Challenging farmland run

Last updated 05:00 20/05/2014

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The inaugural Peter Cattley Memorial cross-country race was held over some challenging terrain at Frankley School and Francis Douglas Memorial College farmland in New Plymouth on Saturday.

The races were run on an open handicap system, with athletes heading off at various interval.

The 4km walk was won by Gaylene Anderson from Stratford Runners & Walkers, with the men's fastest time going to Stratford's Albie Jane (25mins 9secs) with Vicky Jones (33mins 22sec) of Egmont Athletics taking the fastest women's time.

The 2km walk for 12 years and under (and 70+ master athletes) was won by Egmont Athletics' Laura Kehely in 16mins 20secs.

The boys and girls' race over 2000m was won by Madeline Dominikovich (St Patrick's Inglewood), with Lachie White (Egmont Athletics) not far behind in second. White was fastest boy in 8mins 17secs with Sasha Reid (Egmont Athletics) the fastest girl in 9mins 46secs.

The women raced over 4000m with Egmont's Sarah Kowalewski taking the title. Fastest time went to clubmate Emily Roughan in 16mins 11secs.

In a fitting gesture, Karen Eliason, widow of the late Peter Cattley, and her daughter Kate Baxter crossed the line together in what was an emotionally charged event for them.

New Plymouth Boys' High School athlete Luke Rabe took out the men's 4000m with Jason Cressingham (Hawera Harriers) running 14min 21secs for fastest time.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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