Scott van Dyk beats friend to the finish line

Last updated 05:00 11/06/2014
Harrison Whiting
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
FOR ALL AGES: New Plymouth’s Harrison Whiting, 8, heads towards the finish line in the 6km race at the Taranaki Trail Running Series raced through the Lake Mangamahoe forest.

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Hawera long distance runner Scott van Dyk got one over his close mate Robbie Rawles when scoring an emphatic victory in the men's 12km race in the third and final event of the Taranaki Trail Running Series on Sunday.

Van Dyk led from start to finish to win by nearly two minutes from Rawles, in a time of 54 minutes 37 seconds. Brent Simpson was next over the line.

Vanessa Dickie won the women's 12km race in 1hr 9min - 1min 30sec ahead of runner-up Nicola Carver.

Kim Maree-Morewood was third.

Niall Clancey, wearing a superman T-shirt, dominated the 6km for males, winning in 30min 52sec. That was nearly 3min clear of David Jup, with Quentein Maclean third.

Emma Carver had a convincing win in the women's 6km race, clocking 37min 50sec. She was nearly 2min ahead of closest rival Samantha Harris.

Oscar Hedley won the male 2km race and Francis O'Sullivan-Lobb the 2km event for females.

A record total of 264 athletes made their way through the Lake Mangamahoe course.

Event co-ordinator Matt Cleaver labelled the series a big success saying the organisers were rapt with the turnouts this winter and felt the sport was taking off in the region.

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