Scott van Dyke used his local knowledge to good effect on Saturday, winning the senior men's section of the Athletics Taranaki road championships at Hawera.
Van Dyke finished the strongest in the senior men's field to hold off the experienced Karl Dravtizki (Energy City) to finish the 10km race in 34 minutes 35 seconds. There was a 24sec gap back to Dravitzki, with Jason Cressingham (Hawera) a further 13sec behind in third.
Another Hawera runner, Janice McCallum, opted to run in the senior women's section instead of the masters grade. Her decision played off when she won the 10km race in 40min 50sec.
McCallum finished more than four minutes ahead of her closest rival, clubmate Nicola Carver, who also opted to race in the senior women's section instead of the masters grade.
National under-19 cross-country champion Matt Baxter (Egmont Athletics) proved far too strong for his opposition, winning the 8km race by almost six minutes.
Baxter's clubmate, Emily Roughan, was equally impressive in the women's under-19 race, winning over the 5km distance in 18min 30sec.
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