SC duo turn in top-class effort

Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
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South Canterbury Roller Skating Club's junior members Guy McDonald and Judah Kelly were in outstanding form at Upper Hutt for the 22nd annual Speed King tour.

McDonald won the junior grade by the biggest margin, taking the 200 time trial on the road, then leading team-mates Finley O'Connor, Mark McCormack and Nick Frame to take out the top four in the 3000m road race, leaving the eight other starters in their wake.

The four also dominated the other events, including the 3000m Kaitoke hillside ascent and descent.

In the girls competition Judah Kelly, Cailee Autridge-Patrick and Cassidy Oldfield took the top 3 placings in hillclimb and 231m time trial.

Earlier, Kelly had won the 200m road time trial with Oldfield third.

Kelly also took the 3000m in a close race with Analiese Le Roy, who finished third.

In the intermediate time trial Emily van der Heyden had to win twice before being awarded gold after the referee deemed that conditions with the wind were not the same for them all.

The re-run saw van der Heyden come out top but team-mate Dahna Penty slipped from second to fourth.

Penty redeemed herself winning the next sprint race, the 231m hill climb, after van de Heyden received a five-second penalty for breaking.

Van der Heyden had earlier lost out in a close contest in the 10,000m road race with Upper Hutt's Stefanie Challis' just pipping her on the finish line.

Indoors the locals dominated on the small 80m Civic Hall circuit.

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