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Tse wins in fastest time in 38 years

Men’s marathon winner Nathan Tse crosses the finish line. PHOTOS/MARK JERLING

ATHLETICS

CHRIS COGDALE
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Wellington Harriers’ Nathan Tse showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition, running away with the Wairarapa country marathon on Sunday in the best time in 38 years.

The 26-year-old stopped the clock in an impressive two hours, 27 minutes and 38 seconds, the fastest time on the Lees-Pakaraka course since 1983. However, it was six minutes shy of the race record of 2:21.20 set by Graeme Mackie in 1978.

Ben Twyman from Wellington Scottish crossed the line in second place in 2:43.16, 15 seconds ahead of Matthew Hallam from Valley Striders UK.

Women’s marathon winner Mel Stevens [766] and runner-up Ingrid Cree.
Mel Stevens [Scottish] pulled away over the final few kilometres to win the women’s marathon in 2:53.20, almost five minutes clear of runner-up Ingrid Cree [Wellington Olympic], with Miranda Spencer [Wellington Harriers] in third place.

Veteran Brian Garmonsway [Trentham United] had more than eight minutes to spare over nearest rival Grant McLean [Scottish] in winning the half-marathon in 1:12.41.

Darius Simpson took home the trophy for the first Athletics and Cycling Masterton [ACM] club member across the finish line in 1:22.08.

Jade Valler was first woman home in 1:23.36, with Victoria Humphries [Wellington Harriers] second in 1:36.37, and Helen Gard’ner the first ACM woman to finish in 1:41.07.

The races doubled as the Wellington marathon and half marathon championships, after the cancellation of the popular Wellington marathon scheduled for last month because of the covid-19 restrictions.

Entries on Sunday were significantly down on previous years, with only 39 runners facing the starting gun for the marathon and 56 lining up in the half-marathon.

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