21th Sri Chinmoy 6-12-24 Hour Track Races - AUT Millennium Stadium, Auckland
In mild, sunny conditions Greg Yee (Leith Harriers) Dunedin (188.288 km) and Kim Allen (Papakura Athletic) Tuakau (167.611 km) achieved fine victories in the 21st annual Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Track Races to became the 2018 Athletics New Zealand 24-Hour national champions... held at Auckland's AUT Millennium Stadium last weekend. John Bowman from Athletics New Zealand presented the 24-hour championship medals.
Croydon Paton (Fiordland Athletic) Dunedin (183.649 km) and Aaron Heather (Egmont Athletics) New Plymouth (176.266 km) were 2nd and 3rd in the men's 24-hour, while Joanne Aitken, Wellington (161.600 km) Jade Vanzuita, Wellington (126.363 km) were 2nd and 3rd in the women's 24-hour race.
Rob Robertson (USA) 161.600 km and Joanne Aitkin (161.600) race-walked for the entire 24 hours and, observed by walking judges, became New Zealand Centurion Walkers C25 & C26 respectively (Joanne being just the 2nd Kiwi woman to achieve this landmark ... after Maureen Metcalfe in 2001). Philip Sharpe of the New Zealand Centurion Walkers Club presented the Centurion medals to Rob and Joanne.
Wayne Botha (Takapuna Harriers) Auckland, (116.836 km) comfortably won the Sri Chinmoy 12-Hour Race from Rodrigo Aller, Buenos Aires (ARG) (100.552 km) and Grant Conway Auckland, (91.454 km).
Alice Adiwinata, (YMCA Marathon Club) Auckland (102.777 km) won the women's 12-hour from Niribili File (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Auckland (61.907 km) and Marianna Nagy Schwendtner (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Auckland (54.660 km).
Keith Burrows, Auckland (71.350 km) was a clear winner in the Sri Chinmoy 6-Hour Race ... from Steve Pemberton, Wanaka (68.018 km) and Thomas Watson, Auckland (63.059 km).
Shannon-Leigh Litt, (New Brighton Athletic) Christchurch, (63.143 km) won the women's 6-hour, followed by Amy Weeden, Auckland (58.179 km) and Tracy Benjamin, Auckland (55.517 km).