Peter Meffan, Ben Anderson, Jonah Smith, Lorenz Kissling, Sam Hopper, Julie Edmunds, and Joe Matthews.

Kieran Columb has carried on his good work in growing the Walking Section and this is evident in the numbers that turn out regularly for the Saturday walks. Some of our walkers have been competing in races around the country with Julie Edmunds winning a NZ Walking 15km Championship, while Tom Cockerill andJim Kerse competed in very long events.

The Children's Section is thriving under the guidance of Lyndon Marfell, who has, amongst others, his mother, Vanessa, Evelyn Armstrong, Peter Barham and Kenneth McDonald helping on Tuesday nights. A substantial number of these children are competing at the Caledonian on Saturdays, so it is to be hoped that this is where the future of the senior club lies.

Our major event of the year, the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon, was again very successful and this is a credit to Phil Coakes and the Marathon Committee. Each year they fine tune an already well-oiled machine and come up trumps, or at least this is how it seems to outsiders. However, this team contributes hundreds of hours each year to the effort.  I must single out Ian McDonald in particular for his comeback from an extremely serious medical condition to take on the logistics of traffic management amongst his other work. In the last days leading up to, and on the day itself, I am proud of the way that most club-members pitch in to do their bit. The Marathon has become an iconic sporting event in Dunedin, and although there are some who are envious of Caversham, it should be known that this provides a large portion of the annual funding of Athletics Otago.

The Saturday club runs/walks continue, albeit with fewer runners these days, but these form a very important part of the club's activities and it would be a sad day if we followed the thinking of some other clubs. Credit must be given to those members who have organized our internal races, in many cases foregoing their own entries in these events. Thanks to Murray Reynolds, it looks as if we have an excellent cross-country course for the future.

Anne Watkins and the Social Committee have been successful again with raffles and arranging social events. From reports, the final fling at Waihola was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and it showcased the musical talents of several members.

I couldn't finish this report without recognizing Ron Cain's QSM.

Finally, there are challenges ahead, with NZ Athletics' decision to hold all Championships in the North Islandin the foreseeable future, and the continuing competition from other sporting activities.

The club-rooms continue to create discussion; do we renovate, extend, or try to relocate?

Thank you to the Committee for the amount of work that has been carried out this year, and to April for her very professional guidance.

Colin Dick

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  12 November 2013

Hi one and all!

This is just a very short note to let you know that Caversham Harriers has not shut down completely. Already a month has gone by and all those gardens must be in shape by now.

With no Athletics Otago website, I have to read Monday's ODT to see how our members are performing on the Caledonian.

It appears that quite a few regulars are having a spell but names that I have noticed include; Sam Tindley, Andrew Smith, Zinzan Smith, Andrew McCaig, Claire Giles , Alison Newall, and John Landreth making a comeback with some very good performances. Then, Julie Edmunds breaking her age group Otago record was a good performance this last weekend, and a solo walk as well.

Stu McCormack and Peter Hughes appear in the results of the Coastal Classic, while I am told that Jim Kerse and Tom Cockerill competed in the 6 hour and 12 hour walks respectively in Christchurch.

Well done all you folk.

Kieran reports that there was a good turnout for the first of the summer walks which was a pretty tough one on the Millenium Track at Taieri Mouth. He has changed the dates of the next walks, so check out the website and no doubt Kieran will let us all know.

Finally, here is another plug for the Annual General Meeting at the Clubrooms on Tuesday 26th November at 7:30pm. (Note the change of date from that first announced.)

This is your chance to have a say in the running of your club, and I know that there are some things to be said. Please make an effort to come along. Nibbles and a mystery prize on the night.

Keep up the running and walking,

Colin

  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  9 October 2013
Well, we're on the home run, so to speak, and the winter season comes to a finish this Saturday.

I haven't heard a great deal about the trip to Akaroa, but from what I have heard, it was quite an enjoyable trip. Two names have been spoken about, Kenneth McDonald running out of his skin to hold out the United Otago team until the last few metres, and Mitch Hopping, who gave his all on the downhill leg. Unfortunately Mitch collapsed at the finish and after some treatment from Peter Meffan, amongst others, he was transported to Christchurch by helicopter for treatment. It is hoped that he has made a full recovery.

A look at the results (click here to see them) shows that Ben Anderson had the team in third place at the end of the first leg, not far behind Daniel Balchin, and Hamish Carson, who has been New Zealand's 1500 metre champion for the last couple of years. Peter Meffan had the team still in contention at the end of the second leg with his 6th place run. These are names I have heard about in the scant amount of information, but I am certain that everyone ran to the best of their abilities. As has been reported, Daniel Balchin, Oska Inkster-Baynes, and Tony Payne were members of the first and third placed A grade teams. Another ex Caversham runner to appear in the results was Paul Forster, running now for Wellington Harriers which won the over 50's race.

On other matters, I have been told that Jim Kerse, who is recovering from a very serious broken leg, has travelled to Auckland and has taken his bike with him. He is planning to ride his bike back to Dunedin. That's some way to get strength back into his legs!

Ron Cain turned 82 on Sunday. Happy Birthday, Ron.

This Saturday is the final day for the season and again it clashes with the opening of the Athletics season at the Caledonian Ground. However, we will have a last pack run/walk at 1:30pm, followed by afternoon tea at 3:00 (a plate please). This will be followed by the presentation of the year's certificates, the aggregate trophies and other annual trophies.

If all goes to plan, we should be finished in time for you all to get home to get ready for the Sixties Theme Social Night.

Finally, the Annual General Meeting of the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club is set down for the 19th November. There are a number of people stepping down this year, so it's important that everyone has a good look around, with a view to nominating good people to serve the club on the Committee.

Cheers,

Colin

 
THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   8 October 2013
A Club Run and Walk was held from the Clubrooms Middleton Road in brilliantly fine weather last Saturday. Numbers were small with a large number of Club Members involved in the National Road Relays in Christchurch. The Walking Group pooled cars and met up at Stone Street before setting off towards Highgate and a long walk through the Roslyn area with the group led by Ian Dick turning back at Prospect Park.  Mary Vincent and Laurel Hendl were setting a brisk pace on the walk back to Stone Street, while Gunver Fridel was going particularly well in the group led by Kieran Columb. It was a lovely area to be in on such a great day.

Our teams competing in the National Road Relays fared reasonably well with the Senior Team finishing 10th in the tough A Grade competition. Ben Anderson was 3rd fastest runner on Lap 1 with 30.36 and Peter Meffan 6th fastest on Lap 2 with 33.41. Our two teams competing in the Social Grade competition finished 8th and 14th respectively. Being part of a national event provided great competition for our junior runners Joe Matthews, Andrew and Zinzan Smith and Jayden Toomey, who all enjoyed the experience gained.

This Saturday the Final Club Run and Walk for the 2013 Winter Season will be held from the Clubrooms at 1.30pm followed by the presentation of winter trophies and certificates.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  2 October 2013

"Still coming....we hope..." to quote Webmaster Barry Sleeman, was enough to fire up my computer.

Unfortunately, at this time of the year there isn't a great deal to say, which is no doubt a great relief to those who bother to read this.

However, this weekend does see the running of probably one of the biggest events on the winter calendar. The New Zealand Road Relay Championships involve many hundreds of athletes from all over the country, from the elite to the slowest social runners. It has traditionally been held alternatively on North Island and South Island circuits, with Akaroa hosting it every four years. It is probably the most popular course for this event, with some tough hills to challenge the toughest competitors, compensated by the beautiful scenery. This is what attracts the large numbers, and this year Caversham is being represented by three teams. It is unlikely that a podium position will result, but the experience will be well worth it, so good luck to you all.

Next Saturday we will be running/walking from the clubrooms, with obviously a lot more walkers than runners. This leads me to the fact that Kieran does a sterling job in organising the walking section but could do with more help in actually plotting interesting routes to walk. If anyone has a favourite area, please let Kieran know, and volunteer to take a pack out on the odd Saturday. It's probably a bit late in the season now, but over the summer I'm sure some of you will have good ideas.

Talking about the end of the season, the final Saturday is the following week. There will be a final pack walk/run, probably a bit shorter than usual to enable us to have afternoon tea and presentation of the year's certificates. Time will be of the essence, as many will be setting off on the Sixties Theme Social Evening arranged by Anne and the Social Committee.

I'm pleased to say that Lyndon Marfell has two people to help him with the Children's Section; Sydney Evans-Tobata (just finished as one of the children and now helping), and Kenneth McDonald. Thank you both, so Lyndon now needs just one more. No experience necessary, as the position involves creating fun and enjoyment. Have a word with Lyndon, as the Children's section is important to the Club. Or give him a call - 03 552 1724 & 027 453 0279 or Email: lyndon@lunds.co.nz.

To finish off this brief pratter, I must start reminding you of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting in November. There will be a few committee members standing down this year so put on your thinking caps, have a look around, and get ready to nominate those whom you think are doing a good job or suitable replacements.

Cheers,

Colin


THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   1 October 2013
A club run and walk was held from the Clubrooms last Saturday in overcast weather as Guests of the Club Presidents and Club Captains. Claire Giles took a small medium running group on a tour of South Dunedin and a tough climb up Easther Crescent to arrive home. Evelyn Armstrong and Emerson Pratt ran well in this group. The slower running group enjoyed an outing along the St. Clair and St.Kilda beaches in favourable tide conditions. Ian McDonald received mention for a good run as he regains fitness after a lengthy layoff.

The Walkers led by Kieran Columb pooled cars down to The Oval before setting off to explore part of Mornington and the Town Belt. The route provided for some lovely views overlooking the city and also a number of unfamiliar flights of steps. Nancy Smith and Phil Bray were prominent all the way while relative newcomers Donna Ferguson and Laurel Hendl handled the uphill sections well.

Thanks to our Club Presidents and Captains for their generous hospitality provided for us on Saturday. This Saturday a Club Run and Walk will be held from the Clubrooms while Caversham will also be represented by three teams at the National Road Relay Championships in Christchurch. The Closing Day for the 2013 Winter Season will be held at the Clubrooms on Saturday October 12.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS    17 September 2013
Hi one and all. It's that time of the year again where most of the events have been completed and we are heading for the end of the winter season.

There are two more races before the Athletic season commences, one of which is the NZ Road Relay Championships in Christchurch. This entails a bus trip to Christchurch and a relay race from Takahe to Akaroa. The cream of New Zealand athletes will be there and it is a great event which brings out the best in people. We have names to make up three teams and while first three placings are not expected I'm sure these participants will thoroughly enjoy the experience. However, these participants require support, so the bus trip is not just about the competitors, but it is a chance for other club members to have a break away and enjoy the social activities. There are seats available and a choice of accommodation, so please contact:

Peter Blackwood on: Email: sunsth@es.co.nz
Phone: 488-2322  or 0272 742 366

The bus and vans are paid for by the club and a range of accommodation at Meadowpark on Papanui Road has been booked. The only cost to you is accommodation, meals and refreshments, so get in quickly.

The other event is the Hill Free Half Marathon conducted by Hill City/University on Sunday 13th October. For those of you who were involved in the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon, here is an opportunity to have a run yourself. The Half Marathon incorporates the Otago Championships this year.

Apart from these, closing day is approaching and following that the Annual General Meeting of the club where it is your opportunity to have your say in the running of the club. There will be more of that over the next few weeks.

In the meantime I have had a request from Lyndon Marfell who has been running the Children's Section for the last three years. Lyndon is recovering from back surgery and a serious infection so will not be able to carry out as much as previously, and his request follows:

"We are slowly building a committee to run the junior club (me - head coach, Evelyn Armstrong - Otago delegate, Carol -Secretary, Karen Rowley from the senior club - Treasurer) I was wondering if we needed any other official positions? We are definitely not up to needing committee meetings to make decisions yet, maybe in the next year or two but do we need an appointed manager for Saturdays."

"Can you please advertise in the senior club for three coaching positions for the junior club for the following age groups - 8 & Under, 9-11, and 12-14  The season will be planned out by me and all information provided, they just need to be available on Tuesday nights from 6-7.30pm to take their groups around their set events, all training provided, athletics background or knowledge not needed, but would be useful. Possibly in an email? As I've left it a bit late I think to get into the newsletter. Season runs from October 1st to March 18th with a break from 17th of December to 29th of January for school holidays. Give my details to get in contact. Positions not paid."

Lyndons contact details:  LyndonM@lunds.co.nz or phone 027 453 0279. 

Thank you in anticipation, and see you all this Saturday at the clubrooms at 1:30pm, not at Logan Park.

Cheers, Colin

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS    11 September 2013

Congratulations everyone!

Every year I feel quite chuffed at being a member of Caversham Harriers when I see the enjoyment that people get from either competing in or supporting competitors in the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon. I even sense that most Club members get this feeling also. Tribute must also be passed on to those people who are no longer members, but keep coming back to help year after year.

I do also feel a bit humble when I think of the amount of work that has been put in by you who have worked all year to bring this about, and hope that you do get some satisfaction when it is over.

There is also a realisation that many of you have been seriously involved for many years and there must come a time when you feel like stepping aside. I would like to think that there are others standing in the wings to take over when this time comes.

On the competition side, surely we can take satisfaction in the fact that two of our former athletes took out both the marathon and the half marathon? Tony and Daniel have certainly continued the form they were showing when they left the club to further their careers. Driving alongside Tony for the first half of the marathon, I had to suggest to him that there was too much talking going on. It seemed just like a Sunday morning training run.

Jonah Smith on the other hand gave it everything in his run to second place in his first half marathon. Absolutely brilliant, Jonah! Congratulations also to Roger Leslie for his win in the recreational walk, and to Tom Cockerill, first club member in the full marathon (walk).

We now look ahead to the Athletics NZ Road Relay Championships being held on the popular Takahe to Akaroa course again on 5th October. Peter Blackwood has undertaken to organise the trip this year and has booked a bus, vans and accommodation for the weekend.

The bus will travel to Christchurch on Friday and return on Sunday.  Accommodation has been booked at Meadowpark on Papanui Road with prices ranging from $29.00 per night to $65.00 per night.  The Club will be subsidising the weekend by paying for the bus and vans which will be used to convey team members along the route.  Peter has already got names to make up three teams but as is not unusual there will be withdrawals for various reasons.  If you are keen to run please let Peter know as soon as possible.
This trip is not only for the runners, but supporters are encouraged as well.

The bus will also follow the event so that supporters will be involved.

So, if you would like to have a weekend away in Christchurch, please contact Peter as soon as possible.
Peter's contact details are:
Email: sunsth@es.co.nz
Phone: 488-2322  or 0272 742 366

This weekend there will be a normal club run and walk from the clubrooms at 1:30pm. Please also note that with the cancellation of the Port Chalmers to Dunedin race on the following Saturday, 21st, there will be a run and walk instead, probably from the clubrooms but this will be confirmed this Saturday.

Cheers,

Colin

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS    3 September 2013

Although no doubt repeating what John Stinson will write, congratulations to Julie Edmunds on winning her first Athletics NZ Walking title in the 35+ 10,000 metre race on Saturday. Caversham was represented in the Road Race Championships by Ben Anderson, Lorenz Kissling, Jonah Smith, Sam Hopper, Joseph Matthews, and Andrew Smith. Although no further medals were won, I'm sure they all ran well and the experience in competing in this company will prove beneficial. I think we can still claim Daniel Balchin who finished third in the senior race, and I noticed John Schreuder and Tony Payne's names in the results also.

In a totally different event, The Great Naseby Water Race over 160km, Glenn Sutton came home third. I can't find at this stage how Amy Manning and Bruce Adams faired in the race.

Well, the countdown has started and suddenly the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon is here! A massive effort by a small number of Club-members over the year is about to achieve fruition. By a small number I mean in regard to the size of the event. The rest of us now have our parts to play in the final week leading up to and including Sunday.

Thursday night is "David Jackson's Night at the Stadium" (replacing Tony Brown's Party) and I am sure the race-pack packing will go off with the usual precision. Friday and Saturday will also see a smooth handing out of those race-packs.

There is really not much else I can say at this stage, but thank you all.

Also approaching at an alarming rate are the NZ Road Relay Championships at Akaroa on 5th October. Peter Blackwood has quite a few names for the three teams proposed but there are generally some withdrawals so please let Peter know soon. I have dragged my running shoes out just in case but hopefully they won't be needed. Final costings are being worked out now and should be available soon.

Finally, an update on some members ill-health and accidents; Donna Tumaru has been back with us a couple of times, Maurice Burrows is recovering from serious blood clots in his lungs, Jim Kerse is still on crutches after breaking a Femur, Craig Wilson with a broken Tibia, and Lyndon Marfell is recovering from his back surgery, while Ian McDonald is back with a vengeance. We hope to see everyone back soon.

Cheers for now,

Colin

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PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 26 August 2013
Wouldn't the Church at Fairfield make great clubrooms? I can imagine it with some changing rooms added and sitting on a property with access to a running field. It was a very pleasant afternoon and good to be out in the countryside.

Some members may be wondering about the Training Grants that were awarded, so a short background is probably a good idea. The running of the Marathon has put the club in a reasonably sound financial position. Some ways of repaying the work that is put in by members are reduced annual subscriptions, subsidising of bus trips, and the establishment of a Training and Travel Grants scheme.

The aim of these Grants is: "To raise the competitive standards of Caversham athletes, by helping those we already have to maintain competitiveness, and to attract new athletes so that we can become a more competitive club."

A certain amount of money is put aside over a period of two years for this purpose and each June a Grants Committee sits and considers if certain standards have been met. In normal circumstances Training Grants would be allocated to the leading male and female senior and junior athletes. The standards considered are fastest times in various club races, plus various Otago events, winter and summer. A Grant is also considered for a member, new to the club whose recent performances prior to that athlete joining the club are, in the opinion of the Committee, justified. The Grants Committee recommendations are passed to the Club Committee for approval.

This year awards have been made to Peter Meffan, Ben Anderson, Julie Edmunds, Lorenz Kissling, Jonah Smith, Sam Hopper, and Joseph Matthews.

Travel Grants are also considered during the year and those members who have been chosen to represent Otago may make application to the Committee for assistance with travel costs. These events are normally Athletics NZ Championship events but other circumstances are also looked at individually.

An application form has recently been added to the Club's website. Click here to view it.

Thank you to all who responded to my plea for marshals for this Saturday's NZ Road Race Championships, and I hope that you enjoy the experience. Good luck to those club-members who are competing.

A very busy time lies ahead with the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon fast approaching.

Cheers,

Colin

  

 
THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   26 August 2013
A Club Run and Walk was held from the Fairfield Community Hall last Saturday in warm sunny weather. The faster running group led by Ben Anderson along with Peter Meffan,Sam Hopper, Lorenz Kisslng and Jonah Smith relished some good hill climbing and wonderful views on their run along Flower Street and up Chain Hill Road. The faster walkers led by Kieran Columb took a similar route lasting about one and a half hours and enjoyed by all group members.

Mary Vincent took the slower walkers around a number of streets surrounding Fairfield and Sunnyvale pointing out a number of interesting landmarks along the way. Thanks to Mary for providing such an enjoyable afternoon for everyone in the group.

Thanks also to Peter and Lorraine Blackwood for their organisation and hospitality afterwards on Saturday.  This Saturday a Club Run and Walk will be held from the Clubrooms while Club Members will also be competing in the New Zealand Road Championships held this year in Dunedin.

  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 20 August 2013

Thank you Kieran for managing the bus trip to Alexandra which I am sure was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was good to see so many Caversham athletes competing with so many of them in prominent positions, and congratulations to Peter Meffan for retaining his Otago Road Race title. Daniel Balchin would have looked better in his Caversham singlet, but perhaps one day we may see that again.

Along with Peter, Jonah Smith (1st Junior), Andrew Smith (1st U16) and Roger Leslie (1st Walker), congratulations to all who took part. It was great to see Wendy Shanks doing a PB, Dave Renwick completing the 10km walk, and of significance was the fact that 13 of the 25 male walkers were from Caversham.

The meal at the Goldfield Tavern was excellent, John the bus driver was cordial, the Tinto bus was comfortable, and the Lawrence Undie(less) 200 metre sprint was entertaining.

And so on to the future. We meet this Saturday at "FUEL", which is the renamed old Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. This is situated behind the Bowling Club on the RH side of the Main Road travelling toward Mosgiel. There is an entrance beside the Bowling Club and Peter Blackwood will erect the Caversham flag so it shouldn't be hard to find. There will be a presentation of trophies from the Clyde to Alexandra races, and the annual Training Grants will be awarded, along with a couple of NZ Athletics Long Service Badges. The Brighton to Green Island trophies will also be there to be collected. There are some great runs and walks in the Fairfield area so your attendance is recommended.

On a serious note, we require two marshals to assist with the Otago Age Group Road Championships this Sunday morning, and several to help with the Cadbury Dunedin Marafun 10km, also on Sunday. Please let Malcolm or me know.

The following Saturday the New Zealand Road Race Championships will be held in Dunedin which is rather a big event. Caversham is required to supply a number of marshals for this also, so again please let Malcolm or Colin know. This is a good opportunity to see at close range New Zealand's top athletes in action.

Coming up very fast is the big one, the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon. Most of you will have your jobs but there are still a few people required. Please contact Ian McDonald.

 See you on Saturday,

Colin

  

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   20 August 2013

The Club travelled to Alexandra last Saturday for the annual Clyde to Alexandra Road Races. Conditions in Alexandra were ideal and the day proved highly successful for a number of Caversham competitors.

In the Open Men 10km Peter Meffan finished a fine second in a fast 30.54. Lorenz Kissling finished 8th in 33.30 with clubmate Jonah Smith only five seconds behind in 33.35. Jonah also took first place in the Mens 20 grade. In the Masters Women 50+ Claire Giles was third in 45.52. In the Junior 6km races Andrew Smith was first in the Boys U16 in 22.33 while brother Zinzan was third in the U18 in 23.39.

In the Open 10km Walk Roger Leslie was first in a great time of 52.30 with clubmate Tom Cockerill second in 1.02.50. Other high placings were recorded by Colin Dick sixth, Kieran Columb seventh and Jim Law eigth. Congratulations to Katherine van der Vliet who was first among the Open Woman competitors in a personal best time of 1.12.49. Two other walkers happy to record their best times on Saturday were Wendy Shanks 1.24.48 and Debra Hamilton 1.26.14.

Thanks to Bus Manager Kieran Columb for his excellent organisation on the day.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 13 August 2013

Hi everyone.

Well that's the Brighton to Green Island race over for another year. Thank you to Brian Watkins for his efficient organising again and the team of helpers. There is a lot more to a race like this than just lining people up and sending them on their way. You just had to see the additional signs and cones this year to realise the restrictions being put in place. Plus the advertising on the radio which some picked up as saying the road was closed.

Anyway it was enjoyable and congratulations to Will Meiklejohn on winning the Butterfield Trophy on his very first day with the Club. I hope this whets your whistle, Will, and we see a lot more of you over the season together with your father, Rex.

On the subject of newcomers it is pleasing to see quite a few new faces over the last few weeks, and a warm welcome to Will and Rex, Chris Dzikiewicz, Nick Heng, Ginny Young, Anna Perry, Elwin Rauvi, Emerson Pratt, Wray Grimaldi, Wendy Crawford, Laurel Hendl, Shona McDonald, Debra Hamilton amongst others whose names I haven't caught up with yet. I hope you enjoy your initial experience with the Club and continue to do so.

I know that Nick Heng was enticed to come along initially after attending Barbara and Geoff Anderson's seminar, and many others have been part of the Tuesday night runs and walks from the Caversham Physiotherapy.

This Saturday, many of us will be travelling to Alexandra on a Tinto bus to compete in the Clyde to Alex Road Race. Caversham traditionally has supported this event for many years with quite a few successes along the way. The race incorporates the Otago 10,000 metre Road Race Championship so is quite a lead up to the NZ Road Race Championships being held in Dunedin this year two weeks later.

On which subject brings up the request for a number of members to act as marshals for the Championships. Each club is required to provide a number of personal for this task, so if anyone can help, please let Malcolm Giles, Alison Newall, or me know.

Of course with the Championships being held in Dunedin there is the opportunity to compete without any travel costs, so again let Alison know if you want to compete.

The Saturday after the Clyde to Alexandra race we will be having a pack run and walk from Fairfield for a change and it would be good to see some of our "young guns" turning out even for a gentle run realising it is in between two strenuous weekends, the Otago and the NZ Champs.

In the meantime we have Alexandra to look forward to.

Cheers,
Colin

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   13 August 2013
The Club held the annual Brighton to Green Island Road Races on Saturday as guests of the life members. The races all starting from the Brighton Domain were held in ideal winter weather and some good handicapping made for exciting racing.
 
The senior race was won by new member Will Meiklejohn who started from a handicap of 39 minutes and recorded second fastest time of 40.57. Another new member, Chris Dzikiewicz, was second with a time of 56.42 and Stu McCormack third in 47.06. Fastest time of 40.19 was recorded by David White who finished in seventh place from a 43 min handicap. The junior race held over a distance of 4000 metres was won by Joe Matthews in 14.17 from Andrew Smith 14.33 and Zinzan Smith 15.48.
 
A strong field of 28 walkers lined up for their race which featured a great battle between Julie Edmunds starting off 24 minutes and backmarker Roger Leslie off 25. Julie was first across the line in a time of 55.56 with Roger second in 55.10. Wray Grimaldi was third in 1.20.25 and Dianne Bartlett fourth in 1.14.30. Third fastest time went to Colin Dick with 1.10.01 followed by Katherine Van Der Vliet with 1.12.13.
  
Thanks to Race Convenor Brian Watkins and his team for their traffic management on Saturday and to the Life Members for their hospitality following the races.
 

Click here for   Finishing Order   or here for   Fastest Times

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 6 August 2013
Hi everyone. We are now heading into a fairly busy time of the season, with quite a few events coming up.

First though, congratulations to our three club-members who competed at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships last Saturday, Peter Meffan, Ben Anderson, and Jonah Smith. Although the Otago Team couldn't repeat its victory of 2011, they finished fourth with Peter and Ben being first and third team members of the six. Jonah ran well in the U20 event and the times indicate that the race was a pretty closely run race.

Coming up this Saturday is our Brighton to Green Island race and for the benefit of those (mainly older club-members) who frequent the back room of the club-rooms, and don't hear too well, the timetable is: 12:30pm meet at the clubrooms ready to drive out to Green Island opposite the entrance to the DCC Landfill. This is where the race will finish. From there we shall pool cars to drive to Brighton. It is hoped that by sharing a ride it won't be necessary to go back out to Brighton to pick up cars. Meeting at the Brighton Domain at 1:00pm to hand out numbers etc, should mean that the Junior U16 race can start at 1:10. The first walkers will start at 1:30, the first runners at 2:00pm. After the finish we will head back to the clubrooms for afternoon tea provided by the Life-members, and the presentation of trophies etc.

The following Saturday is of course the Clyde to Alexandra race for which we travel by bus. There are still a few seats vacant on the bus, so please get in touch with Kieran urgently. This annual trip is very enjoyable and quite a sociable day out. Remember, the bus and entry fees are paid for by the Club, so the only cost is $30 for a very nice meal at the Goldfields Tavern, Roxburgh, on the way back.

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon is approaching fast, and if you haven't volunteered for a job yet, please contact Ian McDonald urgently at: ianavis@clear.net.nz

See you all on Saturday,

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   5 August 2013
An excellent turnout of club members were on hand for a club run and walk held in cold, windy conditions from the clubrooms, Middleton Road, last Saturday.
The fast pack comprising junior runners Zinzan and Andrew Smith, Joe Matthews, Patrick Williams and Fergus O'Leary enjoyed their run through the St.Clair subdivision and adjoining paddocks for some good cross-country training. The medium pack led by Peter Hughes headed down Green Island Bush Road to Abbotsford and Waldronville, returning up Stevensons Road. Andrew McCaig ran particularly well while new members Emerson Pratt and Ginny Young both enjoyed their first club outing. The slow pack led by Grant Dowland transported themselves to the town belt area and enjoyed their run along Queens Drive to Prospect Park. Gail Sharp, Alison Newall and Tracy Dowling went well in this group.

Kieran Columb led the faster walkers down Green Island Bush Road and across the overhead bridge before heading back to Concord. Kieran Columb, Barry Sleeman, Jim Law, David Jackson and Gunver Fridel were the first group back to the clubrooms. Ian Dick led the slower walkers through the St.Clair subdivision and Tunnel Beach Road. Mike Smith continues to improve each week in this group.
This Saturday the Club will hold their Annual Brighton to Green Island Road Races as guests of the life members.  

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 30 JULY 2013 
Hi fellow Club-members. Not a great amount of news this week, but a few reminders about things coming up.

This Saturday we will all be at the clubrooms for a change, so we'll take the opportunity to present the trophies for the Club Cross Country Races held a few weeks ago. Ben Anderson, Peter Meffan, and Jonah Smith will be in Hamilton representing Otago at the NZ Cross Country Championships, so we wish them well.

The following Saturday sees the running of one of the Club's highlights of the year, the Brighton to Green Island race. This is an event that has been running since around 1932 and has always been a very popular race. Unfortunately over the last few years the number of runners has declined but we are fortunate to have such a large contingent of walkers to make up the numbers. Even if you feel that you aren't competitive, it is an enjoyable run or walk so I would encourage everyone to have a go. If you haven't already put your name down on the entry list, please do so this Saturday so that handicaps can be established.

If on the other hand, you don't want to compete, Brian Watkins would welcome assistance in running the event, marshals, helping at the start and finish etc. Brian has put a lot of work into this as race convener so all help would be appreciated.

Also required are names for the Clyde to Alexandra Race, on Saturday 17th August. This is also an annual highlight, and all the work put in running the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon pays for entry fees and the cost of the bus. There are still a few seats left on the bus, which is a Tinto bus and very comfortable so please ensure you have your name recorded. The Race is over 10 kilometres with shorter races for the younger age groups. A meal will be available at the Goldfield Tavern in Roxburgh on the way back and this is the only cost to you.

Not to forget the runs and walks from Caversham Physiotherapy on Tuesday nights at 5:30pm, and the Monday and Wednesday night runs from the John McGlashan Ground at 5:30pm. Nor should we forget the NZ Road Relay from Christchurch to Akaroa in October.Peter Blackwood has this under control so see him.

See you all on Saturday

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   30 JULY 2013
Last Saturday club members travelled to Outram for a Club outing held in beautifully fine weather from the Outram Community Hall. There was an excellent turnout of runners and walkers taking the opportunity to enjoy the change of scenery and the lovely afternoon.
The running groups headed for the track alongside the Silverstream River which they all seemed to enjoy. Among the faster runners Ben Anderson, Jonah Smith, Andrew Smith, Sam Hopper and Zinzan Smith were going well together throughout. The slower group also enjoyed their run especially Malcolm Giles and Peter Blackwood both familiar with the area from past years.

Kieran Columb led the Walking Group on a fast journey around the back roads of Outram, an ideal circuit leading up to the Brighton Green Island and Clyde to Alexandra Road Races.

Thanks to Peter Blackwood for organising everything for the Club at Outram. This Saturday a Club Run and Walk will be held from the Clubrooms starting at 1.30pm. Good luck to Peter Meffan, Ben Anderson and Jonah Smith, members of the Otago team competing in the National Cross-Country Championships at Hamilton on Saturday.     
 
PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 22 JULY 2013 

Hi everyone. I haven't read John Stinson's report on the Peninsula Relay yet but no doubt he will cover the "Caversham Black" team's success in gaining fastest time. The report in the ODT highlighted the subject of the age and previous successes of the first placed Leith team. They certainly ran well and deserved their success. I wonder then, if a team containing so many young runners as the Caversham team did, had won "Fastest Time" before. For some of the team, this would have been their first experience of this event. Congratulations to Kenneth McDonald, Sam Hopper, Lorenz Kissling, David White, Ben Anderson, and the Smith brothers, Jonah, Andrew, and Zinzan on a good "Teams Race".

Ben, Jonah, and Peter have all been selected to represent Otago at the NZ Cross Country Championships in Hamilton in a couple of weeks time.

This coming Saturday we will be running and walking from the Community Hall in the main street of Outram. It will be interesting to have a change of scenery, and you will be notified by Malcolm and Kieran in their weekly emails.  The following Saturday, we will be back at the clubrooms, and it is planned to present the trophies won at the Club Cross Country a few weeks ago.

Looking a bit further ahead, please record your names for the Brighton to Green Island races being held on the 10th August and the Clyde to Alexandra bus trip the following Saturday 17th August. Handicaps have to be worked out for the Brighton race. We need to know numbers for the Alex trip for seating on the bus, entries, and meals at the Commercial Tavern, Roxburgh.

If anyone is not competing in the Brighton race please let Brian Watkins know as he needs a few marshals.  Thank you to those who have marshalled at the recent events, your help is appreciated.

Cheers,

Colin 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   22 JULY 2013
The Club were represented by two teams at the annual Peninsula Relay held in fine cool weather last Saturday. The Number 1 team of Ken McDonald, Sam Hopper, Lorenz Kissling, Jonah Smith, David White, Ben Anderson, Andrew Smith and Zinzan Smith ran well collectively to record the fastest team time of 2hr 19min 25sec. Lorenz Kissling and Jonah Smith recorded fastest individual times on Laps 3 and 4 while Ken McDonald Lap1, Ben Anderson Lap 6, and Andrew Smith Lap 7 all recorded second fastest individual times. The Number 2 team, while finishing at the tail of the field, still had some good individual runs, Andrew McCaig running particularly well on the downhill leg to Portobello.

A good turnout of walkers enjoyed their outing from the Clubrooms last Saturday. This Saturday a Club Run and Walk will be held from Outram meeting outside the Church in the main street at 1.30pm.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 15 JULY 2013 

Well, I was correct in my predictions last week with individual and team wins at the Otago Cross Country. Well done Peter Meffan and Ben Anderson. However, the team win wasn't quite the one that I expected, so congratulations to the U20 team of Lorenz Kissling, Jonah Smith, Sam Hopper and David White, and not to forget Andrew Smith and Sam Tindley, placed second and third in the U16 race.

The Walk was again a Caversham benefit with Roger Leslie, Gail Sharp and Nancy Smith filling the first three places, (the only places).

Like a lot of people, I am not sure where running is headed at the moment but hopefully it is only a bad patch we are going through. I was speaking with Walter Hume from Timaru at the weekend and he was just as concerned. He organises the Pleasant Point Relay and last year the event was nearly called off, with doubts again this year about the viability of running the race. It is heartening, however, to see a group of younger athletes coming along. If anyone has any ideas please let us know.

Speaking of relays, we have the Peninsula Relay this Saturday, and hopefully after Malcolm's email last week we will have a team or two entered. There will also be a run/walk from the clubrooms for those not involved with the relay.

The following Saturday, a normal club run/walk has been planned at Outram to give a change of scenery. This will be from the Community Hall in the main street of Outram.

Looking further ahead, the Brighton to Green Island races are on Saturay 10th August, followed a week later by the Clyde to Alexandra trip. Be sure to get your names in the entry book. Remember the bus trip is paid for by the club and your only costs are meals and refreshments.

It is with sadness that I advise that Laurie Hill lost his wife, Susan, after a short illness, last Friday. Our thoughts are with Laurie and their family.

Regards to all,

Colin

 

  

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   15 JULY 2013

Last Saturday Caversham members competed in the Otago Cross Country Championships held at Waikouaiti Racecourse in perfect winter weather and excellent underfoot conditions. Congratulations to Peter Meffan on successfully defending his senior 12km Otago Cross Country title in 39 min 57sec with clubmate Ben Anderson a good third in 41 minutes 14 seconds. Peter also secured the Les Bradshaw Trophy awarded for the best aggregate points over the Edmond Cup and Otago Cross Country events. In the Men U 20 8km Caversham runners combined well to take out the teams' race with a total of 10 points. Lorenz Kissling second in 28 min 39 sec, Jonah Smith third in 29min 13sec and Sam Hopper fifth made up the contributing team members. In the Men U16 6km Andrew Smith was second in 23min 58sec and Sam Tindley third in 25min 54sec.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 8 July 2013

It was a great day with Hill City-University Club last Saturday. It's always good to run and walk in a different location and mix socially with other clubs. Any rivalry between clubs is kept to races and it is common to see athletes from different clubs out training with each other. This friendliness is what I have enjoyed over the years, but it probably occurs to a lesser degree in other sports also.

However, the rivalry returns this Saturday, and I am going to stick my neck out and predict another individual and team win in the Otago Cross Country at Waikouaiti. I haven't been able to find the results of the 1913 Otago Cross Country, but I did read that the New Zealand Cross Country in that year was won by Otago, with J Beatson, D R Jack, and A McKnight filling the first three places. As these were all Caversham men it is quite probable that Caversham had won the Otago event.

Incidentally, a 1913 newspaper report stated that the sport of "Harrierism" was on the increase in Dunedin with 355 members registered.

Back to 2013, and the Tuesday night runs/walks from Caversham Physiotherapy are proving to be popular, to the stage that Geoff Anderson has asked for some Club-members to help. This may well be where we can attract new members to the club, so if anyone can help please turn up at around 5:30pm

I have also been asked to ask if anyone knows where a large quantity of our 20 litre water containers are. They may have been used for some event and not returned. These are needed for the Marathon so if you know their whereabouts, please let Gerry Quaid or myself know.

Very brief this week, so keep up with the running and walking but above all, enjoy it.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 25 JUNE 2013

Prescient???? Barry does come up with some obscure words, but I guess what he means is that I was able to predict the result of the Edmond Cup.

As usual, John has written about the results and Barry has added to this,  I would like to suggest that there are not many sporting clubs in New Zealand that have been able to win an event 100 years apart.  Although I wasn't able to be there to see the race, I found out about it from a club member while out for walk at 8am on Sunday, and she told me that Caversham singlets were very much to the fore at Wingatui.

My congratulations to Ben on his victory and also to Peter on a repeat of his second placing from 2012. It sounds as if it was almost a repeat of last year's finish and almost as close. To those other team members who were racing the Edmond Cup for the first time, Jonah, Sam, Kenneth and Zinzan, well done and it's not a bad event in which to be part of the winning team.

I believe that co-Patron, Ron Cain was out there encouraging runners to get up there and run together. This worked and I see that Sam and Kenneth were also separated by seconds and the look on Ron's face tells it all.

Congratulations to all who took part in the other races in somewhat muddy conditions.

And so now on to the Otago Cross Country in a fortnight………..

In the meantime, this coming Saturday we will be hosted by the Hill City/University Club from their clubrooms at Logan Park. This is a good opportunity to run/walk with them in different surroundings, so I would encourage all to be there.

Remember also the weekly run and walk from the Caversham Physiotherapy Clinic at Caversham on Tuesday nights at 5:40pm, thanks to Barbara and Geoff Anderson.

Well, that's all from me this week.

Cheers,

Colin


THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   2 July 2013

It was an excellent day for club members at the Edmond Cup Steeplechase Races held at Wingatui Racecourse last Saturday. Congratulations to Ben Anderson who took out the Senior Men's title after a stirring battle with clubmate Peter Meffan over the last circuit. Ben won in 30min 27 sec with Peter only 3 seconds back in 30min 30sec.  Jonah Smith also fared particularly well in his first attempt in the senior race finishing fifth in 38 minutes. Caversham took out the Teams Race with Ben Anderson, Peter Meffan, Jonah Smith, Sam Hopper, Kenneth McDonald and Zinzan Smith being the contributing members.

Caversham Club Coach Dave Stinson secured a pleasing result in the Boys U 16 race training the first three placegetters - Oliver Chignell, Matthew Ogle and Andrew Smith. In the three person team relay the Caversham team of Peter Hughes, Ben Rowley and Stu McCormack finished in third place.

Caversham members dominated the 5000m Open Walk with Roger Leslie winning in 31min 19sec, Donna Tumaru second in 38min 38sec and Katherine van der Vliet third in 38min 42sec. Kieran Columb led the rest of the non competitive walkers on a long outing through the Mosgiel subdivisions which everyone enjoyed.
  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 25 JUNE 2013

I have just been reading an article in the Otago Daily Times of 9 June 1913 headed: "EDMOND CUP RACE", "EASY WIN FOR CAVERSHAM HARRIERS"--- "FILL FIRST FIVE PLACES".

This was the fifth race for the Edmond Cup Challenge Cup which was held in beautiful weather at Tahuna. The course started on Tahuna Park and then proceeded around the Tahuna brickworks and via the Musselburgh School. Sixty-one competitors, representing seven clubs, started. These clubs were, Civil Service, Pacific, Anglican, St.Kilda, Caversham, YMCA, and Dunedin. The upshot of the race was that D Jack, "running in splendid form, won without difficulty by 100 yards" with C Frye second, followed by G Crimp, F Frye, and A Love, with R Aitken in eighth place. These were all Caversham runners and obviously they won the teams race, without the help of J Beatson who had won the race the previous year. "The Caversham Harriers have now won the cup four times out of the five contests," continued the article.

100 years on and here we are with the Edmond Cup being run this Saturday, only now on the Wingatui Race course.

No pressure guys, but I think that you can do it again.

Good luck to all those competing at Wingatui in the various age groups and the walking race. I just hope the course dries out a bit so that the Otago Racing Club doesn't decide that the track may get damaged.

Keep an eye out for the emails from Malcolm Giles and someone from the walking group for advice on the race. Remember there will be a pack run/walk at Wingatui, for those not competing.

Looking further ahead, the following Saturday we are guests of Hill City-University Club at their clubrooms, Logan Park. Again, this is a combined run/walk to be looked forward to over a different locality.

Well that's all from me this week.

GO CAVVY!

Cheeers,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   17 JUNE 2013 

There was an excellent turnout of runners and walkers at the Clubrooms last Saturday with everyone happy to be heading out in spite of the prevailing weather.  All pack runs and walks were held through St.Clair, South Dunedin and Caversham seeking out the most sheltered areas.
  
Among the Runners Peter Meffan enjoyed his first club run for some weeks while the younger group of Sam Hopper and Jonah, Zinzan and Andrew Smith all looked to be travelling well.  Evelyn Armstrong and Gail Sharp did well among the women runners.

The walking group all enjoyed their varied outing and it was especially pleasing to see Ian McDonald out with us again after a long absence. Thanks to Colin and Marlene Dick for their hospitality provided for the Club on Saturday. This Saturday the Club will be competing in the Edmond Cup Steeplechase Events at Wingatui Racecourse with the walkers also meeting at Wingatui.

  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 12 JUNE 2013

I have just been looking at the website and under the heading "Presidential Pratterings", I read; "Coming shortly…"!!!  No pressure eh, Barry?

However, reading John Stinson's report on the Club Cross Country races, there appears to be very little for me to add. The course is excellent with just the right amount of the old type cross country conditions, mud, water etc, but also easy enough for those of us not quite so competitive. Well done Murray, and I am sure that if we are allowed to, this course will do for many years. For Brian, organising the event for the first time was not the easiest but again you came up trumps. Thank you to everyone involved including Stu, who, I believe supplied the signs, without which some of us may have disappeared into the sand dunes. The one pity is that we could have done with more competitors.

This Saturday we have a normal club run/walk from the clubrooms at 1:30 which will give us a chance to catch up on some communications. The very next day sees the running of the Balclutha Half Marathon and 10km races, so good luck to those competing.

With the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon only three months away, many of you will be well underway with your training. To this end, Barbara and Geoff Anderson would like me to promote their Tuesday night training runs/walks which will be recommencing on Tuesday 25th June. These will be leaving the Caversham Physiotherapy Clinic at 5:45pm, but please be there at 5:30 to get signed in and sorted. Everyone is invited and Peter Hughes will be helping Geoff with the runners, while Mary Vincent will be looking after the walkers. Hopefully all the previous crew will be rejoining to help as well.

The Edmond Cup Cross Country races are on Saturday week, so please get your names in the entry book or contact Alison Newall urgently. There is also a walking race for those who bothered to take up the partial registration offered by Athletics Otago. This offer was brought about after much grizzling from walkers and it is quite disappointing that so few have taken up the chance to get out onto the different race courses.

The Otago Cross Country and Otago Peninsula Relays follow in the weeks following so there is quite a lot happening. It is also time to be thinking about the National Road Relays in October which Peter Blackwood has undertaken to organize.

Well, that's all from me this week so will see you all on Saturday.

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   17 JUNE 2013

The Club held their cross country races on a new course at Waldronville adjacent to the Beachlands Speedway last Saturday. The course received positive feedback as a good crosscountry venue even though the underfoot conditions proved difficult for some to handle comfortably.  Thanks to Course Organiser Murray Reynolds and to Race Convenor Brian Watkins and assistants for all their help on Saturday.

The trio of Ben Anderson, Lorenz Kissling and Sam Hopper enjoyed pushing each other along and providing welcome encouragement to the rest of the field.  Ben Anderson won the Open Mens section, while second placegetter Kenneth McDonald took out the Sealed Handicap.  Lorenz Kissling won the U20M and also took out the Sealed Handicap with Sam Hopper second.  Seventeen Walkers completed the course with winner Roger Leslie recording an impressive time of 23.17.

Results were:
Open Men - Ben Anderson 25.10 first; Kenneth McDonald 29.31 second; Murray Reynolds 41.27 third.
Open Women - Evelyn Armstrong 29.14 first; Karen Rowley 32.56  secpmd;
U20 Men - Lorenz Kissling 21.16 first; Sam Hopper 22.19 second;
Men 50 - John Landreth 17.11 first; Phil Coakes 21.39 second
Women 50 - Gail Sharp 19.07 first;  Claire Giles 21.52 second;
Boys U16 - Andrew Smith 15.38 first; Ben Rowley 17.14 second; Jayden Toomey 18.19 third;
Walkers - Roger Leslie 23.17 first; Tom Cockerill 26.55 second; Colin Dick 27.29 third;  Donna Tumaru 28.35 fourth.
  
Congratulations to Julie Edmunds who won the New Zealand Race Walking 15K Championship held in Taranaki on June 8th.
  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 12 June 2013

I have just returned from the pre-Marathon Seminar conducted by Barbara and Geoff Anderson, (Caversham Physiotherapy), and was impressed with the numbers of young athletes who turned up to listen to some very good advice from the four speakers. Every year there is something different to learn. Hopefully most of those who were there will be competing in the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon or Half-Marathon

Here we are, already a third of the way through the winter and starting the cross country season. The Barnes is a good indicator of what to expect, and a young Caversham team showed early promise. It was a good exhibition of team running with Lorenz, Sam, and Jonah in a tight group, and Kenneth not far away. In fact, only 22 seconds covered Ben and these four at the finish. Although handicapping put the Caversham team in third place, it is more important to note that Ben, Lorenz, Jonah and Sam were 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th fastest respectively. Congratulations to all who took part on Sunday. It is a bit disappointing that more of our walkers don't take the opportunity to take part in the races being provided by Athletics Otago. Imagine walking around Wingatui and Waikouaiti race courses. Not everyone has the opportunity to emulate race horses.

At long last the club will have its own cross country races this Saturday, and not just be included in the Otago Championship events. Many thanks to Murray Reynolds for finding this circuit, and hopefully club-members will support it. Brian Watkins has put a lot of work into organising the event which will possibly be the first of many.

Congratulations to Julie Edmunds on her first place in the Race Walking New Zealand Championships on Saturday, She covered the 15 kilometre course in a time of 1hr 28m 16 seconds, which placed her second overall in the combined men/women race, and 5 minutes ahead of the second-placed woman. Julie also won the handicap section of the event.

Now that it has been confirmed that Caversham will be independently sending teams to the NZ Road Relays it is time for some commitment from those who want to be involved. Please speak to Peter Blackwood.

That's all from me this week,

Colin


THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   11 JUNE 2013

Last Sunday Caversham members competed in the annual Barnes Cross Country races at Kettle Park. In the main race Ben Anderson was the standout club competitor recording the fastest individual time of 17.07 while Lorenz Kissling recorded the third fastest time of 18.02. Caversham took third place in the team competition. In the Men U-18 race Joe Matthews continued his fine winter season form recording the fastest time of 9.38.  Ben Rowley had his best run of the season finishing second in the Men U-16 race. In the Open Walk Gail Sharp was first home in 24.56 followed by Colin Dick 27.27 and Katherine Van Der Vliet 29.06.

On Saturday a club run and walk was held from the Clunrooms. The medium and slow running packs were taken by first time leaders Evelyn Armstrong and Amie Manning who handled their respective groups well during a tour of the Green Island area.  Donna Tumaru did well as a first time runner with the slower group.  The fast and medium walkers headed down to the St.Clair area with a group photo taken at the Esplanade (click here to view the photos). This Saturday the Club Cross Country Races will be held on a new course at Waldronville. 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 5 June 2013

Hi fellow Club members and I trust you all had an enjoyable long weekend. 

I was away for the three days and didn't even get to hear about the Queen's Service Medal bestowed on our co-Patron, Ron Cain. Congratulations, Ron. This adds to quite a list of honours you have accumulated over the last few years.  We now have two Life Members with the QSM, the other being Garry Dumble who is probably not known to a lot of members.

Being away, meant that I also missed out on the Pineapple Track, one of my favourite treks of the season. It was good that the weather cleared up for the Saturday, as it has done for most of the Saturdays this winter.

I did notice a very brief appearance on the TV News on Sunday night of Daniel Balchin running at the Christchurch Marathon but it wasn't until tonight that I read that he had won the 10km race associated with the Marathon. He is still one of ours, as is Tony Payne who recently won the NZ Marathon Championship when he was placed third overall in the Auckland Marathon.

This coming Saturday we will be at the Club-rooms for a change for a normal pack run/walk. The next morning sees the annual Barnes Cross-Country races being held and I hope to see a good turnout from Caversham.

Well, that's all from me this week.

Cheers,

Colin

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  4 June 2013

Last Saturday Caversham held their annual Flagstaff run and walk in ideal conditions from the Wakari Union Church, Centennial Avenue in association with the Taieri Harrier Club.

Ben Anderson, Jonah Smith, Lorenz Kissling and Sam Hopper formed a good quartet of young runners who enjoyed their run up the Pineapple Track to Flagstaff. In the second Flagstaff running group junior members Ben Rowley and Zinzan and Andrew Smith all handled their initial run on this circuit well, while Kerry Rowley, Evelyn Armstrong and Peter Hughes were prominent in the senior group.

A strong group of walkers led by Dave McWhinnie set off for Flagstaff. Donna Tumaru and Nancy Smith were the first to arrive back with Tom Cockerill, David Jackson and Phil Bray the next to arrive. Rachael Burrows did extremely well on her first attempt over this demanding circuit.   Ian Dick led an alternative walking group around the Ross Creek Reservoir area involving plenty of hill work and some great scenic viewing.  Mike Smith enjoyed his best walk so far this year.
Thanks to the Taieri Club Members for their contribution to such an enjoyable day. This Saturday a club run and walk will be held from the Clubrooms with the Barnes Crosscountry Races on Sunday at Kettle Park. Congratulations to Caversham Patron Ron Cain on receiving the QSM in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

  

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 29 May 2013

Another good day last Saturday as it always is when we have Civil Service along to our runs/walks.

Thank you all for keeping up the tradition of great afternoon teas.

A bit of a shock this week with the sudden cold snap and I hope that it warms up before this Saturday. On the website you will find the timetable for the different packs going over the Pineapple track (click here if you want to check).  There is quite a range of departure times to take into account the capabilities of all. This information will also be sent to you by Malcolm and Kieran in their weekly emails, and also of course in Thursday's ODT.

I trust you are all settling into winter running and walking and enjoying it. The club-member I saw running in the snow on Tuesday morning was enjoying it, or so he said.

We haven't been at the club-rooms much over the last few weeks so communication has been a bit difficult.

However we will be at the club the Saturday after next so we will try to get you up to date with coming events. The Barnes Cross Country of course is the very next day, Sunday 9th June. If you haven't already done so please get your entries in to Alison Newall.

Keep in mind the pre-Marathon Seminar 12th June at the Sargood Centre, Logan Park Drive. Click  here to view the flyer for more details. This is a great opportunity to learn a bit more about training, nutrition, and injuries, and also a chance to have a look at this refurbished facility.

Murray Reynolds has come up with what looks to be an excellent venue for our Club Cross-country races on 15th June. So, please support it.

In the meantime, unfortunately I won't be here this Saturday to enjoy my favourite pack run/walk, but I will be with you in spirit.

Enjoy.

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 23 May 2013

Well, again John has said it all so not much for me to add.

However, I will add my congratulations to the Senior Team plus all others who ran last Saturday in not very good conditions. It's not all that very long ago that Ben was the junior member of the team, but on Saturday he was very much the senior member of a very young group. Well done all.

Pleasing to hear that the Monday night runs have been well supported with numbers approaching those of about four years ago. It surely is an indication that there is a spirit of unity returning to the club, and that's something that is lacking in other clubs if you listen to the talk. To those new members, please remember that all committee members are happy to listen to any comments and suggestions. The aim is to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for all.

As the club is in a rebuilding mode due to the departure of a number of our key athletes over the last year, I would ask for anyone that can spend a couple of hours to turn up at the Forsyth Barr Stadium this Friday at 12 noon. There is an interschool competition to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of Kids in Athletics and Lyndon Marfell has asked for help. Caversham is the only club involved in this with Sport Otago and it is a great opportunity to promote Caversham to those kids. Thank you.

On Saturday, as John points out, we are hosting Civil Service at the clubrooms so a plate of goodies is requested to keep up Caversham's reputation of being great hosts.

The following Saturday, Queen's Birthday weekend, is the day we venture over the Pineapple Track.

In the run up to the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon (formerly The Moro Marathon) Barbara and Geoff Anderson will be holding their seminar on 12th June at the Sargood Gallery, 40 Logan Park Drive with guest speakers to help guide you towards running the marathon. Fliers will be distributed soon.  Click here to view the flyer.

In the meantime, keep up with the running/walking.

Colin


THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  21 MAY 2013

The Club was represented by six teams at the Leith Club Ponydales Cross Country Relays held in wet conditions at the Otago Ponyclub Grounds last Saturday. The senior team of Jonah Smith, Joe Matthews, Sam Hopper and Ben Anderson turned in a great combined team effort to win this event for the fifth consecutive year from Hill City University.  Jonah Smith ran a brilliant first leg to set the team up while Joe Matthews did remarkably well for a 16 year old in his first season of competitive running.  With an average age of 18 this team would be the youngest winners of the race.  Ben Anderson running the final leg recorded fastest time of 9.29 while Jonah Smith was second fastest with 9.31.

The Caversham Boys U16 team of Andrew Smith, Jimmy Flannagan, Sam Tindley and Campbell Mann finished second in their grade to Hill City University.  Andrew Smith was fastest team member with 8.13 followed by Campbell Mann with 8.15.  The Open Women team included three St.Hildas school pupils Margie Anderson, Jessie Taylor and Claudia Dyer,  all first time Caversham runners along with second year member Evelyn Armstrong. The team finished 7th in their grade and thoroughly enjoyed the competition.  Evelyn fortunately was unharmed following a fall into the ditch on the far side of the course.
Caversham also fielded two teams in the Social Grade including a number of first year members.
This Saturday Caversham will host the Civil Service Club for a combined run/walk from the clubrooms.

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  14 may 2013

Last Saturday the Club held the Vice President's 5000 metres races in brilliantly fine weather at Forbury Park Raceway. The senior race was won by first year member Chris Mackle in a time of 26.56 with Jim Cartwright second and Regan Blackwood third. Ben Anderson recorded the fastest time of 16.01 followed by Jonah Smith 17.11 and Sam Hopper 17.28.
First in the women's section was another first year member Angela Carey with a time of 23.32 followed by Karen Rowley and Gail Sharp.
The junior race provided keen competition - Joe Matthews being first across the line closely followed by Andrew Smith 7.05, Campbell Mann 6.57 and Jayden Toomey 8.57.
A field of 18 walkers contested their 5000 metres event on Saturday. First was Rhonda Bazsika in 38.06 with Dianne Bartlett only 3 seconds behind in 38.09 and Anne Watkins third in 40.54.  Julie Edmunds recorded fastest time with an impressive 28.45 followed by Dave McWhinnie 35.58 and Donna Tumaru 36.38.

It was good to have Club Co-Patron Pat Sidon back with us on Saturday and to present the P.N.Sidon Trophy for the junior race, won this year by Joe Matthews.
This Saturday the Club will compete in the Leith Club Cross Country Relays at the Otago Pony Club Grounds.

 

 PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 14 May 2013 

John has reported on the Vice Presidents races at Forbury last Saturday, and advised of the Leith Harriers "Ponydale "Relays next Saturday, so there's not really much for me to pratter on about.

However, there is also the Walking Group next Saturday, but then again, Kieran will send out his weekly email advising where and when to meet. (I feel a bit redundant)

Thank you to Barbara Anderson who came to the aid of the party and volunteered to be Caversham's helper at the Peninsula Challenge last Sunday. Thank you also to those who turned out to assist at the Secondary School Relays at Kings High School today (Tuesday).

The next challenge is to get sufficient senior members to the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday 24th May, (next week) at 12 noon, to celebrate World Athletics Day for Kids. Please see the link on the home page of this very website for more information. Lyndon Marfell puts a lot of work into the Children's Section and deserves some help with this event.

At this time of the winter season, we haven't been at the clubrooms very often and communication goes a bit astray but we are doing our best with the website and emails.

The following Saturday (25th) we will be at the clubrooms and Civil Service will be our guests, so a plate please.

Cheers,

Colin

 

 PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 6 May 2013 

Hi everyone, John will have the results from the Lovelock Relays shortly, so I won't repeat them, but congratulations to all who took part. It was a disrupted team that competed in the Senior A Grade race, defending the title that has been Caversham's for the last three years, so it was a terrific effort to come so close. I'm not sure, but Joe Matthews must surely be one of the youngest members to be included in a Senior team and he acquitted himself proudly at such short notice.

It was a very welcome sight to see Ian McDonald out and about, enjoying the sun atLoganPark.   Ian, you may have lost a bit of weight but good to see you haven't lost your sense of humour.   Wait a wee bit longer before you make your comeback.

Next Saturday is Vice Presidents 5000 running and walking races at ForburyPark.  Meet at Clubrooms at 1:30pm, then drive or run down to Forbury. For those who prefer to go straight there be there by 1:50pm.  Junior race at 2:00pm, followed by walkers at 2:10pm, and first runners immediately after the last walkers.

We are still looking for volunteers for Peninsula Challenge on Sunday.

Tuesday 14th May Secondary School Road Relays,  KingsHigh School, marshals required.

See you all on Saturday.

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  7 May  2013

Last Saturday Caversham members competed in the annual Lovelock Relays organised by the Hill City/University Club held in beautiful weather at the University Oval. The A Grade team of Ben Anderson, Sam Hopper, Jonah Smith, Joe Matthews, Hayden Donnelly and Peter Meffan provided a solid team effort to finish second behind the Ariki team.  Ben Anderson was the standout team member recording the fastest time of 4.09 while Sam Hopper in his first club race and Jonah Smith also ran really wel,l as did our Junior runner Joe Matthews, called in as a late replacement.

Another Caversham success came in the Social Grade where the team of Kerry Rowley,  Geoff Anderson,  Zinzan Smith and Kenneth McDonald recorded a good win in the biggest field of the day. Caversham provided three teams in this grade, a good effort for early in the season. The High School team of David White, Andrew Smith, Jayden Toomey and Zinzan Smith competed well in their grade. Andrew Smith ran particularly well, while brother Zinzan willingly competed for the second time to complete the team.

Thanks to Hill City/University for their race organisation and post race hospitality at the Lovelock Relays. This Saturday Caversham will hold their annual Vice Presidents' Races at Forbury Park Raceway in combination with the Civil Service Harrier Club.

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 30 APRIL 2013 

Hi everyone, and I trust that you all enjoyed the run and walk at Portobello last Saturday. Some of us did get a bit carried away and misjudged the length of the route we went on but it was a good workout. Let's hope that the run of fine Saturdays continues.

This coming Saturday sees the running of the annual Lovelock Relays at the University Oval, Logan Park. This is the very ground where England somehow drew with New Zealand in a cricket test a couple of months ago. The event is conducted by Hill City-University in memory of Jack Lovelock, and Caversham has won the trophy for the last three years. To our number one team this year, Ben Anderson, Peter Meffan, Lorenz Kissling, Sam Harper, Jonah Smith, and hopefully Bevan Stevens, we wish you success and look forward to you bringing the trophy home again. The same best wishes go to those teams competing in the Masters Women, and Social Grades as well. Lyndon Marfell is hoping to get some teams from the Children's Section running in the Under 10 and 12 grades also.

The timetable for the event is:

Date:  Saturday, 4th of May 2013

Place:  University Oval, Main Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin.

Format:  SW, MM, MW, HS Boys and Girls, Social/Mixed Teams: 4 x 1500m; Senior Men's: 6 x 1500m; 12 and under: 4 x 375m (1 lap each)

Provisional Timetable: (to be confirmed in ODT Sports Draw, Thursday 2ndMay)

Race 1:  1:30 pm- Social/Mixed
Race 2:  2:00 pm- 12 & Under
Race 3:  2:15 pm- Masters Women (35+), High School Girls & High School Boys
Race 4:  2:45 pm- Senior Women, Masters Men
Race 5:  3:15 pm- Senior Men
3:45 pm  Mass Run
4:30 pm   Prize giving: At the Hill City University Clubrooms   

For those not competing there will be a club run and walk from the grounds, meeting at 1:30pm.

Coming events for the club include the Vice Presidents 5000 metre running and walking races at Forbury Park on Saturday 11th May. Please let Alison Newall and Kieran Columb know if you want to compete in this extremely popular event so that handicaps can be worked out. The next day, Sunday, is the Peninsula Challenge and I believe there will be a number of members taking part. We are required to provide one person to assist with time-keeping and hopefully a few others to help with the running of the event. Volunteers please contact me.

On Tuesday 14th May, the Caversham Harriers Secondary Schools Road Relays are being held at Kings High School. This is an event that was started nearly 25 years ago, and although it is conducted by the schools, marshals are required to assist and to stand on the street corners around the block. It only takes up a short time in the afternoon, so please can you help? Please contact Dave Stinson 455-3274, or Maria Sleeman 454-3915.

I spotted a fine body of runners pounding along Cumberland Street tonight, all Caversham members. It made me feel like leaping out of the car and joining them, only for a second though.

In the meantime, enjoy your running and walking.

Cheers

Colin

 

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  30 APRIL 2013

Last Saturday the Club travelled to Portobello for a club run and walk held in ideal weather from the Portobello Domain Hall. There was a good turnout for what proved a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
 
John Landreth took the main running group on a testing run to the top of Harbour Cone including the Zone Wire Rope Track.  Margie Anderson did really well on her first attempt at this circuit under the guidance of her father Geoff.  Dene McDonald also did well while Stu McCormack made a successful return following a troublesome injury. The pack stayed together well throughout the run.

Kieran Columb led the faster walking group on a similar route to the runners which kept them out for a good part of the afternoon. Nancy Smith and Kieran Columb were first back to the Domain while Dave McWhinnie, Phil Gillan and Craig Wilson all did well. The slower walkers enjoyed their outing along the roads surrounding the Portobello Inlet followed by a scenic bush walk under the guidance of Jim Kerse.

This Saturday the Club will compete in the annual Lovelock Relays at the University Oval.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 22 APRIL 2013 

Now that wasn't so bad was it? The track at Kaikorai College was in pretty good condition and not at all muddy. I hope everyone enjoyed it and especially those who have never been in a race before.

These club events take a bit of organising and it usually means that someone has to forego competing themselves. So, thank you Brian Watkins and the team, and Barry Sleeman with Mary Vincent who stepped up to look after the results in the absence of Msgr John Harrison.

Good to see the Smith brothers being joined on the track by their mother, Nancy, and father, Mike. It's nice to see a family sharing their interests.

There is quite a bit of action over the next few weeks, starting with the first of our "away" pack run/walks this Saturday. We should meet at the carpark of Countdown (ex Woolworths) on corner of Andersons Bay and Portobello Roads at 1:30pm. The run is from the Domain Hall at Portobello. This is not the first hall you pass on the way into Portobello but rather you turn right just after the Portobello Hotel and the Domain is on the Allens Beach Road.

The Lovelock Relay races follow on Saturday 4th May and if you want to be considered for a team please fill in the entry sheet which will be at Portobello, or contact Alison Newall.  This is not an Athletics Otago event, but is organised by the Hill City/University Club. You are not required to be registered for this event. However, this is a gentle reminder that to qualify for the $10 discount on your subscriptions you should pay before 30th April. In other words, see Karen next Saturday or you can pay by direct credit, see the website for bank account details.

I'm trying to keep this weekly report brief this year, so there we are.

See you all on Saturday.

Cheers,

Colin

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  23 APRIL 2013

The Club held the Ted Brown Memorial and associated 1500 metres races on a new grass track at Kaikorai College in cool overcast conditions last Saturday. The track provided a good surface and received favourable comment from competitors.

The Ted Brown Memorial was won in good style by John Landreth in a time of 5.12 showing the benefits of a consistent summer track season.  Peter Blackwood was second and Kenneth McDonald third.  Kenneth also recorded fastest time of 5.11.  Maria Sleeman was the fastest woman competitor with 6.08.  The McStay Cup for non club-race winners was won by Dene McDonald with Ben Anderson second and Jonah Smith third.  Ben Anderson recorded the fastest time of 4.16 and Jonah Smith second fastest of 4.37.   The Junior Race was won by Sam Tindley with Andrew Smith second and Jayden Toomey third.  Andrew Smith recorded fastest time of 2.25.

A field of 21 walkers lined up for the 1500 metres event.  Julie Edmunds was the dominant competitor lapping a number of the field and recording an excellent time of 8.37.  Colin Dick who later competed as a runner was second and Dave McWhinnie third.
 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 17 APRIL 2013

Hi Runners and Walkers and Social Members.

Well, the season is off and running, and we have had a couple of fine days to start, but unfortunately I can't guarantee the same for this Saturday. Hopefully most of you will have seen some information about the Ted Brown etc races, whether by email or by reading it on this website or in this morning's ODT.

With information coming from Kieran, Malcolm, and John (ODT), and now with Barry setting up a section on the home page of the website, my weekly contribution is almost superfluous.

However, there are still some things I can communicate, such as the request that subscriptions be paid before 30th April to qualify for the $10 discount, and a reminder about club uniforms. These are available from THE FRONTRUNNER in George Street. We are fortunate that Brian Watkins has over the years been able to negotiate good prices from suppliers for the club and to hold our stock at the shop. Please note that when paying for these it must be by cash or cheque.

Some disappointment about the numbers of names that have been recorded for the afternoon tea roster, but this has been overcome by Kieran volunteering us instead. Not an onerous task and the conversations over the tea towels are interesting.

Ian McDonald is recovering in Christchurch and hopefully will be returning to Dunedin Hospital next week where it will easier to visit him.

Jim Kerse is also recovering after having his gall-bladder removed last week.

David Jackson is recovering from cracked ribs and we hope to see him back soon also, after the croquet season finishes.

The Marathon Committee would like to see one or two volunteers to join them to ease the workload on the existing team. Have a word with Phil Coakes now that he is able to come out with us again on Saturdays.

See you on Saturday.

Cheers,

Colin 

   

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  16 April 2013

A Club Run and Walk was held from the Clubrooms Middleton Road last Saturday in brilliantly fine weather. Kerry Rowley took the faster running group through Mornington and then down to Caversham including a trip through the old Caversham Tunnel and the Caversham Bush Track with new members Sarah Saunderson and Lisa McFarlane going particularly well. The slower runners led by Peter Blackwood headed down Blackhead Road to Tunnel Beach a popular choice for the day.  Prominent in this group were Jacob Annison, Gail Sharp, Kirsty Annison, Nev Scott and Julie Leith.

Kieran Columb took the faster walkers up the Caversham Bush Track and a testing circuit through Mornington and Lookout Point. Monique Elleboode, Phil Gillan and Barry Sleeman all showed good early season fitness. The remainder of the walking groups headed down to take in the spectacular views on offer at Tunnel Beach, a first time experience for some group members.

This Saturday the Club will hold their annual Ted Brown Memorial Races at Kaikorai College.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 8 APRIL 2013

Hi everyone.

Great opening Day and it was hopefully an indication of how the winter season will continue. To those new to the Club, I hope you enjoyed your first outing. However I would like to point out that we don't have afternoon teas like that every Saturday. It was good to see everyone out enjoying the sun.

I would ask that current members introduce themselves to the newer ones and make them feel welcome. Vice versa, newcomers please don't hesitate to join in and make yourselves known. I have a feeling that this could be a very enjoyable and successful season, contrary to some of the doom and gloom being spread around.

As is not unusual for me, I did forget to thank a couple of people on Saturday. Firstly, thanks to Maria Sleeman for the printing of the Club Programme, (also called The Syllabus). Each year Maria comes to the rescue with not much notice. Secondly, thank you April Anderson for the Caversham Courier Newsletter. April follows a long line of worthy Editors and has produced an excellent issue with, I must say, not a lot of assistance. The newsletter is available to read on this very website (click here).

A week from next Saturday we have the first races of the season, the Ted Brown Memorial and McStay Cup 1500 metres (both handicapped) for runners, plus a race for walkers, also over 1500 metres. This is an opportunity to compete on the excellent surface at the Caledonian Ground, so give it a go. The Race Entry book will be at the clubrooms this Saturday, so please get your names recorded.

This Saturday we have another run/walk from the clubrooms and please remember the meeting time of 1:30pm.

See you then.

Cheers,

Colin

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  23 FEBRUARY 2013

Last Saturday the official opening of the 2013 Winter Season was held from the Clubrooms in fine sunny weather. Following initial announcements the season was officially opened by Patron Ron Cain who expressed satisfaction at the excellent turnout and the good number of new faces present.

The Running Group headed out as one down to St.Clair and across the playing fields at Kettle Park splitting into smaller groups on the run home.  The 40 strong walking group divided into two groups travelling in opposite directions.  Kieran Columb took the faster group down to Forbury Road and along to St.Clair ensuring a good hill climb heading back to the Clubrooms.  Ian Dick took the remainder along Blackhead and Green Island Bush Roads with some wonderful views providing added enjoyment along the way.
An enjoyable social time was held back at the Clubrooms to conclude a pleasing opening day for the Caversham Club.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 2 April 2013

  I hope you have all had a good Easter break and either had a holiday, or caught up with all those jobs while the weather remains superb.

Well, here we go again and next Saturday is the start of the Winter season.   Please note a decision has been made to change the starting time to 1:30pm. There has been talk for some time now and a rough poll was taken which indicated that a vast majority preferred an earlier start. It is only 15 minutes so I hope that it doesn't upset too many.

By the time announcements are completed (and I will try to be brief) we should be able to hit the road by 1:45, and after all this is what we are there for. This Saturday there will be a few introductions and presentations so it may be a few minutes longer before we get on the way.

Again this year we have been able to keep the subscriptions unchanged thanks to the massive effort put in by all club-members assisting in the running of the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon.

The subs are:

Seniors/Masters/Walkers (registered)       $105*

19 and under (registered)                             Free

16 and under (registered)                             Free

14 and under (registered)                             Free

Walkers (competitive, winter races only)  $50

Social Members, Runners 

and Walkers (not registered)                        $40

                                Fees paid by 30 April 2013 will be discounted by $10

                            *NB This registered fee covers winter & summer events

Please note that these subs also include entry fees into the majority of winter races.

A further explanation regarding walkers' subs; if you just want to walk socially you pay $40, discounted to $30 if paid by 30th April.   However, to those with a competitive bent who would like to compete in the five walking races conducted by Athletics Otago, the sub is $50, discounted to $40 if paid by 30th April. The extra $10 pays for a partial registration fee charged by Athletics Otago. Really serious walkers who intend on competing during the summer should pay the full registered sub of $105.

I hope this explains it all, and I would like to think that these subs sound attractive to people considering what club to join.

See you all this Saturday at 1:30pm, and please remember to bring a plate.

Cheers,

Colin

 


PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 26 March 2013

Well, the year is flying by and we are again approaching the winter season, with opening day only a week and a half away. OPENING DAY IS SATURDAY 6th APRIL.

It has been decided to meet on Saturdays at 1:30pm instead of our traditional 1:45. There has been considerable discussion about the starting time over the last year and it appears that there is a majority preference for the earlier start, which in fact will bring us in line with other Harrier Clubs.

So, we gather at 1:30, get any announcements over and hopefully we can get out on the road by 1:45. However on opening day there will be a few presentations of summer trophies and welcome messages so departure may be a bit later.

We look forward to an interesting year, as there are some concerns amongst other clubs that memberships will be down. Caversham is in good stead and although we have lost a few of our number one team there are a few younger athletes ready to step up to take their places. It is over to us all to try and attract new members and one way the club is doing this, is to offer free membership to anyone 19 years and younger. It may appear that we are trying to buy members but we are in a position to do this due to the tremendous effort put in by all club-members in the running of the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon.

One area of the club that continues to grow is the walking section and this is due to the efforts of Kieran Columb who relentlessly chases up potential members. Caversham now has a large number of walkers many of whom are there to have an enjoyable social walk, and several who have that competitive streak. We are here to provide for both classes of walkers.

Again, on the running side we try to cater for everyone from the most competitive to those who just want to have a jog and remain fit and healthy.

A calendar of events has been arranged and there are a few subtle changes from last year in an effort to keep thing interesting, but it is still open to fresh ideas. So, if you have a favourite area that you run or walk in please let us know and we will try and accommodate it.

It is hoped to have our own cross-country races again this year after a spell of two or three years, and the proposed course should be suited to runners and walkers alike.

Many members have been asking about Ian McDonald, and he is making progress, but very slowly. Ian has been through a very bad time and lately he has been able to walk short distances with assistance. His recovery is going to take some time but hopefully he will be in a position to return to Dunedin from Christchurch in the near future. Our thoughts are with him and Avis who has been by his side throughout his illness.

For the last fourteen years or so, (nobody is really sure), the club-rooms have been looked after by David Jackson. He has done this as he does everything, precisely and without fuss. He has vacuumed the floors, washed out the showers, washed the tea towels and stocked up the cupboards. Mysteriously he has been able to provide Moro Bars for some time after the Marathon. David has been involved in just about everything in the club from handicapping to running the Marathon race pack evenings with almost military precision. Thank you, David. Typically of David, last year he decided that it was time to call a halt and quietly passed the custodial duties to another long-time member of the club.

Jim Cartwright has taken over the helm and already has made a statement, and you will notice the fresh paint on the front door and the interior doors. Thank you also, Jim.

I'll try to keep the communication up weekly during the season and Kieran and Malcolm with their weekly emails will do the same.

Cheers,

Colin

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS 27 February 2013

Hi all. Just a short note this week to let you know that not everyone is inactive at this time of the year.   However from reading the ODT on Monday mornings it is good to see regular Caversham names appearing in the results from the Athletics at the Caledonian.

Ben Anderson was no doubt disappointed at not being able to defend his Otago 800 metre title due to University commitments, but he made up for it in winning the 1500 metre title last Saturday.  John Stinson is doing a good job in bringing results to us weekly highlighting Caversham members achievements. Some new names are appearing and this is promising for Caversham. We hear that Lorenz Kissling from Wanaka, will be studying in Dunedin this year so hopefully we will see a bit more of you, Lorenz.

It does seem, though, that overall numbers competing in Athletics are down considerably and have reached a concerning state. These are very worrying times for the sport, and answers should be looked for.

The trend is also affecting the Winter season and Athletics Otago is looking at clubs combining three or four times a year on Saturdays. Your Committee has decided that Caversham will go it alone and continue with our own weekly run/walks. The Winter Programme is being compiled at present and we are trying to arrange runs/walks from a few different places this year to keep up the interest. So, if anyone has a suggestion for an interesting place to run/walk from please let me know and we will certainly try to fit it in.

We have not had a Club Cross-Country race for a couple of years now, but Murray Reynolds has a circuit in mind and is looking into it at present.

Now is the time to start putting pressure on friends and family to try and get them to join us for a few times to see how they enjoy it. Remember too, that Caversham has this "No Fees" policy for all 19 years and under runners and walkers who take part during the winter season.

Kieran reports that good numbers have been turning out for the fortnightly walks and Dave McWhinnie has stepped in when Kieran has been away.

Countering the downturn in numbers competing in Athletics, it seems that around 450 entrants are expected for the annual Papatowai Challenge this coming Saturday. Why are a lot of these competitors not taking part in Athletics? I believe there are quite a few from Caversham taking part so have a good run or walk.

Finally, Ian McDonald continues to battle his serious illness in Christchurch Hospital and Avis is keeping up her vigil by his side. I am sure everyone who knows Ian is thinking of him and wishing him success in this struggle.

All the best from Colin

  

 

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  23 February 2013

Last Saturday club members were competing on the second day of the Otago Track and Field Championships. In the senior 1500 metres Ben Anderson produced a fine sprint over the final 200 metres to win in a very good time of 4:00:24. In the 800 metres races Lorenz Kissling continued his recent good form winning the Men 18-19 race in 1:59:49. In the Masters 35-49 and 50+ section Maria Sleeman was first in 2:50:92 with clubmate Claire Giles 2nd in 2:58:20. Andrew Smith won the Men 15 and under in 2:18:68. Congratulations to Julie Edmonds who set a new Otago Masters 40 to 44 record time of 16min 49.23sec when finishing third in the Otago 3K race walk championship.

In the field events Brent Cheshire was first in the Senior Men High Jump with 1.80m. In the Masters Women's age groups Claire Giles was 2nd in the Long Jump with 3.74m, 2nd in the Javelin with 18.91m, and third in the Discus with 17.24m.  In the Masters Women Heavy Weight competition,  Alison Newall recorded a personal best effort of 8.05m when finishing third.

 

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT(s)

9th February 2013
Congratulations to Claire Giles who continued her great form this season by setting an Otago Masters 55-59 long jump record of 3.94m at the Athletics Otago meeting held last Saturday at the Caledonian Ground.  Claire also recorded wins in the 100, 200 and 400 metres races, 2nd placings in the shot put and javelin and 3rd in the Otago Hammer Throw Championship.
 
In the track events Ben Anderson ran a fine tactical race to win the Men 21-34 1500 metres in 4.03.83 while John Landreth recorded his best 400 metres time this season when finishing 2nd in the Men 35+ race in 64.34.  In the junior races Andrew Smith was 1st in the Men 15 and under 400m in 66.51 and 2nd in the 1500m in 4.56.48. 
 
2nd February 2013
Club members were again seen in good numbers at the Athletics Otago meeting held in hot conditions at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday. Best overall performer was Claire Giles who finished third in the Women's Otago Championship Weight Pentathlon with 2244 points.  Claire achieved personal bests in the hammer throw with 23.12m and shot put 8.24m.  In the Women 55-59 long jump Claire had a best jump of 3.91m,  one millimetre short of the Otago record set in 2007.  Brent Cheshire won the Men18-20 high jump with 1.85m.

On the track Ben Anderson continued his fine post Christmas form winning the Men 21-34 800m in 1.58.28.  Ben's father Geoff later took out the Men 35 race in 2.19.83 after being pressed very hard by clubmate John Landreth, who recorded 2.19.95.  Andrew Smith following on from his success last week in the Ness Cup Handicap Mile won the Men15 and under race in 2.19.39.

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  31 January 2013

Club athletes enjoyed a successful afternoon at the Athletics Otago Meeting held in hot conditions at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday afternoon.  Congratulations to Andrew Smith who won the prestigious Ness Cup Handicap Mile race beating home a 34-strong field by 12 seconds after starting from a handicap of 45 seconds.  Andrew's winning time was 5.58.65.  Elder brothers Jonah and Zinzan finished 6th and 18th respectively.  Ben Anderson recorded third fastest time of 4min 37.32sec.
 
In other races John Landreth recorded his best 400 metres time of the season winning the Men 35= in 64.22 while Christine Montgomery won the Women 35+ 800 metres in 2.44.18. In the field events Alison Newall won the Women 35+ Javelin competition with 17.86m with clubmate Claire Giles 2nd recording 17.53m. These placings were reversed in the long jump,  Claire recording 3.71m and Alison 3.25. Claire also won the Women 35+ 80m Hurdles in 16.35. David White got through another busy afternoon winning the Men 18-20 100 and 800 metres and placing second in the 200 metres.

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS January 2013

Hello Everyone,

I have been prompted by Ivan Bell to come out of hibernation and write a report on what has been happening, which proves that at least three people read them.

The fact that it is the 31st January is another reason as it was December when I wrote the last.

To start with, many of you will be aware that Life Member, Ian McDonald has been extremely unwell for some weeks now and has been in intensive care. Ian was transferred to Christchurch where he has undergone an operation on his Pancreas and is being monitored closely. He faces a long battle to recovery and we wish him well.

John Stinson has also had some time in Dunedin Hospital having treatment to his leg. He reports that the meals were nice and he enjoyed the pampering of the nurses.

On the sporting field, Club Members have been performing well and congratulations must go to Jonah Smith on his victory in the U20 10,000 metre New Zealand Championships held in Timaru earlier this month. At the same time, Pat Meffan gained the bronze medal in the Senior Men's 10,000 metre NZ Championships. The 10,000 races were held in conjunction with the Lovelock Classic event and Ben Anderson showed great speed to win the 800 metre race. Former member, Daniel Balchin was second in the 1 mile race.

Ben has gone on to take second place (in a field of 17) in the Capital Classic 800 metre race in Wellington last weekend. His performance in running 1:52:01 was his personal best by 3 seconds and he is now rated number two in New Zealand. Well done, Ben.

The Ness Cup is a handicap 1 mile race held annually since 1934, and this year it was pleasing to see our Andrew Smith take out the trophy, and I believe some prize money. Andrew is of course, Jonah's younger brother, and also in the field were brothers Jonah and Zinzan. It is great to see these athletes all performing to their best in Caversham colours.

Not to be outdone by these young stars, the old and ancient "Masters" of the club have been doing their bit and retained the Peggy Calder Trophy for the third year in a row. This is an inter-club athletic event and the trophy is one of the largest around.

Thanks to Kieran for keeping the walkers on their toes and organising fortnightly walks over the summer.

I mentioned at the beginning that at least three people read this - along with Ivan, John Wells, a former member now living on the Gold Coast sent his best wishes at Christmas (thank you John) and another former junior from the 1970/80s, Grant Baskett, sent the following email which I will reprint in full to save me thinking of more to write out:

Hello Colin,

 It has been a couple of years since you and I last met, so I can well understand if my name doesn't leap right off the page. I am Bill Baskett's son, whom I am sure you remember well, and I was an active member of the club from the mid 70s through until the mid 80s. I have retained a keen interest in the club, and have been pleased to read of continuing successes over the years.
 
5 years ago I moved with my wife to the far north of Sweden, where we live today. Here I have found that road and trail running was very strong and well organized. That has helped me to kick start my love for the sport again in a more motivated fashion. Winter running is a bit of a challenge for someone not "born and bred" here. I do pride myself that I can still manage a 2 hour training run in -15 deg C, although that's where I've decided that I draw the line. At -30 it is strictly the treadmill for me.
 
The majority of athletics clubs in Sweden are combined cross country ski/athletic clubs. This works pretty well as the base work for both sports is the same and there is no competition date cross-over. Our local club, and there is only one club in our region for 40,000 people, is well organized with weekly open training sessions. The ski trails are great (and tough) work outs during the summer.
 
The main reason for my contact is in relation to a couple of future events which I have registered myself for. The first takes place in the south of Sweden in September and is called Lindingöloppet. Lidingö is the name of the neighbouring town, and a lopp is a running race. This race is a rather special event. It is a 30km pure good old fashioned cross country race with a participation limit of 40,000 starters. It has been acknowledged as the world's longest and largest true cross country race (as opposed to mountain races). The 2013 event is already sold out. I registered on opening day and didn't make the top 10,000 of registrations. The winner last year was Lewis Korir of Kenya in 1:35. I'm not expecting to see much of Lewis this year. Prior to Lidingöloppet, I have confirmed entry for a couple of road races in New York. My wife, Annika, will be competing in a 10k race in Central Park and I've managed to find a couple of races during our stay which suit me.
 
So, my question is this. Despite living in Sweden, I continue to have a strong attachment with Dunedin and with my favourite club. It would be quite a buzz for me if I could come to the start line wearing a Caversham singlet. None of the events I have spoken of are club affiliated, I simply turn up as I am wearing whatever I like. It's simply a symbolic thing for me. I don't know how it is in NZ today, but in Sweden all road racing eventsare open to both club and non-club athletes. I don't know if it is possible for me to purchase a club singlet as a souvenir for me to wear here in Sweden (and in New York) during training and at events. If I is possible then I would very much like to purchase one. Naturally I would not be asking for any membership subsidy and I will cover postage costs. I understand fully if this is not something that the club is interested in doing, as I said it is simply a symbolic tie for me which would mean a lot.
 
All the best,
 Regards,
 Grant Baskett"
 
 

Nice to hear from you Grant and I would like to take this opportunity to remind our current members to be proud to wear the Caversham uniform.

Have a good summer.

Cheers, Colin

 

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PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS XMAS 2012

Greetings all.

Have just awoken from hibernation long enough to pen a few words, and without any prompting from Barry Sleeman, I should add.

Unfortunately the Summer season sees most going off and doing their thing individually and there is not a great deal of direct communication. However, Kieran Columb and Claire Giles have been sending out their weekly emails to the Walkers and Masters Athletes respectively and keeping them informed of the various results that involve our members.

There have been numerous successes including Masters Age Group Otago records to Claire (Athletics) and to Julie Edmunds (Walking). On top of this, Roger Leslie, Tom Cockerill, and Jim Kerse all did exceptionally well in the recent 12 hour event in Christchurch achieving 84.5, 82.8, and 76.3 kilometres respectively. I feel exhausted just typing these distances.

Our athletes continue to perform well at the weekly meetings at the Caledonian and it's pleasing to read the names in the ODT on Monday morning. To highlight one, congratulations to Jonah Smith who came second in the Otago Champs 10,000 metres last Saturday and in doing so took out the Junior title. There are a few regular names missing however and perhaps this is a sign of work interfering with running or the odd niggling injury to get over. However I am sure after Christmas these people and perhaps a few others will front up at the Caledonian to keep the Caversham uniform to the fore.

In the meantime, thank you to Kieran for continuing to organise fortnightly walks, which have been supported by between 12 to 20 people. Hopefully when they recommence a few more walkers will turn out.

The Annual General Meeting in November saw the usual 25 members turn up and most of the Committee was returned although Dave McWhinnie stood down and we welcome Stu McCormack in his place. We also have a Senior Vice-President for the first time in several years and it is welcome back to Peter Blackwood.

I was out of town a couple of weeks ago so missed the NZ Secondary School Athletic Championships, but I would like to record a big thanks to all those Club Members who assisted as Officials over the weekend. It was a huge undertaking and I am sure that your input was appreciated.

And so, that's the end of this brief summary and it just leaves me to wish everyone the very best for the upcoming Christmas and New Year.

Enjoy yourselves and stay safe.

Cheers,

Colin

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PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2012

This has been a year of highs and lows.

The winter season took over from a summer season where Caversham Athletes performed with distinction on the track, winning many individual Otago titles, and crowning this with the shield for most points over the season, for the first time since the mid 1950's.

The Lovelock Relay was the first event for the season and Caversham was successful in defending the title and followed this up with the team's races in the Ponydales and the Otago Cross Country events. Unfortunately things didn't go quite so well in the Edmond Cup although there were spirited performances from Peter Meffan, and Bevan Stevens in second and third places. By the time the Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race came around, Caversham was represented by only three entrants. The biggest disappointment of the year, however, was the inability of the club to have a team in the NZ Road Race Relay in Nelson.

The Children' Section has thrived under the guidance of Lyndon Marfell with his mother, Vanessa, and there have been up to 58 children turning up on a Tuesday night. It is vital we get some assistance from members of the senior club to help out.

Kieran Columb has carried on his recruitment of new walkers and the numbers of these members now account for more than 50% of the total membership. Our walkers' names appear regularly in the results of an increasing number of races for this category of athletes, and this is an excellent way of promoting the club.

The Moro Marathon was a huge success again this year and it is a credit to Phil Coakes and the large number of club-members who give up so much of their time to organise this nationally recognized event. I don't think that an event of this stature could be run so efficiently by volunteers anywhere else in New Zealand. This year, the new event, the Childrens' Challenge proved to be almost too popular and the number of children who took part surprised Dave McWhinnie but he is dedicated to carrying on next year.

Of course, one of the most satisfying things to happen this year was the Delta Innovation in Sport Award presented to Caversham in recognition of the new ideas that have been incorporated into the marathon. The new timing gear has been operating well and this is a credit to Barry and Maria Sleeman and the team who have put a lot of work into it. These same people are also responsible for the new website which has improved communication for the marathon and within the club itself.

Anne, Tracy, Mary and the team of the Social Committee did a fine job of arranging the "50 Years of Women in Running" celebration and other social events during the year.

On a low, we were troubled with break-ins earlier in the year but since security has been beefed up these annoying incidents seem to have stopped.

Finally, my thanks go to April who has done a wonderful job as Secretary and "Caversham Courier" Editor, along with guiding me, and thanks to an excellent committee that has got through an eventful year.

The Club has a great future but we still need to encourage new members, particularly runners.

 Colin Dick

  

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  7 November 2012

Club members again performed well at the Athletics Otago Programme B meeting held in varying weather conditions at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday.  In the 5000 metres Jonah Smith turned in a fine solo run recording 16:43.40 in the Men 20&U grade. In the Men 21-34, 1500 metres former Caversham member Daniel Balchin, now back in Dunedin for the summer season, scored a comfortable win in 4:03.54 while Ben Anderson continued his good early season form finishing second in 4:06.86. Geoff Anderson won the Men 35+ 1500 in a very good time of  4:53.32 while Zinzan Smith won the Men 16-17 in 5:26.41.

In other events David White scored a triple success in the Men 18-20 AWD 100, 200 and 400 metres while Andrew McCaig won the Men 35 100 metres in 14:27. Claire Giles and Alison Newall continued their rivalry in the women's events, finishing first and second respectively in the 100, 200 and 800m hurdles races.

In the field events Alison Newall won the Women 35 javelin with a throw of 16.87m with Claire Giles second with 16.46m. In the Men 35 javelin John Landreth was second with a throw of 24.95m and third in the shot put with 6.46m. Claire Giles and Alison Newall completed their busy afternoon with the W35 long jump, Claire winning with 3.57m while Alison recorded 3.31m.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS.

Again, John has said it all. It is very good to see Caversham being represented at the Caledonian each Saturday, and what's more they all appear to be enjoying it. Some names do appear to be missing but I daresay these athletes will make their presence felt in due course.

Thank you Kieran, for the interesting walk around your home territory, Mosgiel, last Saturday. Kieran is to be congratulated for his continuing organising of these regular fortnightly walks during the summer, and I hope that club-members will support them.

Of interest to Caversham members was the track alongside the Silverstream which passes under the Mosgiel to Outram Road on the outskirts of Mosgiel. The underpass is named "The Alison Jones Underpass" in recognition of Alison's seven year battle to have this built. Alison was a very dedicated runner with Caversham in the 1980's and 90's and I can visualise her tenacity in tackling the Otago Regional Council. Alison was a very forceful runner and was a very useful member of our Women's relay teams. These were of course the days when we were able to enter three women's teams in relays. Unfortunately Alison's sight became poor and she is now dependent on her guide dog, Zen, and husband, Evan. Evan was also an important member of the club and he and I had many battles. Evan still comes out every Marathon day and marshals at the railway crossing at Port Chalmers.

This weekend three of our members are tackling the 12 hour Sri Chinmoy run/walk in Hagley Park, Christchurch. All the best to Tom Cockerill, Jim Kerse, and Roger Leslie.

Now that the American elections are over, the next most important elections are those to appoint members to the various positions on our Committee. I may have mentioned it previously, but the AGM is on Tuesday 20th November at 7:30pm at the Clubrooms. I hope you have been giving thought to whom you would like to see running your club. Please don't just leave it till the night.

That's all for this week.

Cheers, Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT    27 October 2012

Club members performed well at the Athletics Otago meeting held in fine weather at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday.

In the 3000 metres, Jonah Smith recorded a fine win in the Men's 18-20 grade in a big personal best time of 9:23.33. In the 800 metres Men 21-34 Ben Anderson finished strongly for second place in 1:57.66 while in the Men 35+ John Landreth was very pleased with his second place in 2:21.45. In the Junior Grades, Campbell Mann was second in the men 15-U in 2:17.14 with club-mate Andrew Smith 3rd in 2:48.38. David White enjoyed a profitable afternoon in the Athletes with Disabilities competition winning the 100 metres in 13.81, the 200 metres in 27.99 and the 800 metres in 2:28.63. In the Women 35+ Claire Giles was first in the 60, 100, and 200m races with clubmate Alison Newall second on each occasion.

In the field events, Brent Cheshire won the Men's 18-20 High Jump with 1.70m. Claire Giles was first in the Women 35+ 1kg Discus with 16.83m and second in the heavy weight competition with 7.18m. Alison Newall was first in the Women 35+ Long Jump with 3.49m and second in the Triple Jump with 6.85m.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS   31 october 2012

Hi everyone. I feel a bit redundant, as John's report tells it all regarding the weekly Athletics meetings at the Caledonian on Saturdays, Kieran's emails tell all about the Walkers, and Claire/Malcolm's emails give all the news about everything else.

That just leaves it to me to thank Anne Watkins and her team for organising the social evening last Saturday. I didn't make it but I believe it was an enjoyable evening.

I did venture down to the Caledonian on Wednesday evening in damp cold conditions and was pleased to see quite a number of Caversham members enjoying the informal competition. The atmosphere is convivial and the banter between the competitors is a sign of the friendly rivalry that exists in Harriers/Athletics.

It is very pleasing to hear that 58 children turned out on Tuesday evening for the weekly training session. This is a tremendous turnout but I do hope that a few senior members can find some time to help Lyndon and his mother, Vanessa, with running the weekly sessions. I gather that some parents are getting involved and there are some promising young people taking part. These are the future of the club, so if anyone can spare some time on occasions it would be appreciated.

Finally, here we go again; the AGM on Tuesday 20th November at 7:30pm. Please turn out and make this a success. 

In the meantime, carry on with your running and walking.

Cheers, Colin

 

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  20 October 2012

Club members enjoyed a successful afternoon at the opening of the 2012-13 Track and Field Season at the Caledonian Ground last Saturday. In the Open Men 1500 metres Ben Anderson scored a decisive win in a personal best time of 4min 10.69 secs. This was a good confidence booster for Ben after a long injury break. In other age group 1500 metre races Jonah Smith recorded a personal best time of 4:29.92 competing in the 18-20 grade while brothers Zinzan 5:21.02 and Andrew 5:40.27 also recorded personal best times in their respective 16-17 and 15&U Grades. New member Campbell Mann scored a fine first up win in the 15&U Grade in a time of 4:45.95. Geoff Anderson won his race in the men 35+ in 4:48.72 making it a family double for the day.

In other events Julie Edmunds turned in a fine solo effort in the Women 35+ 3000m Walk recording 16min 55.86sec. David White scored a double success in the 18-20 100 metres in 14.03 and the 400 metres in 60.63. Claire Giles looks in for another great season recording wins in the Women 35+ 100 metres and 80 metres hurdles and second in the 200 metres. In the field events Claire was first in the Women 35+ long jump and second in the shot put and javelin.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS

From John's report it seems that a few Caversham athletes put in an appearance at the Caledonian last Saturday with quite a few successes. As people get over their injuries and little niggles, no doubt the Caversham uniform will be seen in larger numbers over the coming weeks. It's Interesting to see Julie Edmunds dabbling in a few sprints as well as her walking.

A reminder to all those 35+ members that an informal little athletics event is held every Wednesday evening at the Caledonian Ground at 6pm. This is conducted by the Otago Masters Athletics and usually consists of a couple of races with a field event thrown in. It is a good opportunity to have a bit of a stride out and to pick up a few tips on shot-putting, discus throwing etc. There may well be a budding Valerie Adams amongst you.

Next Saturday evening is the Social Bus Trip and by all accounts the numbers going have necessitated ordering a larger bus. Thanks to Anne Watkins and her team for organising this night which I am sure will be an enjoyable event.

The Children's Section of the Club has taken off with a bang this year and around 42 turned up on the first night. This apparently may be as a result of the Olympic Games. However the numbers have put a lot of pressure on Lyndon Marfell and I am sure he would be grateful for some assistance. If anyone has an hour or so to spend on a Tuesday evening at around 5:30 or 6pm could you give Lyndon a ring on 027 453 0279. The children are the future athletes of the club and it would be good to give them some help and encouragement. Lyndon has been putting in a lot of his time and has by himself tidied up the storage area at the clubrooms, so if he can get some help it would be appreciated.

Finally, the AGM!!!! Remember Tuesday the 20th November at 7:30pm. No nominations have been received as yet, so please don't leave it until the night to look around the room and pick on someone. We would like to see some voting for a change, so please give it some thought beforehand.

I know a lot of you will be catching up on those jobs that have been on the back-burner over the winter, but you should still find some time to keep that fitness up. So keep up with that running and walking.

Cheers,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT

The penultimate Club run and walk for the 2012 winter season was held from the Clubrooms in unseasonably wintry conditions last Saturday. Peter Hughes took the faster running pack through various parts of Green Island and Abbotsford including a quick trip through the old Green Island Cement Works. The second pack toured various parts of South Dunedin with Murray Reynolds providing historical background including the site of the old South Dunedin Police Station. First year member Melissa Todd gained obvious enjoyment from her run once again.

Kieran Columb led the walking group on a brisk outing around Lookout Point and Corstorphine notable for a particularly heavy hail shower soon after setting out.

The Club extends a welcome to new junior member Campbell Manning who thoroughly enjoyed his first Saturday with us. Congratulations to Life Member and Co-Patron Ron Cain who celebrated his 81st Birthday last Saturday. 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS

Thanks to all who turned out last Saturday for a very cold and wet run and walk. We just managed to get the photo taken in time.

The disappointment of Caversham not having a team in the New Zealand Road Relays in Nelson on Saturday was slightly eased by the fact that other Dunedin Clubs had success. Congratulations are due to Ariki for their win in the B Grade event, and Leith winning the C Grade, with Ariki second. Our own Tony Payne gained his first medal in the A Grade race, as a member of the third placed team. We now have to aim for the Relays next year when they return to the Christchurch to Akaroa course.

The South Island Masters Games are under way in Timaru and of interest to Caversham are the performances of our Club-members in the 10km Walk last Sunday. Five gold and two bronze medals were won:

F40+

1st

Julie Edmunds  

58:48

M55+

 1st

Roger Leslie

58:22

F45+

1st

Donna Tumaru

1:10:52

M60+

 3rd

Jim Kerse

1:07:07

F50+

1st

Thelma Irwin-Sutherland

1:09:10

M65+

 1st

Tom Cockerill

1:07:09

F60+

3rd

Patsy Mason

1:24:20

 

 

 

 

Congratulations all and we hope that those competing next weekend in the Athletics events return with medals also.

And so, to this Saturday, closing day, when we will gather for the final run and walk of the winter season. No doubt there will be quite a few involved with the opening day of the Summer Athletics season at the Caledonian Ground, so there may be a slight delay before we hand out the year's certificates. A Barbecue is planned.

Tuesday 20th November at 7:30pm; our Annual General Meeting. Please keep this date clear, we would like to see a good turnout and plenty of nominations.

Cheers,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT   1 October 2012

A Club run and walk was held from the Clubrooms last Saturday as guests of the Club Presidents and Club Captains. The medium and slow packs headed out to South Dunedin with the medium group taking a longer route back along Hillside and South Roads and Sidey Street. The slower group progressed as far as the Pirates Football Club Grounds at Hancock Park and tackled the Jacobs Ladder Steps on the return trip. Well done to Gail Sharp, the only member to reach the top of Jacobs Ladder running all the way.

Kieran Columb led the faster walking group over to Lookout Point and Corstorphine while Ian Dick took the remainder on an interesting tour of the nearby housing subdivisions and including some wonderful ocean views of Blackhead and Tunnel Beaches.

Thanks to our Presidents and Club Captains for their generous hospitality later in the day.

Congratulations to Club Life Member and Co-Patron Ron Cain on his recently awarded Recognition Certificate from the International Association of Athletics Federations. In the National Duathlon Championships held in Taupo last Weekend former Caversham member Marion Maxwell won the Gold Medal in the Women's 50/54 section.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS

I have been sitting here for ten minutes trying to think of something to write about, but at this time of the year things seem to have come to a halt. After the brilliant start to the winter season, we seem to have run out of gas.

It was a bit upsetting to hear that after a lot of work by Lyndon, the team going to the National Road Relays has fallen off the rails and Caversham won't be represented at Nelson this weekend. This is a worse situation than last year when we did eventually send two teams. However, injuries and work commitments take their toll and we can only look forward to next year, when the event returns to Christchurch to run over the hills to Akaroa. This is a brilliant event and I am sure that the club can muster a few teams to go.

In the meantime, we will be gathering at the clubrooms this Saturday for a pack run/walk at 1:45pm. It is planned to take some sort of club photograph so it would be good to see everyone in uniform or at least in white and black.

And then it is closing day, Saturday 13th October. Due to again insufficient interest there won't be a runner/walker relay, but we will finish off with a pack run/walk followed by a barbecue and the awarding of the year's certificates and aggregate trophies.

Remember the 27th October when Anne Watkins and the Social Committee have the last social event for the year planned. Anne will reveal more this Saturday.

Neville George Madigan is recovering well in the Dunedin Hospital after his heart surgery, and is keeping the nursing staff on their toes. I asked cautiously about his condition on Sunday night and whether he was able to have visitors, only to be told that "the cheeky old bugger is in the ward just around the corner." He did go walkabout early on Monday morning, requiring a phone call to Lotte at 4:00am, and the assistance of security people to get him back to bed. Seems he was out "looking for my wife." There's still a bit of romance in Neville after all.

Now for something a bit serious; as mentioned a few times, the AGM is approaching, 7:30pm on Tuesday 20th November in fact. The AGM (Annual General Meeting) is where we get to have a say in the running of the club and exercise our democratic right to vote suitable people onto the committee. There is another election somewhere in the world around the same time but please, could we have a good attendance at this one. There are a few challenges ahead in the sport of Athletics and Harriers, and we need good people to take care of Caversham.

Cheers,

Colin

Click here to view Positions to be filled at the Annual General Meeting in November and the current office-holders.

 

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  15 September 2012

Caversham were represented by three teams at the Peninsula Road Relay held last Saturday.  The Number 1 team were third team to cross the line before suffering disqualification due to one member having to run two consecutive legs. The team still performed satisfactorily with Ewoud Noordeloos and Hayden Donnelly running particularly well on legs 7 and 8.

The number 2 team of Stu McCormack, David White, Ken Fahey, Ian McDonald, Zinzan Smith, Andrew McCaig, Sam Tindley and Joe Matthews finished in 10th place. Stu McCormack thoroughly enjoyed his first Peninsula Relay experience while Juniors Sam Tindley and Joe Matthews ran well over the last two legs.
 
The women's team of Amy Manning, Gail Sharp, Claire Giles, Melissa Todd, Maria Sleeman, Kerry Rowley, Rebecca Flamank and Alison Newall enjoyed the team aspect of the relay and appreciated all the support they received out on the course.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS    20 September 2012

Hi! Here we are with only three weeks to go until closing day on 13th October. It has been a long winter but the last few weeks have flown.

John hasn't sent through a report on last weekend's Peninsula Relay and apparently things didn't go as well as they could have, but hopefully everyone at least enjoyed their run.

It was good to see those members new to the club taking part. Relays are a good way for members to get together and they seem to bring out good performances. Unfortunately without any background, handicapping is a bit difficult and it can be tough on teams with new members.

This weekend sees the running of the Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race plus the Otago Age Group Races and a Recreational Walking Race.  Entries seem to be down this year and a number of Caversham runners' names are missing from the entry lists. Perhaps it is a sign of the times as the season draws to a close, but it is a bit sad after the exciting start to the winter. Kieran has planned a surprise walk for the walking group who should gather at the start of the Ravensbourne Harbour Walkway, near the Otago University Students Aquatic Centre at 1pm. Refer to Kieran's email this week for further information.

The same can be said of the NZ Road Relay Championships to be held in Nelson on Saturday 6th October. At the beginning of last year there was a sense of excitement and optimism that 2011 was going to be the year that Caversham achieved a podium placing, but sickness, and injuries resulted in two teams being cobbled together at the last moment. These two teams performed admirably but a top three placing was out of the question. So 2012 came around and it was determined that things would be better organised this year, but again things haven't gone as well as they should have. At this stage, it is hoped that one team will travel to Nelson.

Following the Port Road Race this weekend we have two Club Run/Walks and then the closing day which coincides with the opening of the summer season. And with the summer season, the Children's section starts up. Lyndon and Robert have done a sterling effort over the last two years and have built up the Children's Club, but with Robert's departure to Australia it shouldn't be left to Lyndon alone. Lyndon is also working now and hasn't the same spare time so it would be appreciated if one or two clubmembers could step forward and assist at times. I'm sure that some of the parents would love to help but perhaps need some guidance

And so we come to a matter that I will be pushing over the next few weeks: the Annual General Meeting (also known as the AGM) of the Club to be held in November. The time has come for some worthy members who wish to step aside and allow for new blood with fresh ideas. There will be some particular positions that will be required to be filled, so I would ask you all to put your thinking caps on, as they say, and have a look around your fellow members. Perhaps that good person running or walking beside you has potential, or perhaps even yourself? Don't be shy about volunteering, this is a great Club and there is a lot of satisfaction in taking a part in its running.

"Lost and Found": on the Alexandra bus trip, Peter Barham lost his Caversham tee shirt and would love to be reunited with it.  Peter is one that likes to wear his Caversham colours so if you have found it please let Peter know. Malcolm has often pointed out the requirement for club members to wear their Caversham uniforms when competing in events to avoid disqualification. Not wearing the uniform has resulted in some missing out on trophies etc. but it would be good to see the white and black worn each time we go out on pack runs/walks as well.

With the winding down of the season, I'm also running out of things to write about, which will be of relief to some.

In the meantime keep on running/walking.

Cheers,

Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  9 September 2012

A small number of club members competed in the Caversham Club-organised Cadbury Moro Marathon and Half Marathon held last Sunday. Congratulations to Peter Meffan on his fine win in the Open Men Half Marathon in1:09:50 capping off a brilliant winter season. The previous weekend saw Peter take out the Bronze Medal at the National Road Championships in Wellington. David White competing in his first Half Marathon finished in a very creditable 1:36:06.

 Caversham were well represented in the Half Marathon Walk Section. Roger Leslie was second in 2:05:08 and Julie Edmunds third in 2:11:48. Donna Tumaru was 19th in 2:39:48, Debra Driver 27th in 2:44:02 and Mary Ann Bishop 32nd in 2:45:13.

This Saturday Caversham will be represented by three teams in the annual Peninsula Road Relay

 

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS

You can all take a bow. What a brilliant effort, everyone. Every year I get a warm feeling after the Marathon is over, knowing that Caversham people have just provided another successful event that has been enjoyed by so many competitors and their supporters. This year is no different. Well done!

By saying Caversham people, I also mean all those who perhaps are not actually Club members, but year after year just enjoy being part of the team. Some of these have been Club members in the past but who for various reasons cannot now compete, but still turn out on Marathon Day. My old competition, Evan Jones is an example.

I have heard no negative feedback so far but I am sure that any comments will be listened to with a view to further improving the event next year. As the years roll past, those involved in the organisation are ageing also, so it is to be expected that some will find it's time to perhaps take on a lesser role in the future. To replace these we will need to find some younger blood, so please keep this in mind.

John has mentioned those club members who were placed on Sunday but I would also like to comment on the performances of Bruce Adams and Stu McCormack. Having been wonderful sponsors of the Marathon they both were talked into joining the Club this year and I hope that they are enjoying the experience. Stu commented in the "Star" that he was hoping to better his time of around two hours in last year's Half Marathon. His time of 1:48:15 certainly was a big improvement and with Bruce's 1:46:07, I would like to think that running with the club has helped both of them.

There is no rest for some competitors at this time of the year and we have two more annual events on the next two Saturdays. This Saturday is the Peninsula Relay and I think we have three teams entered. Each team will no doubt be contacted by team managers to ensure that everyone is fit and ready for the task ahead. Relays bring out the best in club members, and I am pleased to see that some of our newer members are being involved this Saturday. There will be a Club run and walk from the Moana Pool for those not taking part in the Relay.

Unfortunately the following Saturday sees another weekend with the Club split up as the Port Chalmers Road Races are held. There will be a Recreational Walk Race for those who have the partial registration, and a Club run and walk for those not competing. I am still looking for three volunteers to assist with putting out cones and signs. Please contact me on 466-7116 or at colin_dick@hotmail.com

Please also don't forget the NZ Road Relay Championships in Nelson. See John Stinson urgently if you want to go or have a chat with Lyndon Marfell.

It is about now that I will start promoting the Annual General meeting of the Club which will be held in November. Start thinking about whom you would like to see running your Club.

In the meantime, enjoy your running/walking.

Cheers,

Colin

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PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS  2 sEPTEMBER 2012

Hi everybody.

By now you will all have been given your allocated tasks for Sunday and for many of you, more than that. In the days leading up to the weekend many of you will be giving up hours of your time and your families' time to do those last minute tasks. There is no doubt that the Moro Marathon is a huge undertaking and it is certainly a surprise to many people that basically the whole event is organised on a voluntary basis by the members of the Caversham Harrier Club. It is impossible to estimate how many hours and days and weeks of members' lives have been absorbed by the Marathon over the last year. I am aware of last minute hitches that are being overcome without fuss but I do detect signs of stress in some. Please be assured that your efforts will be appreciated and on Sunday afternoon you will be entitled to that sense of pride you will feel over a job well-done that has brought so much enjoyment (and a bit of pain) to so many entrants.

Remember the Race-Pack afternoon and evening this Thursday at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. David Jackson will have been in touch with all those volunteers for this enjoyable task which is usually punctuated by the odd comedy moment.

The Race Packs will be able to be picked up from 4pm on Friday from the Forsyth Barr Stadium and all day Saturday and I am led to believe from 6am on Sunday.

The Community Star (which I still refer to as The Midweek, as that was what it was called when it used to be delivered to me) has this week a substantial supplement for the Marathon. Our good Publicity Officer, John Stinson has been very much involved in this and he assures me it will be a very good read. Perhaps John might get me a copy.

I can't finish this without mention of Phil Coakes. Phil is that man of short stature, much like myself and Ron Cain, who incidentally all worked together some years ago. Ron was the boss and he preferred short employees. Well it's possible that a lot of club members will not actually know Phil as he does not have a lot of spare time to come out with the club nowadays. But Phil did finish third in one of the earlier Harbour Marathons and has been involved on the organising side ever since. One could almost call him the Moro Marathon Man. Phil is a Life-Member and as he wasn't at the club on the day that the badges were presented I called around to his work today to present him with his badge. I had forgotten that Phil takes a week's holiday every year before the Marathon so that he can finalise everything.

So, the countdown has begun to what I am sure will be another very successful Cadbury Moro Marathon.

On matters other than the Marathon, the following week sees the running of the Peninsula Relay, and I hope you have remembered to get your names down. This is another long established event and relays bring out the best in club members and the old team spirit. There was a coach that once made the comment, "A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say".

Now, before you all rest on your laurels, Caversham is the duty club for the Port Chalmers Road Race two weeks after the Marathon, and I have been reminded of our duties. We are required to provide a person to assist the Fulton Hogan driver to put out cones and to collect them after the race. Plus we require two other persons to assist Greg Johnston with signs and other equipment. Please, please, could I have some volunteers for these duties. Call me on 466-7116 or email me at colin_dick@hotmail.com

So there we are.

Thank you all in advance and enjoy next Sunday.

Cheers, Colin 

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT  18 August 2012

The club travelled to Alexandra on Saturday for the annual Clyde to Alexandra Road Races.  Weather conditions were ideal making for fast times and enjoyable competition. 

Congratulations to Peter Meffan who continued his great season by winning the Senior 10k race in a personal best time of 30:13.  Peter also won the Otago 10k road title held in association with the Clyde Alexandra Race.  Among other senior competitors Lyndon Marfell was 14th in 33:38 and Hayden Donnelly 18th in 34:21.

In other grades Jonah Smith ran a great race in the Men's 19 10k winning by over a minute in an excellent time of 34:07.  Geoff Anderson was third in the Masters 50 Men in 36:06 and Kerry Rowley 4th in the Masters 35 Women in 43:54.  In the Boys 14 race run over 4km Sam Tindley was third in 15:03, while Joe Matthews was third in the Boys 16 6km race in 22:52.

Caversham competitors enjoyed further success in the 10k Open Walk event. Roger Leslie was an impressive winner of the Open Men section in 56:11 with Ian McDonald second in 1:00:04 and Jim Kerse third in 1:03:23. In the Open Women, Julie Edmunds was third with an impressive time of 59:13, Donna Tumaru fourth in 1:10:28 and Katherine Van Der Vliet fifth in 1:13:09.

Thanks to the organisers for their pre race planning ensuring everyone enjoyed a great day inCentral Otago.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS
Very brief this week, as I was out of town last weekend and John has reported on the excellent results achieved by Caversham athletes at the Clyde to Alexandra Races on Saturday. Some very outstanding performances I see and congratulations to you all. John hasn't mentioned the other event, however, and it was from an Ariki member that I heard about the annual Lawrence Undie Run. Following up on this report I have discovered that our ladies, in this year of 50 Years Women in Running, finally joined in the spirit of the event, even running in high-heels to raise the tone somewhat. There was that escapade some years ago when a couple of lions were loose in Lawrence, but I have heard that this year it was a tiger. It is good to see that the Club Spirit is alive and well.

Unfortunately, the trip to the National Road Relays in Nelson looks as if it won't be happening. Perhaps the cost involved, injuries, and University Exams have played a big part in the lack of serious responses. Dave Stinson has done quite a bit of work in negotiating travel and accommodation etc and is naturally disappointed.  He is willing to pass on his contacts etc if a group wants to get together to travel to Nelson as perhaps a social team.

This Saturday we have a club run and walk from the Clubrooms with the 10km Moro Marafun and 5km walk on Sunday at the Caledonian Ground. No doubt club members will want to take advantage of this but I am sure that marshals would also be required. The following two Saturdays are also scheduled for Club Runs/Walks from the clubrooms.

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER is Cadbury Moro Marathon Day. Entrants are up on last year and there is the added Children's Marathon. To date 571 children have entered and although this is exciting, it will take a bit of controlling.  Ian McDonald is now getting desperate for volunteers to stand on corners as marshals so I implore you to get in touch with him. It is only for a short time and I am certain you will enjoy it and you will get a sense of pride that Caversham is able to hold this large event.

The Marathon has really crept up on us quickly, but then again, the end of the season is also on the horizon. This of course also means that the club AGM is not all that far away.  Now is the time to have a look around your fellow club members and see if there is someone you think would fill a role on the Committee. Perhaps you yourself would like to contribute, so talk amongst yourselves.

That's all this week.

Cheers, Colin

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THE JOHN STINSON REPORT      13 August 2012

Caversham held their annual Brighton to Green Island Road Races last Saturday as guests of the Life Members with all competitors enjoying the ideal weather conditions.

The Senior Race was won by Gail Sharp in a time of 51:26 after starting from a handicap of 29 minutes. Gail received the prestigious Butterfield Trophy depicting a map of the course run from Brighton to Green Island. Claire Giles was second in 48:15 while Lyndon Marfell finished third in 32:45 after starting from a handicap of 49 minutes. John Landreth was fourth in 40:16. Lyndon Marfell recorded fastest time of 32:45 from back marker Hayden Donnelly 34:43 and David White 39:57.  Maria Sleeman was the fastest woman runner with 41:37 followed by Kerry Rowley 42:13 and Evelyn Armstrong 46:33

The Junior Race was won by Sam Tindley in 13:54 from Zinzan Smith 14:36 and Andrew Smith 14:53.  Fastest time for the 19 and under was Jonah Smith 12:21 while Jo Matthews was fastest 16 and under with 13:12.

A field of 29 walkers also completed the Brighton - Green Island Race on Saturday.  First across the line was Debra Driver in 1:13:53 followed by Craig Wilson 1:14:03, Ian McDonald 56:36 and Nancy Smith 1:12:03.  Fastest time of 49:02 was recorded by guest competitor Rosie Robinson with Ian McDonald the fastest Caversham competitor with 56:36 followed by Julie Edmunds 57:58 and Tom Cockerill 1:02:45.  Debra Driver was also the first winner of the new club trophy awarded to the first finisher - runner or walker - in the Brighton - Green Island Race.

Thanks to Race Convenor Brian Watkins and his team for organising the course so well and to the Life Members for their hospitality provided following the races.

PRESIDENTIAL PRATTERINGS

Quite a busy weekend! I feel that everyone enjoyed the Brighton to Green Island races and I can now say that there was a time when we thought that it would have to be cancelled and an alternative route was being planned. The race was first held about 1932 so there was a determination that it would go ahead. Thanks to various visits to the construction site at the Kaikorai Stream Bridge by Ron Cain, Brian Watkins, Malcolm Giles and myself to talk with the crew, a compromise was reached. Jim Law and I under the expert tutilage of David Jackson achieved another of life's ambitions and became "Stop/Go" people for an hour or so. But, a big thanks to Brian Watkins for his organisation under stress, and to Ian McDonald for his patience with us having forgotten to let him know what was happening, being the traffic management person responsible.  Thanks to Ian and son Kenneth for placing the signs, cones etc, and then uplifting them again, and to Fr John Harrison for the quick provision of the results, and to all those who gave of their time to marshal etc.

And now to that other event on Saturday night; the celebration of 50 years of Women in Running. A very enjoyable night was had by all. There was a lot of energy being expended on the dance floor which possibly suggests that everyone did not perform to their best in the afternoon's race.  Ron Cain mastered the job of Master of Ceremonies but did let it slip that he had been under a bit of stress in the week leading up to the event.  Don't worry, Ron, you did OK.

Congratulations to Tracy Dowling, Mary Fahey, Mary Vincent and Anne Watkins and the others who organised the night. I know that there was a bit of stress there also, with only around 25 tickets sold with a week to go. The black and white theme was great and even carried through to the black and white jelly beans and blackballs and milkshake lollies.  Mary Vincent had done a great amount of research into her recounting of those early days which she told with a touch of humour. Margaret Knox followed with her memories of her and her family's time with Caversham before going off to Leith where she met her husband Ray and is now the mother of three. Margaret is now the Athletics Otago Administrator.  All in all, a very good night, but I do now understand those bumper stickers which read. "If it's too loud, you're too old".

To the future now. A full bus will be travelling to Alexandra this weekend, leaving from the Queens Gardens at 8:30am on Saturday. There will be stops at Surrey Street, South Road, Green Island and Fairfield to pick up passengers.  After the event, a stop will be made at Roxburgh for a meal at the Goldfields Tavern.  I daresay another stop may be made at Lawrence for the annual Undie Sprint? Good luck to everybody.

After this weekend, there are three club runs/walks followed by the Cadbury Moro Marathon on Sunday 9th September. The big day has crept up again, so if you haven't got a job to do yet, please get in touch with Ian Mcdonald soon. There will be more pressure this year with an expected 600 children completing their own Marathon event. They will have covered 40 kilometres before the day and will run the last 2.2 kilometres into the Stadium with the big screen in action to record the moment.

That's all for now, keep up the good work, and enjoy.

 Cheers,

Colin

THE JOHN STINSON REPORT     21 July 2012

Caversham hosted the Leith Club for a combined run/walk held from the Clubrooms,Middleton Road in fine co