Presidents Report

Hello members and welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter.

This is certainly one of the busiest times of the year for clubs with the track and field season wrapping up with various competitions including the New Zealand Track and Field champs, Children’s Canterbury Club Champs, Canterbury Secondary School Champs and South Island Secondary School Champs. The Port Hills club was well represented across all disciplines and had a very strong showing in the middle distance events with a lot of the National and Regional titles going to Port Hills members.

Sadly during this time, we had to go through the terrorist attack here in our backyard. This was very hard for a lot of club members who were personally effected either through their proximity to the event or being friends with some of the victims. Not a great time for many of us. As a club, we made a $500 donation to the “Christchurch Our People, Our City Fund” so thank you to all you members who make this possible through your ongoing support of the club through our various fund raisers.

Winter Cross Country, Road and Trail season is now underway. I attended a meeting the other night where various decisions that have been made around the format for the season by Athletics Canterbury were revealed. Some of them have interesting ramifications including the removal of the Under 8 grade for all events.

This means there’s now only an Under 10 grade which is slightly disappointing…also the chip timing system that was used last year is reverting back to the timing chip on the shoe system. The cost of the system for the chips on the race numbers was too expensive so CAA are waiting for the cost of the technology to reduce somewhat before they go back to using these.

It does mean we need to be responsible for our timing chips though so we’ll have to implement a check-out and check-in system for the chips as a club each week. More will be revealed once we get underway. Check the club website for training times and sessions.

Finally, this is the final newsletter for Martin who has helped us through the transition from paper to email to website based newsletters. So we’re on the hunt for a new newsletter editor.

Our new website uses a drag and drop system that means your task should be easier so if you’re interesting in or have experience in WordPress website blogs, please contact me. A big thank you to Martin who has done a great job over the past period.

See you out there.

Club President

Christchurch Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships

This meeting is the seasons highlight for many of our young athletes. It was held at Nga Puna Wai on the 23rd of March in good weather. The preliminaries had been held on the Tuesday where most of our club athletes gained entry to the finals. Thus we have a large number to report on.

In the U14 girls Tilly Harris ran well to gain third in the 100m and was seventh in the 200. She was also a member of the Cashmere High winning 4×100 relay with Esther Pratten who was fourth in the 200 and first in the Triple jump with 10.14m. Esther was also in the 800m where she was second with Grace Howell behind her in sixth and Estelle Lee eighth. In the 1500 Madeline Sharp was first in 5.00.97.

In the U15 girls Gracie Pratten was third in the 100m and first in the 200 and fourth in the long jump. In the 80m hurdles Vivien Guttman was fifth and sixth in the long the 1500 Morgan Flannagan was first in 4.55.36 with Allanah McGuiness third.

In the U16 girls Jaime Van Der Voort was third in the triple jump and eighth in the 100m and ninth in the discus. In the 400 Chloe Hughes was second in 59.43 but went one better in the 800 to win in 2.17.54. Leila Dunlop was another winner in the 3000m in 10.30.91. Jackie Keenan had a busy day with Second in the shot put, First in the Hammer and seventh in the discus.

In the U19 grade Eva Pringle was first in the 800m in 2.17.48 and second in the 1500m behind Liliana Braun who won in 4.47.11. Hannah Bayliss was fifth in the 1500. In the 3000m the club had a clean sweep with Liliana winning in 10.13.61, with Hannah Bayliss second and Lili Ovendale third. In the field Robyn Van Der Voort was sixth in the discus.

The boys were no less successful that the girls. In the U14 Liam ODonnell had a great day with firsts in the 400m and long jump, while Finn Allott was sixth in the 800.

In the U15 1500m Charlie Hazlett was first in 4.19.3 with Samuel Meecham fifth. In the U16 Louie Howell had a great day with first in the 800m in a good time of 1.59.34 and second in the 400m in 51.75. In the 800 Ronan Bigelow was third and Matthew Clarke sixth.

In the 1500 we almost had a trifecta with Henry Allot second in 4.35.16, Matthew Clarke second and Ronan Bigelow fourth. In the 3000m Henry Allot was second for the second time on the day. Ayrton Shadbolt was first in the 2000 steeples and fifth in the 800m , with Thomas Coleman behind him in seventh.In the Para grades Jasper Moss was first in the 100 and 200.

Overall some very good results for the club and the coaches who have worked hard to achieve these results, and a good preliminary for the South Island SS Champs in Nelson

George Edwards

National Track & Field Championships, Nga Puna Wai – 8,9 & 10 March

The National T&F Champs were back in Christchurch after a 9 year break. It was an event with all the bells and whistles, including some good performances from club athletes. The weather, after weeks of sunshine, was not kind. Rain and drizzle on the Friday and Sunday, and the Nga Puna Wai wind on all days. Crowd attendance was great with good attendances on all days, even when admission was not free.

William Stedman had an outstanding Championships with three Para Gold medals. He only had time for two jumps in the long jump but recorded one near PB jump of 5.54 but with an illegal tail wind. His second jump was a legal 5.42.He then had to get to the 400m start where he ran strongly for a wind affected 55.42 time. His 200 was a PB 25.22, but with an illegal tail wind.

Louie Howell also had a good championships, winning hisM18 800m heat then coming in fifth in the final. To show his versatility he ran in the 4×100 relay where they came sixth, but saved his best for last when he anchored the 4×400 relay for the gold medal.

In the W18 3000m club athletes were prominent with Martina Connor coming third in 10.38, followed by Lili Ovendale in sixth and Leila Dunlop seventh.. The trio was also in the 1500m where Lili led Martina and Leila with eleventh, twelth and thirteenth places.

Eva Pringle also had a championship to remember with second in the W20 800m in 2.15.23 and a fourth in the 1500m.

Chloe Hughes gained a sixth placing in the W18 800m and was part of the 4×400 team who placed second.

Liliana Braun ran a PB to come fifth in the W20 5000m and won the steeplechase in 11.49.43.

Ayrton Shadbolt also had a good steeplechase coming third in 10.15.67.

At her first outing at this level Beth Hunter cleared 1.53 in the W18 high jump to come eleventh. She was very close to the next height but unfortunately didn’t quite clear it.

Also in his first outing at this level Jasper Moss did well to win the Para under 17 200 & 400m.

So overall a good championships for club athletes setting them up well for the Christchurch then South Islands Secondary Schools Championships.

George Edwards

Crater Rim Ultra 2019 Update

The Crater Rim Ultra online entries went “LIVE” on the 1st March last month and already we have over 50 signed up for the 52k Ultra (only 55 total ran the 2017 event) and we have had lots of interest, entries and emails for the 30k Bellbird Buster.

Your hard working team have been having meetings with many interested parties for our event set for the weekend of Sat. 12th Oct. and race day Sunday 13th Oct. 2019 – keep this weekend free so you and the family can join in another great weekend for all our Port Hills members whether running,volunteering,or just supporting this weekend.

Your Port Hills Athletic Club is pleased to offer its members a 50% discount on race entry for any of the below races for the Crater Rim Ultra Event 2019 edition.

The 52k Crater Rim Ultra – Minimum age is 18 yrs
The 30k Bellbird Buster – Minimum age is 18 yrs
The 21k Kiwi Challenge – Minimum age is 16 yrs
The 10k Rapaki Rumble – Minimum age is 15 yrs

You must be a current club member with 1 years minimum paid subscription.
Junior members can apply but please note the above age minimums for each event.

Registered members (that is the term we use in our subscription form) will receive the 50% discount on the registered athlete entry fee. Non-registered, social and volunteer members will receive the 50% discount on the registered athlete entry fee but will be charged the full $10 sanction fee.

Please contact me to get your promo discount code so you can register online at our website

Are you up for the challenge?
Run with a friend or fellow club member.
Plenty of time to get in some training, and maybe your last big run before you or the body decides to slow down and run the shorter distances.

Tell all your friends about your clubs event, as word of mouth is still our best advertising, whether to run or to volunteer on race day as we will again need over 100 volunteers/marshals.

Any questions about Crater Rim Ultra 2019 please just email/txt me.

Happy running,

Race Director 2019
Crater Rim Ultra
027 228 0638

Results Roundup

23.03.19 – Points Race 5 – Cross Country (approx 4k) – Hansen Park

1st – 19.05 –  Nick Rutter

2nd – 27.48 – Pete Daly

3rd – 28.20 – Peter King

4th – 28.26 – Hugh Conly

5th – 29.14 – Terry Warren

6th – 29.52 – John Caughley

7th – 31.03 – Mark Russell

8th – 32.39 – Bob Fyfe

9th – 34.57 – Warren Elliott

10th – 35.50 – Glyn Williams

11th – 40.37 – Colleen Donaldson

Nick in the lead – Terry heads the group

1, 2 & 3 .03.19 – New Zealand Masters Track & Field Championships – Timaru

Max Wood M85
60m 1st 11.55; 100m 1st 19.27; 200m 1st 43.27

Jos Galavazi M70
3000m 2nd 19.43.32; 2000m S/C 2nd 14.18.90; 5000m 2nd 33.52.93

Bernie Jago W60
1500m 3rd 6.14.58; 5000m 2nd 21.46.44; 3000m 3rd 13.00.61

Lois Anderson W70
Long Jump 2nd 2.70; Triple Jump 2nd 5.81; Shot 4th 6.55;
Throws Pent 4th 2550 points; 100m 3rd 19.11; 200m 2nd 40.23

Julie Roots W75
Javelin 2nd 9.84; Weight 2nd 7.67; Hammer 2nd 16.63
3000m 1st 20.00.00; 1500m 9.18.83; 800m 4.38.00

Glen Watts W75
Javelin 1st 12.85; Weight 1st 9.41; Discus 1st 16.25;
Shot 1st 6.47; Hammer 1st 23.88; Throws Pent 1st 3334 points

Throwing group – Bernie – Jos, Julie – Lois – Relay team – Louie in 800m – Wednesday group

31.03.2019 – Pete Watts Relay – Nga Puna Wai

Team/Individual Handicap Est Team Time Net Team Time Net Individual Time
Not Coyotes 1.30 1.03.30 1.01.37
Brent Patrick 20.01
Deborah Marshall 17.03
Steve Hamer 15.22
Toni Watts 9.07
Pete’s Pals 0.00 1.05.30 1.08.35
Loris Reed 19.57
Hugh Conly 15.14
Bob Fyfe 22.47
Kevin Knight 10.37
Home Like A Lion 8.00 1.00.00 55.37
Ben McGonigle 19.43
Bernie Jago 14.18
Dave Brostow 15.01
Rick Harlow 6.37
One Fake Tan & Three Naturals 15.00 50.00 55.14
Vanessa Lord 16.13
Chris Arnold 17.23
Len Millward 13.28
Vanessa, Chris & Len 8.10
Sunday Walkers 20.00 45.00 46.36
Ross Warmington 32.38
Faye Fyfe (30.00)
Theresa Woodham (30.10)
Alison Warmington 13.58

(Ross, Faye and Theresa left at the same time to try and condense down time out, so 2nd and 3rd times are not counted in the total team time)

Sunday Walkers – Theresa, Faye, Ross / Alison – Steve to Toni – Bob to Kevin – Rick – Ben

Coming Events


Saturday 13th – from 1pm – Hagley Relays – North Hagley Park Main Gate

Saturday 13th – New Zealand Mountain Running Championships – Wellington

Saturday 20th – 2pm – Club run/walk – Hansen Park

Saturday 27th – from 12.30pm – Lionel Fox Relay –  Woodend Beach Domain


Saturday 4th – 2pm – Club run/walk – Hansen Park

Saturday 4th – Children’s Forest Relay – Bottle Lake Forest

Sunday 5th – New Zealand – 100K Championships – Christchurch