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Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10

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Harriers get off to a good start

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Selwyn Mawkes

Te Puke Harriers’ 2021 season is well under way. We have completed eight weeks of the Harrier season. Our numbers are really good with over 20 under-16s and eight adults having a run or walk enjoying the cross-country events. On our first Saturday, the run was at Centennial Park following a course with markers (painted tin lids) to learn the rules of the cross-country courses. Our second run was held near town and the third run hosted by Paul and Rita Bellamy at Clark Road over hills and tracks with Paul leading on the motor bike. We have also run at Alex and Sue Muirs’ at No 4 Rd, running up one of the long valleys away and enjoying the peace and quiet and at Lake Tarawera. Henry By de Ley and his son Sean ferried us all from the wharf to drop off points. I did the big run and it is a wonder I’m still alive. The weather was fantastic and a great day we had. To this point we had had no competition runs, however this was going to change. Whakata¯ne club invited us for a 13km run on Manawahe Rd near Matata. We were way up in the hills and there was the option to race different distances. We all had a go, locals and club members. We were in the mix of things with a notable run by Liv Mclachlan being the fastest female of the day running the long run. The afternoon tea was awesome. The following Saturday, Tauranga Ramblers invited us for a run up the Pa¯pa¯moa Hills. This ended up in a competitive burst to the top and our club dominated with our kids leading to the top. Corin Jack was first up followed by Cooper Hogan and then Jamie Cabusao and first female, Liv. Most recently we competed at the Tauranga Ramblers Open held at the Waipuna cross country course. Te Puke had 19 entries and there were many more clubs from the BOP and Waikato areas. The results were, to say the least, outstanding for a little place like Te Puke. Results from some of our newest members included the under-10 girls Mikayla Wheeldon (sixth), under-10 boys Jonty Abrahams (12th) and younger brother Tom (17th). Under-12 girls Sophie Vomacka (third) and Ruby Delaere (eighth). Under-12 boys Nathan Theron (first), Cooper Hogan (third) and Harry Abrahams (fifth). Under-14 girls Liv Mclachlan (second), Emma Hooker (sixth) and Jules Delaere (10th). Under-14 boys Kayden Theron (second), Liam Harrison (third) and Corin Jack (fourth). Under-16 girls Alex Tilby-adams (sixth) and Alanah Eru (seventh). Under-16 boys Jamie Cabusao (eighth) and Owen Hooker (ninth). Under-18 girls Olivia Tilbyadams (third) and under-18 boys Azrael Cabusao (fifth). Come along and give it a go. You never know, the experience could be something you are looking for. If you have a child that would like to improve their running in crosscountry, and later in the year the track season, we have training available six days per week, generally after school, three days at Pa¯pa¯moa and three days in Te Puke. We are not just about results, emphasis is on fun, selfimprovement and more. Contact Jen 0210393631 for administration or Selwyn 0272518779 for coaching and more of what we have to offer. Or find our Facebook page: Te Puke Harriers.

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