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Massive mid-winter marathon back for 2018 By Glenise Dreaver

Both races will finish at the Mount Victoria lookout. Gareth says the fastest time recorded in the event’s almost three year history is Sam McCutcheon’s 5hr 16m for the 62km event, with most competitors averaging 8-10 hours, “The longest time is 11 hours 56,” he says. The race will be run in all weather. “Only if I am advised not to let the race go ahead because of extreme weather conditions will I cancel the event.” He advocates plenty of hill training and reminds would-be competitors that they are going to be on their feet for long periods of time. Race registration will be held at CQ Hotel on Cuba Street, Wellington on Friday July 13. “These are compulsory and competitors must be at one or the other,” he says. Saturday July 14 is race day, with the 62km Ultra runners/Relay Teams starting at 6.30am. Competitors have to be on the bus outside CQ at 5.30am - “sharp”, says Gareth. The 43km Marathon runners start an hour later at 7.30am and their bus leaves CQ at 6.30am. Sunday July 15 is set aside for the prize giving.

Earlybird entries are open for the Wellington Urban Ultra 2K (WUU2K) endurance event, a 43km mid-winter marathon, 62km Ultra, and Team relay run. It starts from Woodmancote Road in Khandallah and runs to Mt Kaukau then continues over many of Wellington’s highest peaks, scenic views, and tricky terrain. The ‘2K’ stands for the 2km of elevation (distance of ascent) over the 43km race, which is closer to 3km for the 62km option. Race director and creator Gareth Thomas has 130 entries already with a limit of 300. “There’s always a big rush just before the early bird entry cut off date,” he says. He says that after Kaukau, runners move along the Skyline towards Makara Road, then take in the Makara Mountain Bike Park, up to Wrights Hill, and past Zealandia to the wind turbine. They move along the top to Red Rocks with Marathon runners heading down the Tip Track. Ultra-runners must run an up-and-back of this trail after the Owhiro Bay leg.

Wellington colleges dominate handball champs Six of the seven competing schools at the national handball championships earlier this month were from the capital. Christchurch’s Cashmere High School threatened to spoil Wellington’s monopoly on the boys’ trophy though when they thrashed Scots College 41-20 to qualify for the final. However a flurry of goals at the beginning of the second-half was good enough for St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie to claim honours

Poneke beat Johnsonville 25-15 Oriental Rongotai beat Wellington FC 47-19 Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 32-17

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Oriental Rongotai beat Wellington FC 39-18 Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 20-12 Poneke beat Johnsonville 67-12

• Women (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) Oriental Rongotai beat Petone 51-19 Northern United beat OBU 53-31 Marist St Pats beat HOB Marist 35-19 Poneke BYE

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy)

HOB Marist beat Oriental Rongotai 31-20 Marist St Pats beat OBU Green 17-10

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

Poneke beat OBU Black 31-15 Johnsonville beat Wellington FC 63-0 • First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup)

Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 31-17 Poneke BYE

• 85kg Restricted

Johnsonville beat Marist St Pats 41-19 Paraparaumu beat Wellington FC by default

• Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy)

Poneke Ruffnuts beat Johnsonville 39-19 Western Suburbs beat OBU 69ers 31-7 Upper Hutt Pirates beat OBU Pink Ginners 46-5 Upper Hutt J8’s beat OBU Teddy Bears 26-14 Marist St Pats beat Paremata-Plimmerton 49-29

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: • Central League

• Women’s W League

• Capital Premier

• Women’s Premier

Wellington Olympic beat Miramar Rangers 3-1 Wairarapa United beat Wellington United 3-2 Island Bay United beat Western Suburbs 4-2

• Capital One

Brooklyn Northern United beat Petone 5-3

• Capital Two

Marist drew with Waikanae AFC 2-2 Seatoun AFC beat Victoria University 7-1

LEFT: The Wellington Urban Ultra 2K route, which covers 62km.

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

ABOVE: Gareth Thomas, left, with race co-designer Stu Milne of Hataitai, right. PHOTO: Supplied

24-20. St Patrick’s Dangah-Lee Chong Nee finished as the leading scorer in the boys’ tournament and snared five in the final. In the girls’ event Wellington East Girls’ College defeated St Mary’s College 16-11 in the final. Tamara Baker from WEGC was the leading goal scorer with 21. Her teammate Georgia Bell collected 12 and Paris Tuimasseve-Fox from St Mary’s bagged nine.

Wairarapa United beat Seatoun AFC 4-1 Wellington United beat Palmerston North Marist 3-0 Victoria University beat Brooklyn Northern United 2-1 Waterside Karori beat Island Bay United 5-1

• Women’s Three Marist Bye

with Jacob Page

These Warriors are for real As the Warriors bandwagon gains more and more fans, some “diehard” fans aren’t overly impressed. The historically under-performing Kiwi NRL franchise have won six of their seven games to start the 2018 campaign. The results have seen many people who had turned their backs on the franchise during multiple years of misery, return to waving the Warriors flag. The franchise has often been an easy social media target during down years due to their perceived abundance of quality players but lack of substance on the field in past seasons. While seven games of a 24-game regular season is a relatively small sample size, the 20-12 win over previously undefeated St George-Illawarra Dragons shows this team is for real. People love a winning team, that’s only natural. Fans who stayed loyal should be commended for that but those who said enough should also receive some credit for demanding change and

saying “no more”. Change can only be created by not accepting years of poor performance. The win over the Dragons was most un-Warrior like. Stephen Kearney’s men had unwavering defence, the ability to win the crucial moments of the game and respond by scoring points late in the second half. These Warriors are for real, no longer the unfit, under-performing, enigmatic rabble that made them almost impossible to support. The Warriors may not win the competition but rest assured the Aussie pundits claiming they would get the wooden spoon should start eating their humble pie now. This team will make the playoffs and should be in the top four when the playoffs begin. The Warriors should welcome every past, present and future fan into the fold. They have always been one of the most well-followed teams in the competition and this is the year they should repay the faith many have held since the club’s debut in 1995.

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