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Good turnout for first cross-country

Max Spencer was too slick for his rivals in the first race in the ACM cross-country series. PHOTO/FILE


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Max Spencer showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals in the first race in the ACM Harriers’ cross-country series on Sunday.

Spencer, who has been back from Northeastern University in Boston during the covid-19 lockdown, easily registered the fastest time of 24 minutes, and seven seconds for the 6km course based around the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl.

Flynn Register was second fastest in 25min and Darius Simpson was third in 25.31. These three were well clear of the rest of the field.

Brooke Miller was comfortably the fastest of the juniors taking 21.36 to complete 4km. Jacquelyn Murray was second and Justin Miller was third.

The midget race was a clean sweep for the Duffy family with Lachie first in 10.46 for 2km, Brooke second and Mack in third place.

Lee-Ann Angove was the best of the walkers with a time of 50.17 for 6km ahead of Mark Cooks and Ali Lang.

Despite the dreary cold and drizzly weather, 59 people turned out for the event, the first since the easing of lockdown restrictions to Level 2.

ACM will now return to their regular cross-country series albeit with a shortened programme.

The next event will be on Sunday, June 14, at Elmley Farm, Taueru, with the first ‘wave’ of competitors starting at 10am.

The cross-country series will continue every fortnight until the club championships on July 26.

That will be followed by the GR Series, a new series named after life member Graeme Roberts.

It consists of eight events starting August 16 and culminating with the Rangitumau 16km race on November 29.

The club is confident the Wairarapa country marathon and half-marathon will go ahead in early October.

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