Goldsmid backs up with repeat victory
Nicole Goldsmid flourished her pink right running shoe after she scooted over the finish line first in the Manawatu Striders half marathon yesterday.
It was part of the same pair she wore when winning last year's 21km and figured they were due for replacement.
Most days she trains for 90 minutes and also gets through plenty of lengths in the pool, hardly surprising for a former New Zealand swimmer.
Yesterday, she received a new pair of running shoes as part of her prize, as well as the Glenn Patterson Memorial Trophy.
All four main winners received one of those. The trophies were presented to the Manawatu Striders by Bev Patterson last year after she and her late husband founded the club 32 years ago.
For 25-year-old Goldsmid, the two Striders events are the only two half marathons she has attempted. Last year she finished in 1hr 31min 08sec and yesterday she carved nine minutes off that time.
"It was tough, but that's good," she said.
She had no idea whether anyone was tracking her because she was so exhausted. It turned out she was nine minutes clear of Feilding Moa's Juanita Paterson and 10 minutes ahead of Massey University student Sarah Prebble. Prebble hails from Mt Maunganui and competes in beach runs and sprints for the Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club.
Goldsmid is still a woman of the water as the swimming instructor of 40 swimmers at Makino Pool, Feilding, and also coaches a national junior high performance squad.
In April she took on her first marathon, the Great Forest Marathon at Waitarere near Levin, and won in 3hr 3min.
"I want to do the ultra solo run at Taupo, a length of the lake, 67.5km.
"I don't get any advice. I just run for fitness and it seems to translate when I race."
The Striders hope to have all 10km runners carry transponders next year so their results can also be recorded.
HOW THEY FARED
Women's top half-marathon finishers: 1 Nicole Goldsmid (Feilding) 1hr 23min 15sec, 2 Juanita Paterson (Feilding Moa) 1:32.10, 3 Sarah Prebble (PN) 1:33.56, 4 Jharna Melbourne (PN) 1:35.10, 5 Lisa Bean (Otaki) 1:35.58, 6 Bridget Harris (PN) 1:38.27.