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Nicholas McBride, Viv Logie and
Greymouth runner Ben Aynsley took
out second place for the second year in
a row in the Buller Gorge Marathon
on Saturday — even though he had
signed up for the race just four days
Aynsley was beaten in the 33rd
marathon by Nelson’s Phil Costley, who
completed the run in 2hrs 28m 28s,
breaking the veteran men’s record and
beating David Askin’s time of 2.29.15
Forty-four-year-old Costley said after
the race the win was everything he ever
“ I will be 45 years old next year, it’s
now time to slow down and enjoy
marathons,” Costley said.
He now has all four event records in
the open and veteran sections for the
half and full marathon.
“So unless I have a sex change or start
walking I will not be able to achieve
any more Buller Marathon records, but
I will be back,” Costley said.
He has now ticked all the boxes and
holds the Buller Gorge open record,
which he achieved in 2009, in a time of
2:20.31. The half-marathon in 2001 was
achieved in a time of 1:03.09.
Ben Aynsley was hot on Costley’s
heels on Saturday, taking second spot
overall and winning the men’s 20-39yrs
class in a time of 2:37.32.
Aynsley was happy to take second
place for a second year in a row.
“There wasn’t a chance of getting
first, Phil Costley is a legend, he is in
another league,” Aynsley said.
He ran with third place finisher
Granantan Boyle, of Christchurch, for
most of the race.
“ We ran to the 30km point, where
we hit the hills, that ’s when I made the
Aynsley was pleased to break under
the 2hr 40min mark, a time he set
when he finished second last year.
It was especially pleasing given he
was injured last year and did not start
running again until the start of the
“ I had six weeks off, which wasn’t
ideal. I signed up four days before the
race. I was only confident then that I
would finish it without injuring my
Greymouth’s Zoe Kirkman, also in
the full marathon, was third in the
women’s 20-34yrs class and was placed
In the half-marathon, Greymouth’s
Maggi Johnson won the women’s
under-20 race in 1:55.25.
Jack Connors won the men’s under-20
half-marathon in 1:37.05; he was 78th
Rasela Barrow (women 20-34) was
In the men’s 60-69 half-marathon
race Barry Hawker, also of Greymouth,
Full marathon: Phil Costley (Nelson)
1, Ben Aynsley (Greymouth) 2,
Granantan Boyle (Christchurch) 3,
Half-marathon run: Kerry Faass
(Southbridge) 1, Adam Jaques
(Christchurch) 2, Chris D unell
(Christchurch) 3, 1:11:24.
Half-marathon walk: Rozie Robinson
(Christchurch) 1, Michael Thwaites
(Greymouth) 2, Peter Hague (Nelson)
Marathon relay : The Monkeys
(Christchurch) 1, Port Hills Donkeys
(Christchurch) 2, Run Hard 4
(Christchurch) 3, 02:48:15.
Marathon walk: Christine Maxwell
(Tauranga) 1, David Cushing
(Palmerston North) 2, Kathryn Walker
(Nelson) 3, 05:10:06.
O’Donnell was on top of
the world on Saturday
when he won the two-
day men’s individual race
in the 31st Speight’s
Coast to Coast.
Competing in his
first Coast to Coast,
O’Donnell told the
Greymouth Star he was
“rapt” with his win.
After the first day of
racing, to the overnight
stay at Klondyke corner,
he was in third place and
thought he had ruined
his chances of taking the
win when he suffered
bad cramps on the
backside of the run down
“I was four minutes
down after the first day
and thought I had blown
my chances,” O’Donnell
However, day two
dawned well and he
performed well in the
O’Donnell only started
kayaking about four
months ago and he
did “heaps better” in
the kayak leg than he
expected, followed by
a final “awesome” cycle
ride into Christchurch
that saw him overhaul
opening day leader
Nathan Jones to win in
The 32-year-old, who
has a history of cycling
and running, thought
they would be his
strongest disciplines and
he surprised himself in
the newest discipline,
Asked if he thought
while competing that he
would take line honours
in his first Coast to
Coast, O’Donnell said:
“It was my goal right
from when I started
training for the race, to
He said he had always
wanted to compete in
the Coast to Coast:
“It would have been
rude not to, with it
being right on our back
“I’m stoked with my
effort and I’m coming
back to reality today as
a bank manager — it
was nice to pretend for
a couple of days that I
was a full-time multi
sport athlete,” O’Donnell
His next target is the
2016 Coast to Coast
longest day race.
Shrimpton and team-
mate, former Greymouth
Glasgow, won the mixed
two-day teams event.
Seamus Meikle, also
from Greymouth, was
10th in the longest
day and Hokitika
Breeze, making her first
appearance in the Coast
to Coast, was ninth in
the women’s longest
day race. Her brother
Brendon Breeze was
36th in the two-day race.
Also in the two-day
event, Amy Devlin was
fourth in the women’s
open and Moana
man Alec McLeod,
competing in the men’s
open, was 26th.
Further story, p9
Monday, February 16, 2015
Canterbury driver Matthew
Leversedge took out the Property
Brokers New Zealand TQ
Championship title, at Greenstone Park
at the weekend.
The premier event had almost 50
entries from as far away as Auckland,
including the current title holders
Duane Todd, Scott Baker and Jeremy
There were four local entries of
James Thompson, Sean Brown, Atama
Holland and Ryan Coll.
The meeting was run over two days,
with qualifying on Friday.
Three groups of TQs raced three
rounds and the top seven from each
group on accumulated points went
forward to the finals, with three more
from the repercharge.
Thompson and Brown made the cut to
go forward to the finals, both qualifying
fifth in their group.
The first heat of the three-round final
was led by Brown on pole position, but
unfortunately mechanical problems
resulted in him not finishing the race
and put him out of the championship
Thompson finished in 14th place in
the first round and improved the placing
to ninth in the second round and third
in the last round, but he missed a major
placing to finish seventh overall.
Racing was tight and a couple
of crashes put out some of the top
contenders, including Webb and
Hayden Guptill, who were among the
leaders on points going into the last
The final winners were.— Leversedge
62 points 1, Duane Todd 61 points 2,
Danny Keane 59 points 3.
Other supporting class results were. —
Stockcars: Chris Baxter 1, Tony
Stanton 2, Dave Houston Snr 3.
Youth ministocks: Caleb Shearer 1,
Summer Tasker 2, Bryce Tunnicliffe 3.
Modified: Steve Thompson 1, Tyler
Stanton 2, Iain Whyte, Dan Rae 3
Production saloons: Clynt Anderson
1, Shane Olsen and Wayne Stanton 2
Ministocks: Vinny Spafford Parsons 1,
Kurt Browning 2, Michael Knipe 3.
Kevin O’Donnell with the Coast to Coast two day
individual’s winner’s spoils including a paddle valued
at around $700.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth’s Blair Shrimpton and former
Greymouth resident Katherine Glasgow celebrate at
New Brighton beach after winning the mixed team
section of the two-day event.
PICTURES: Charles Bruning
Buller Gorge Marathon entrants under starter’s orders at Hawks Crag on Saturday.
Phil Costley, winner of full marathon, grabs water from the Westport Rotar y
16km drink station. He completed the race in a record-breaking veteran’s time of
Coast to Coast
All the TQ3 racing action.
PICTURES: Michael Knipe
71A Danny Keene, 82GM James Thompson, 2NZ Scott Baker, 1NZ Duanne Todd and eventual title
winner 97C Matthew Leversedge in the last lap of the final race.
Greymouth driver Sean Brown leads on the turn.
BULLER GORGE MARATHON
COAST TO COAST
Cantabrian wins NZ TQ title
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