O’Rourke Shines in Christchurch Half

WHAC’s Gabrielle O’Rourke recorded her third victory and forth overall at the annual Christchurch Airport Half Marathon. The 47 year old Wellingtonian was one of New Zealand’s top marathoners in the 1990’s when she won the Christchurch half marathon twice (’98, ’99) and the full marathon once (’94). O’Rourke was able to time it to perfection pulling away from last year’s champion, Christchurch’s own Alexandra Williams, towards the end of the race.

Full race report click here

Clendon leads Harriers at Rotorua Marathon (Weekly Round Up)

Rotorua Marathon

Daniel Clendon led home a slew of Wellington Harriers at the 50th Rotorua Marathon held on the 3rd May. The former World Mountain running representative finished a credible 5th place in a time of 2:35.43 and 4th place New Zealander in the NZ Marathon Championships matching his 4th place at last years National Championships held in Wellington. Next home was WHAC’s Paul Hewitson finished a credible 3rd place in the 50-54 age grade in a time of 2:57.12. Gabrielle O’Rourke also dipped under the 3 hour mark finishing in a time of 2:57.43 to win the 45-49 age grade.

Other results were as follows:

James Brent 108th (3:09.11)

Vickie Humphries 124th (3:11.42) 2nd 50-54 Grade

Gordon Clarke 420th 3:38.03

Brian Hayes 421st 3:38.07

David Green 1025th 4:04.11

Rachelle Manning 2753rd 5:35.10

*Apologies for any omissions or errors

IAAF World Race Walking Cup- (Taicang, China)

Quentin Rew finished a creditable 13th in the 50km race walk at the world racing walking cup in a time of 3:50.22. Rew recorded a personal best trimming five seconds of his time in finishing 17th at the World Championships in Moscow last year.

Steve Scott Invite- (Irvine, CA)- 3rd May

Tim Cornish finished 1st in the Men’s 1500m 3:53.96 (1r2)

Brutus Hamilton Invite (Berkeley, CA)- 25th April

Tim Cornish finished 5th in the Men’s 800m 1:53.23 SB (5r2)

Mt Sac Relays (Walnut, CA)- 18th April

Tim Cornish finished 8th in the Men’s 1500m in a Personal Best of 3:51.94 (8r4)

Harriers pick up four titles at Shaw Baton Relays

Wellington Harriers took home four titles at the annual Shaw Baton Relays hosted by Olympic Harriers over the weekend. WHAC claimed victory in both the Under 12 and Under 14 Girls grades, Master Men 50+ and Junior Men. Fantastic conditions greeted athletes with WHAC’s Julian Baker and Kieron McDonald recording the top two fastest times of the day.

Full Results at:


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