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  • Captain Neil

From the Captain's Table, September 2019

Hi Everybody. It has been great to see the daylight and weather on the improve. This seems to have helped in the number of members out training, a great sight to see.

TEAM SALLY Movie night fundraiser for New York Marathon – Chartwell Movie Theatre Wednesday 16 October 6.30pm - $15.00 per head with Junior Popcorn. Movie – The Overcomer – Put the word out to friends and family to help fill the theatre. This sounds like a great night. Tickets available from Debbie at the theatre on the night.

Dinner Night October – A reminder that our dinner night this month has been brought forward a week to Thursday 24th. This is to give all members the opportunity to participate in the Pink Run, a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research – more info coming

PERCY LAWN RELAY – Date Sunday 3 November – Hosts HMC Grantham St – 7.15am

For new members we have an annual challenge with local running clubs for a friendly interclub trophy. Teams of 3 or 4 – Walkers will complete 3 km and Runners 5 km. Once the event is over the Hamilton Marathon Clinic will be providing a morning tea.

Kinloch Off Road – Impressive to see a good number of HRR’s in the event. An event that is known as a pretty course and we had so many PB’s even though the day started a bit cool. A stand out for me that weekend was Cathie Blade doing the marathon and then going to the North Shore do a Sunday marathon. Alas due to bad weather the marathon got cancelled so Cathie did the half and some extra, so 33KM for a Sunday run is a great effort. Also a great effort was Steve Rossiter walking the half. From what I hear compared to running, this was a long day on his feet for Steve.

Whangamata Fun Run - A great social community event and great to see HRR there to support it.

Cambridge Half - Great to see a good turn out from the club and a PB for Robyn Slade, well done.

Tauranga Marathon - Anne and Anja both did the marathon and Anja completed yet another PB.

Hamilton Half - Thanks to President Gary Rallying of HRR we had a great turn out. I have also been impressed with HRR training group and also those helping on the day. You have all made a great team.

Sunday Run - Big thanks to Sandra Sharp for putting on the run from Punnet. Not only the did Sandra put the run on, we had options of distances to run and then who knew there were so many little trails and cut through’s to get back to Punnet coffee. Well done I say. Also thanks to Gary for organising other Sunday runs we have had this month.

Congratulations to those who have done the Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge. Also our international runners in the Rarotonga event and last of all Team HRR at the Hamilton Half. You have all done well. May I also thank Team HRR who were helping as marshals and water station and other support roles. This was a big day out for HRR.

Dinner Night October - Thanks to Convenor Ruth and Group 3. This will be another great night - NOTE Dinner night 24th. Also my thanks to Group 2 for the September dinner night, they did so well with the theme of wear a rugby jersey for Rugby World Cup Night.

Deal on Waitetuna Windmill Run - 23 November - HRR can also do a bulk deal on entrance. There is a sheet in the club house and if you can put your name and distance on it, we can do a bulk entry deal.

Team Sally Fundraiser - Sean Fitzpatrick framed rugby jersey - This is a special one-off raffle if you know of anyone wanting a chance to have such an iconic jersey. Uplift $20.00 off them to get a ticket while we still have some left. For those who don’t know this is to help fund Team Sally to the New York Marathon.

Events Up Coming – All the best to Team Sally – Sally Marston and Sam Foster who fly out 30 October for the New York Marathon, Also those doing Ekiden and Taupo Ultra have fun out there.


Date: Sunday 3 November

Venue: HMC club rooms, lower Grantham Street, Hamilton

Time: 7.15 am

Teams: Runners distance 5 Km / Walkers distance 3 Km

The Brief – Interclub Challenge then concludes with results of the day. Trophies awarded then a great morning tea hosted by HMC and fellowship.

History of the Percy Lawn Memorial Relay

In the 1980’s when running was at its height of popularity the 3 local non-harrier type clubs, the Te Awamutu Marathon Clinic, Hamilton Marathon Clinic and Hamilton Road Runners decided to have an annual 3-way relay competition. It was a celebration of being in the company of like-minded people with some friendly rivalry. It has survived as a social competitive Sunday morning in November ever since.

The event is hosted in turn by each club and the format is to have teams of four runners or four walkers. The courses each club chooses are to have a distance of 4-5km for the runners and around 3km for the walkers. The host club supplies morning tea for everyone. Points are scored for each team, the number of points depending on the position the team finishes in. So if there are 15 running teams, for instance, the first team to finish gets 15 points, the second 14 points, and so on down to one point for the last team; likewise for the walking teams.

Initially there was just one trophy which was donated by a Road Runners member, John Jago who owned Jago Jewellers in Frankton. The relay was accordingly called the Jago Cup. In the early 1990’s the Hamilton Marathon Clinic donated a trophy so that the runners and walkers could compete for separate trophies, the Jago Cup for runners and the HMC trophy for walkers.

In 1992 a much loved member of Te Awamutu Marathon Clinic, Percy Lawn, was taking part in the event which was being hosted by the Hamilton Marathon Clinic down by the Grantham Street boat ramp. His club was short of a runner in one team that day so Percy was doing two laps. When he crossed the finish line he collapsed on the ground and everyone thought he was mucking about because he was a bit of a joker like that. Unfortunately we soon realised he wasn’t joking and had suffered a severe heart attack. CPR was tried but to no avail.

Since then the event has been named the Percy Lawn Memorial Relay in honour of a guy who was a ‘good bugger’ and a great club member. The Te Awamutu Marathon Clinic had a trophy made which the hosting club now awards to one of its members each year who they consider demonstrates the sort of club spirit which Percy showed.


Cathie Blade, 3rd IAG Kinloch Marathon 42 Km Run - 6h,19m,00s

Ross Dewstow, Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 2h,39m,28s

Tau Holden, Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 2h,47m,16s

Rod Gill, 2nd IAG Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 2h,57m,42s

Lex Chalmers, 3rd IAG Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 3h,09m,59s

Cath Reimer, 1st IAG Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Walk - 3h,13m,25s

Steve Rossiter, Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 3h,14m,03s

Kevin Hooker, Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Run - 3h,21m,43s

Eileen Odgers, Kinloch Half Marathon 21 Km Walk - 4h,21m,24s

Raewyn Richmond, 2nd IAG Kinloch 10 Km Run - 59m,57s

Noel Richmond, 2nd IAG Kinloch 10 Km 10 Km Run - 1h,03m,44

Cathie Blade, North Shore Half Marathon 33 Km Run (untimed)

Gary Fieldes, PB Whangamata Fun Run 21 Km Run - 1h,58m55s

Annette Hermans, PB Whangamata Fun Run 10 Km Run - 51m,11s

Wayne Reynolds, Whangamata Fun Run 10 Km Walk - 1h,34m,12s

Sarah Jenkins, Whangamata Fun Run 5 Km Run - 27m,40s

Robyn Slade, PB Cambridge Half 21 Km Run - 1h,57m,29s

Tau Holden, Cambridge Half 21 Km Run - 2h,07m,15s

Rod Gill, Cambridge Half 21 Km Run - 2h,26m,24s

Kerin Buttimore, Cambridge Half 21 Km Run - 2h,54m,38s

Heather Flay, Cambridge Half 21 Km Run - 3h,01m,14s

Lee Lawson, Cambridge 10 Km Walk - 1h,12m,08s

Raewyn Richmond, 4th Lady Over the Top Fun Run Waihi School 10 Km Run - 1h,19m

Noel Richmond, Over the Top Fun Run Waihi School 10 Km Run - 1h,26m

Anja Romer, PB Tauranga Marathon 42 Km Run - 3h,55m,30s

Anne Fredricsen, Tauranga Marathon 42 Km Run - 6h,15m,00s

Kevin Hooker, Rarotonga Road Race 10 Km Run - 1h,05m,54s,

Karen Hooker, Rarotonga Road Race 10 Km Run - 1h,21m,54s

Lex Chalmers, Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge - 79 Km Run in 36 Hour

Park Run

Tau Holden - 200th run, Hamilton Lake

Raewyn Richmond - 50th run, Hamilton Lake

Chris Oliver - PB, Hamilton Lake

Val Wilson - PB, Hamilton Lake

Sonja Fantom - PB, Cambridge NZ

Ben Lucas - PB, Northala Fields – West London

Cath Reimer - PB, Riverway Parkrun – Townville

Graeme Hawthorne - PB, Hamilton Lake

Vye Perrone - PB, Hamilton Lake

Annette Hermans - Hobsonville Age Group Record, Hamilton Lake Age Group record

Hamilton Half Marathon

Hamilton Road Runners - Winners of the 2019 Teams Corporate Challenge

Graeme Hawthorne, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 1h,35m,08s

Desiree Dunchuk, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 1h,41m,20s

James Hunt, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 1h,46m,15s

Steve Donnelly, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 1h,46m,35s

Jack Sanders, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 1h,48m,07s

Steve Rossiter, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,02m,05s

Tau Holden, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,02m,54s

Val Wilson, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,03m,10s

Gary Fieldes, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,04m,06s

Sally Maiston, Team Sally Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2hm,04m,55s

Sam Foster, Team Sally Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2hm,04m,55s

John Perrone, 3rd IAG Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,15m,34s

Rebecca Yeoman, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,16m,08s

Chris Oliver, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,22m,18s

Rod Gill, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,28m,53s

Kerin Buttimore, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,32m,40s

Vye Perrone, 1st IAG Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,36m,44s

Corrina Pinkerton, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,38m,24s

Heather Flay, Hamilton Half 21 Km Run - 2h,52m,30s

Neil Crocker, Hamilton Half 21 Km Walk - 2h,50m,08s

Chris Biddulph, Hamilton Half 10 Km Run - 50m,07s

Jill Sklenars, Hamilton Half 10 Km Run - 53m,36s

Holly White, Hamilton Half 10 Km Run - 57m,47s

Kevin Hooker,Hamilton Half, 10 Km Run - 1h,02m,21s

Cath Reimer, Hamilton Half 10 Km Walk - 1h,11m,14s

Shireen Oliver, Hamilton Half 10 Km Run - 1h,14m,45s

Angela Buchanan, Hamilton Half 10 Km Walk - 1h,38m,41s

Andrew McNeill, 1st Home Hamilton Half 5 Km Run - 20m,27s

Mark Gobles, Hamilton Half 5 Km Run - 31m,09s



Graeme Hawthorne - Hamilton Half


12 October Cole Murray – Cape Kidnappers

20 October Omokoroa Coastal Challenge

26 October King Of The Mountain – Kawerau

2 November Taniwha – Waikato River Trail

9 November Tairua Tides & Trail

16 November Xterra – Waihi

23 November Waitetuna Windmill Run

24 November Toi’s Challenge – Whakatane

7 December The Goat & Kid – Tongariro

14 December Karioi Trail Run – Raglan

8 February 2020 Tarawera Ultra

22 February 2020 Coastal Challenge – Auckland

22 February 2020 Ruapehu Express – Ohakune

7 March 2020 Triple Peaks – Havelock North

8 March 2020 Round the Bays – Auckland

14 March 2020 Wharf to Wharf – Waiheke Island

4 April 2020 Waitomo Trail Run

4 April 2020 Xterra - Rotorua

5 May 2020 The Nugget – Waihi

22 June 2020 Double Rainbow – Rotorua


20 October Auckland Marathon

20 October Morrinsville Fun Run

31 October Pink Run – Hamilton Lake

3 November New York Marathon

3 November Percy Lawn Relay – Hosts HMC

3 November Tauranga City to Surf

16 November Queenstown Marathon

17 November Round the Bridges – Hamilton

24 November Toi’s Challenge - Whakatane

9 February Summer Series – Blueberry Fun Run / Walk

23 February Summer Series - Glenview Fun Run / Walk

7 March 2020 Kirikiriroa Marathon / Team Relay

15 March 2020 Waipa Fun Run – Cambridge

21 March 2020 Round the Vines – Martinborough

16 May 2020 Hawkes Bay Marathon

23 May 2020 Noosa Marathon

24 May 2020 Huntly Half Marathon

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