Mixed emotions for winner Hunter-Galvan

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 24/06/2013

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Liza Hunter-galvan was disappointed with herself but proud of her daughters after winning the Wellington half marathon title yesterday.

The Texas-based former Olympian finished in 1h 20m 26s - slower than she would have liked as she suffered a hangover from winning the Christchurch marathon three weeks ago.

She'd also had a traumatic week caring for daughters Haleigh and Amber, who competed in the 10km and half marathon respectively.

Haleigh, 16, was in hospital and on a drip for two nights after suffering a severe allergic reaction believed to have been picked up from a bite or the bush while training.

"It was excruciating for her," Hunter-Galvan said.

"Swollen joints, she's black and blue, she was a mess. She had fat lips, it went all over her body. It started on her back and it travelled - it was like an exorcism, it was awful. She suffered the poor thing but she ran the 10k, she's a brave soldier."

Amber, 18, shaved 20 minutes off her personal best to finish in 1h 41m - not bad considering her back story.

She suffered a broken skull and brain injuries after the family vehicle was hit by a truck on a Texas highway six years ago.

Hunter-Galvan was nervous about putting her in the 1h 45m group but she needn't have worried.

"She is so happy and I am so proud of her."

Wellington's Tim Hodge won the men's half marathon in 1h 9m 42s, surging clear of James Richardson once they hit Kilbirnie.

"I've got the fastest PB out of all the guys so I think it would have taken something special on their behalf to beat me," Hodge said.

"It's nice to win after I was second a few years ago."

Hodge's half marathon confidence is high after his sixth placing in Christchurch three weeks ago.

He will run the North Island cross country champs next month then look to defend his national road title at the end of August.

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