Nelson teams shine in relay
Nelson teams took line honours in Saturday's annual Avanti-Plus, Havelock Hotel Queen Charlotte Road Relay but Marlborough teams certainly didn't go away empty-handed.
The Nelson senior men's team were first across the finish line in the five-leg relay race from the Waitohi Domain at Picton to the finish line in Havelock.
Matt Newberry, Cliff Bowman, Simon Mardon, Nigel Burgess and Greg Lautenslager, competing in the senior men's section, clocked a smart 2hr 1min 26sec for the 35km journey from the Waitohi Domain in Picton to Havelock via Queen Charlotte Drive.
Another Nelson combination, competing in the junior men's section, Cameron Murdoch, Mike Lowe, Hugo Lawrence and Joshua Barry were second, just over three minutes back, Lowe running two of the legs.
Leading the Marlborough charge in third place overall and taking out the veteran men's title was the Rose Ag Socialites combination of Billy Hebberd, John Kennedy, Ian Thomas, John Alexander and Chris Booth, their time was 2hr 6min 10sec.
Hebberd gave his team the lead at the end of the first leg to Wedge Point. Kennedy also ran a blinder to lead into the second transition at Momorangi Bay before the two classy Nelson teams gradually pegged the Marlborough team back, the eventual winners taking over the lead near the end of leg three approaching Linkwater.
The Marlborough Girls' College team of Sarah French, Alex Parker, Kristen Meredith, Josiefen Maasdam and Hannah-Louise O'Malley won the junior women's section in 2hr 58min 4sec.
The Tasman Express team of Roger Denton, Peter Hague, Wendy Healy, Sue Mitchell and Ross Mitchell won the walking section in 3hr 41min 10sec and taking out the social team's title was the No Hope team comprising Graeme Sellars, Stuart Hague, Ian Courtenay, John Shaw and Wendy Lloyd, their time 2hr 17min 44sec.
The Waimea team of Marjolene Edwards, Eileen Beattie, Yvonne West, Maren Harford and Lize Coke won the veteran women's title, clocking 2hr 49min.
The race began in fine but cool, windy conditions and by the time the lead runners got to Linkwater, heavy rain had set in which although not ideal for spectators and support crews, certainly did not inhibit the runners.
A good field of 54 teams, 44 running and 10 walkers, enjoyed their day out in an event superbly organised and run by the Marlborough Harrier Club.
A full list of results was not available at the time of going to press but will be posted this week on harriers.net.nz
The Nelson Mail