Auckland Athletes Perform well at North Island XC Champs
35th North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Thermal Park – 1 July 2023
Former Napier runner William Little now running for the Whippets won the senior 9km in 28:17, heading in Christian De Vaal by three seconds. Ronan Lee was third in 28:46 and last week’s national half marathon champion Michael Voss was fourth in 28:52. Anneke Arlidge runner up, in the 2021 national cross country, won the women’s 5km in 18:25, with the 2021 national champion Kerry White second in 18:44. Niamh de Hora was third in 18:56.
Sally Gibbs set a master women’s 60-64 record of 21:09 for the 5km, breaking Margie Peat’s 2019 record of 22:08. Steve Rees-Jones broke Ross McIntyre’s 2012 masters 45-49 record of 20:25 running 20:17 for the 6km. The Ruthe family had a successful day, led by Ben Ruthe outright winner of the master men 6km in 20:14. Ben’s son Sam set a race record of 9:40 in the under 16 3km, clipping three seconds off Joseph Morgan’s 2019 time, and daughter Daisy won the under 14 girls 3km in 11:32. Elliot Pugh shaved 15 seconds off his own under 18 record from last year in the under 18 5km returning a time of 15:24, and John Skinnon improved on his master 75-79 record by seconds with a run of 32:47.
Senior 9km: William Little (Whippets) 28m 17s 1, Christian De Vaal (Pakuranga) 28m 20s 2, Ronan Lee (Whippets) 28m 46s 3, Michael Voss (Lake City) 28m 52s 4, Jono Jackson (Auckland City Athletics) 29m 11s 5, Jack Paine (Whippets) 29m 20s 6.
Masters 6km: Ben Ruthe (Tauranga) 20m 14s 1, Steve Rees-Jones (Cambridge) 20m 17s 2, Paul Crowhurst (Pakuranga) 21m 7s 3.
U/20 5km: Matt Hill (Tauranga) 15m 47s 1, Az Cabusao (Te Puke) 16m 5s 2, Angus Monro (ACA) 16m 7s 3.
U/18 5km: Elliott Pugh (Tauranga) 15m 24s 1, George Wyllie (Tauranga) 15m 54s 2, Max Wildbore (Napier) 16m 16s 3.
U/16 3km: Sam Ruthe (Tauranga) 9m 40s 1, Samuel Rickerby (ACA) 9m 47s 2, Justin Cunningham (Palmerston North) 9m 57s 3.
U/14 3km: Jacob Williams (Hutt Valley) 10m 17s 1, Mathew Meiklejohn (Trentham) 10m 34s 2, Jack Stirling (Hamilton) 11m 0s 3.
Senior 5km: Anneke Arlidge (North Harbour Bays) 18m 25s 1, Kerry White (Hamilton) 18m 44s 2, Niamh de Hora (NHB) 18m 56s 3, Maia Flint (Victoria University) 19m 6s 4, Holly Manning (NHB) 19m 8s 5, Macey Hilton (ACA) 19m 22s 6.
Masters 5km: Sarah Gardner (Tauranga) 19m 19s 1, Sally Gibbs (Whanganui) 21m 9s 2, Rachel Penney (Pakuranga) 21m 47s 3.
U/20 4km: Boh Ritchie (Hamilton) 14m 21s 1, Sofia Lumbreras (Hastings) 14m 29s 2, Bella Earl (Owairaka) 14m 46s 3.
U/18 4km: Ava Sutherland (Olympic Wgtn) 14m 38s 1, Courtney Fitzgibbon (Feilding) 15m 7s 2, Louise Brabyn (Whanganui) 15m 18s 3.
U/16 3km: Scarlett Robb (ACA) 10m, 57s 1, Eleanor Pugh (Tauranga) 11m 10s 2, Nina Chalmers (ACA) 11m 24s 3.
U/14 3km: Daisy Ruthe (Tauranga) 11m 32s 1, Zoe Hilton (Trentham) 11m 34s 2, Olivia McDowell (Kapiti) 11m 43s 3.