AKL XC GP4 - Long Bay

Wesley had a high quality showing out at the Athletics Auckland Grand Prix 4 XC race held at Long Bay. With a total of 18 mustard singlets roaring around the shortest courses of the series it was certainly a good outing. Operator Adam Gallagher continued his fine form in the 2018 XC series claiming his 4568th win in the MM35 age group. Catrin Dawson showed some fine form in a narrow finish to claim second in the WU18 age group. Grace (sister of Declan, Finn & Conal) Wilson also took a podium spot with 3rd in the WU20 age group. Congrats to our three podium finishers and to all that got out and raced and supported!

Full club results:
GU9
16th Cate Wheeler - 11.57
20th Isabelle Rowbotham - 14.52

Women U18 (2km)
2nd Catrin Dawson - 7.25
6th Jemma Cherguit - 7.34
17th Zaria Ireland - 8.38

Boys U11
10th Joshua Rowbotham - 8.55
24th George Howcroft - 10.13

Boys U13
36th Sam Wheeler - 10.48

Boys U15
15th Pasindu Mudannayaka - 7:44

Women U20 (4km)
3rd Grace Wilson - 18.14

Men U18 (4km)
3rd Sam Heyes - 14.03

Senior Men
13th Aniel Smith - 14.26
16th Jack Robinson - 15.50
19th Sam Robinson - 18.11

MM35
1st Adam Gallagher - 13.53
7th Michael Hale - 15.46

MM45
14th Brett Wallwork 18.02
15th Jonathan Drake 19.33

Photos by Scott Wilson here

 Photo / Scott Wilson

Photo / Scott Wilson

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AKL XC GP3 - Teams Race

There can never be enough cross country events at Barry Curtis park, when the 2018 XC calendar was released, the Mustard contingent delighted in being able to return to the challenging and scenic grounds of Barry Curtis Park. Being the teams event (where each clubs runners places are added together to create a points total) Wesley were out working hard as usual in the Mustard singlet.

BU11 (2km)
27th George Howcroft - 10.07

Senior Men (8km)
10th Jack Robinson - 29.55
13th Aniel Smith - 30.56
19th Sam Robinson - 34.30

MM35 (8km)
1st Adam Gallagher - 29.10
4th Michael Hale - 33.02
7th Tom Shanks - 35.45

MM45 (8km)
13th Jonathan Drake - 40.32

Teams Placings
Senior Men - 4th - 256 Points

AKL XC GP2 - Pakuranga

Many on Strava (join our strava club) call this one the snail XC, for the course looks like a snail (naturally). The Pakuranga Grand Prix XC race attracted some quality talent to Lloyd Elsmore Park. Wesley ran away with some solid results.

U18 Men (6km)
2nd Sam Heys - 22.00

Senior Men (10km)
7th Tom Hunt - 36.00
14th Jack Robinson - 36.54
19th James Spence - 38.12
22nd Sam Robinson - 44.13

MM35 (8km)
1st Adam Gallagher - 29.59
4th Michael Hale - 32.37

MM45
13th Jonathan Drake - 41.32

AKL XC GP1 - Pukekohe

The Auckland cross country season got into full swing on Saturday (12/05/18) with the first of the grand prix cross country series taking place out at Pukekohe. The club had a strong contingent of entries with 9 mustard men toeing the line down south. 

Senior Men (8km)
15th Jack Robinson - 30:22
16th Tom Hunt - 30:34
17th Aniel Smith - 31:13
18th James Spence - 31:15
23rd Sam Robinson - 36:24

MM35 (8km)
3rd Michael Hale - 33:15

MM45 (8km)
2nd Ronald King - 31.24
9th Brett Wallwork - 39.18
11th Jonathan Drake - 43.03

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Waterfront Half & Rotorua Marathon Results

Some of the club members were out testing themselves on the roads recently.

Michael Hale placed second in the Athletics Auckland Half Marathon champs in the MM35 category with a time of 1.21.54. The event was held in conjunction with the Waterfront Half Marathon.

Adam Gallagher took on the Rotorua Marathon in his marathon debut as a born again runner. Clocking a lap of the lake in 2.56.36 for 20th overall. 

Beehive Mile 2018

It was a wet and miserable day out in Cornwall park for the annual running of the Beehive Mile. Taking our hardy club members from one end of the park to the other in what only can be described as a drag race for glory. For the first time in our clubs history a woman has taken the Beehive Mile victory. Young talent, Grace Wilson, claimed crowning glory in the 2018 edition of the race. In a post race interview Wilson noted that she couldn't wait to "get lit" (whatever that means) later at her 18th birthday celebrations. 

Congratulations to all that ran, we look forward to seeing you throughout the rest of the season. 

Results:
1st       Grace Wilson               5.52    Closest to estimated (5.50)
2nd     King Paz                       6.00
3rd      Jonathan Drake            6.20
4th      Joshua Rowbotham      7.12
5th      David Rowbotham       7.13
6th      Sam Wheeler                8.03
7th      Kate Wheeler               8.05
8th      Jonathan Wheeler        8.10
9th      Beth Wheeler              10.09
10th    Charlotte                     10.32
11th    Damian Wheeler         10.33
12th    Isabelle Rowbotham    11.28

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Southland Cenntenial Relays - Results

Hosted out at the new venue of Sacred Heart College, the 2018 edition of the Southland Cenntenial relays featured three Wesley teams in action. A rapid Junior Team, The underrated senior A team and always impressive grammar glamour team. 

The rapid Junior team, consisting of Joshua Rowbotham, Cate Wheeler, Brooklyn Buck, and Isabelle Rowbottom came storming home 1m23s faster than their estimated time. Well done team. 
The underrated senior A team held together impressively (with the assistance of Will Harris doubling up on distance) to close home for 4th. Completing 10 laps of the course in 51.28, 1m.2s faster than their estimated time. The team was Adam Gallagher, Will Harris, Tom Hunt, & Aniel Smith (of world masters games fame).
The affectionately nicknamed "grammar glamour", consisting of runners from Auckland Grammar School, were our third team out on course for the day. Cody Dalton, Wynton Richards, Tama Hoare, Pasindu Mudannayaka, and Sam Heyes ran a strong race to come home in 8th overall in 56.42.

Congrats to all the teams that were out there. 

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