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Hayes wins WTA 5km run with dominant display

ATHLETICS

Athletics and Cycling Masterton [ACM] are thrilled with the response to the 2023 Wairarapa Times-Age 5km running
series, which concluded on Sunday with the sixth race in the series.

The races regularly attracted a turnout of more than 100 competitors, although a clash
with Relay for Life meant numbers were down, and 80 runners and walkers competed.

The 5km race was won by Andrew Hayes with a dominant display, in a time of 19 minutes three seconds. Veteran Graeme Butcher was second and Wairarapa-Bush rugby captain James Goodger, who is training for the Rotorua Marathon, was third.

Brooke Miller again ran extremely well to be the
first woman home and sixth overall in 20min 58sec. Sue Bankier was second followed by Michele Clarke.

In the 2km race, Mack Duffy led the field finishing in 11min 52sec, well ahead of Nixon Clarke and Molly Hayes.

    The next club event is
    the start of the 2023 cross-country series on Sunday, April 16 starting at the ACM clubrooms at 10 am.

Rathkeale-Gladstone meeting

TENNIS

Rathkeale and Gladstone will meet in the Wairarapa junior interclub championship finals to be played this afternoon at the Trust House Masterton Tennis Centre.

In total, six teams from clubs and schools around the region will contest playoffs in the season finale.

Wairarapa Tennis changed the format this season to let Year 9 college players to remain in junior interclub because the really strong college players were finding places in senior regional interclub teams, but there was no interclub really working for the junior college teams.

Extending the age limit added depth of talent to the championship, and there are now 18 Year 9 players in the championship grade.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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