20th Sri Chinmoy 6-12-24 Hour Track Races - AUT Millennium Stadium, Auckland
After a long night of persistent wind and rain Dawn Tuffery 34, (Hamilton City Hawks) Hamilton, (202.705 km) and Slavomir Lindvai 46, Mala Ida, Slovakia (193.600 km) emerged to achieve fine victories in the 2017 Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Track Races ... held at Auckland's AUT Millennium Stadium last weekend.
Outright winner, Dawn became the 2017 Athletics New Zealand women's 24-Hour national champion, while men's runner-up Andrew Glennie (Caversham Harrier & Athletic) Dunedin, (184.451 km) became the 2017 Athletics NZ men's champ.
Dawn ran brilliantly for 100-miles (16:43:57) and was on pace to go beyond 220 km ... before slowing down in the adverse conditions. She was challenged by runner-up Susan Marshall 33, (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team/ New Brighton Olympic) Christchurch, (169.273 km) for 6-7 hours ... and then gradually moved ahead.
3rd placed man, Bryan McCorkindale 65, (New Brighton Olympic) Christchurch, (180.443 km) set an outstanding 12-hour world age best performance (M65-69) of 122.752 km enroute (subject to IAU ratification).
Three Netherlands' athletes, Marco Bloements 52 (169.331 km), 3rd placed woman, Gertrude Achterberg 47 (161.600 km), and Arie Kandelaars 53 (161.600 km), race-walked for the entire 24 hours and, observed by walking judges, became New Zealand Centurion Walkers C22, C23 & C24.
Katrin Gottachalk 39, (YMCA Marathon Club) Auckland, (115.200 km) was the outright winner of the Sri Chinmoy 12-Hour Race followed an improving Alice Adiwinata 37, (YMCA Marathon Club) Auckland (102.589 km) and Annie Jerling 45, (Athletics & Cycling Masterson) Masterson (95.114 km).
12-Hour men's winner Wayne Botha 45, (Takapuna Harriers) Auckland, (114.739 km) made a brave attempt to improve his Guinness 100 km world barefoot running record. James Harper 41, Auckland (102.805 km) was second, followed by Don Kerr 60, (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Hamilton, (52.800 km).
Thomas Watson 29, Auckland (66.646 km) was a clear winner in the Sri Chinmoy 6-Hour Race ... from Philip Sprules 51, (North Shore Bays Athletics) Auckland, (61.284 km) and Dean Michie 50, Auckland (60.284 km).
Thuy Truong 26, (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Auckland, (46.771 km) won the women's 6-hour, followed by Nicola McPherson 32, Auckland (43.992 km) and Niribili File 71, (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Auckland, (39.968 km).