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The Buller Gorge Marathon’s
main record holder will line up
again for the 35th anniversary
race next month.
Nelson College maths teacher
Phil Costley, 47, will join more
than 1000 runners on the half-
marathon start line.
Costley ’s record time for the
men’s open marathon (2.20.31)
has stood since 2007. In 2015 he
set a veteran’s record of 2.28.27 .
His half-marathon men’s open
record of 1.03 .09 has stood
since 2001 and he has held the
half-marathon veteran record of
1.06 .52 since 2014.
Costley was so relaxed he ‘high-
fived’ spectators on Palmerston
Street, Westport, as he coasted to
victory in last year’s race. He was
not after any records — his time
was nine minutes slower than his
fastest. But he finished almost
three minutes clear of second
place getter Adam Jacques, who
was nearly 20 years his junior.
Race organiser Dennis Straker
said Costley was looking for ward
to returning, but claimed he was
getting slower with age.
Costley was the only one of last
year’s winners confirmed so far,
Mr Straker said.
Full marathon winner, Charlie
Sharpe of the United Kingdom,
had not entered.
Mr Straker was unsure whether
women’s winner Lisa Brignull, of
Christchurch, would return and
said he had not seen an entry
so far from West Coast police
commander, Mel Aitken, who
won the women’s half-marathon
Early bird entries closed last
Friday with 192 entries in the
marathon — about the same as
this time last year — and 1016
entries in the half-marathon,
up about 120. There were 384
entries in the half-marathon walk,
up about 50, and 77 relay team
entries, on a par with last year.
Mr Straker said late entries
would be accepted until two days
before the event, on February 11.
The Omoto Racecourse, drowned in
floodwater yesterday, “got off pretty lightly,”
Greymouth Jockey Club president Jill
Club members were this morning clearing
away the debris left after the floodwaters had
Bennington said the only buildings affected
were the stables, administration building and
The grandstand is on higher ground and
“ We will need to waterblast the mud and
slush left behind in the administration
building, which would have had over a metre
of water through it,” she said.
They were lucky it did not flood two
weeks ago when the club was celebrating its
150th race meeting at Omoto, as they would
have had about 70 horses stabled at the
No horses had to be evacuated yesterday as
none were trained at the track.
Committee member Kelvin Keating said
volunteers had moved the tractor, lawnmower
and other equipment to higher ground before
the floodwaters arrived.
They were relieved today to find the track
was clear of logs.
“ Really it is just the debris we have to clear
away — it ’s been worse in other floods,”
Track manager Jim Findlay said he felt
sorry for the contractor Gary Graham, who
had not long finished wrapping the baleage
on the racecourse.
“ He will have his work cut out for him
when he has to retrieve between 250 and 300
bales, some of which have come unwrapped,”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth Jockey Club committee members Kelvin Keating, left, and Jim Findlay sur vey the Omoto Racecourse yesterday,
submerged by floodwaters, with water up to the rafters in the stables. “It ’s hard to think we were racing out here at our January meeting,”
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Today, Greymouth Jockey Club president Jill Bennington and committee member Kelvin Keating clear away debris left after the
The day after
Omoto Racecourse clean-up
Champion returns for 35th marathon
A tv commentator
apologised for how he spoke
about Venus Williams’ play at
the Australian Open, saying he
was describing her aggressive
style as “guerrilla” tactics and not
comparing her to a “gorilla. ”
Former tennis pro Doug
Adler said yesterday that he was
speaking about Williams’ tactics
and strategy and “simply and
inadvertently chose the wrong
word to describe her play.”
Adler was doing play-by-
play commentary on ESPN for
Williams’ second-round match
against Stefanie Voegele, saying
Williams was playing more
aggressively after Voegele missed
After Voegele faulted on a ser ve,
Adler described Venus as moving
in and charging with a “gorilla
effect ” or “guerrilla effect. ”
Because the words gorilla
and guerrilla are pronounced
similarly, it is impossible to say
for certain which word Adler
The remark sparked quick
reaction on Twitter, with some
offended users calling for Adler to
be fired for comparing Williams,
who is African-American, with a
gorilla. — AP
Tv commentator apologises to Venus: I said guerrilla not gorilla
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