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The 2017 Rosco Contractors Gold
Nuggets Motocross at Waipuna over the
weekend drew 370 competitors, with
racing held in perfect conditions and
spectators treated to spectacular racing
over the two days.
World class rider Josh Coppins showed
was he is one of the best in the business,
taking out the Grey Gold King of the
Nuggets feature and the senior MX 1
Secretary Karlene Bachelor said the
meeting ran like clockwork with no
serious injuries sustained over the intense
weekend of racing.
“The track played its part, we had great
weather and the racing was of a very
high standard,” Bachelor said.
“Having Josh Coppins competing was
the highlight and he was in tremendous
form taking out the feature race of
the meeting, the Grey Gold King of
the Nuggets. He signed tee shirts and
pictures for all the young riders on both
MX 1: Josh Coppins 1, Simon
Landsdaal 2, Jade Thompson 3. MX 2:
Cody Murphy 1, Jamie Voigt 2, Ethan
Bruce 3. MX 3: Jourdon Cross 1, Kieran
Loveridge 2, Sam Smart 3. 12-16yrs
125cc: Grason Veitch 1, Marshall
Phillips 2, Mitchell Stocker 3. 13-16yrs
85cc: Jay Radovonich 1, Ben Wall 2,
Ethan McBreen 3. 14-16yrs 250cc:
Grason Veitch 1, Max Singleton 2, Codi
Lynn 3. 8 -10yrs 85cc: Jack Symon 1,
Davi Jordan 2, Josh Varney 3. Enduro:
Simon Lansdaal 1, Ethan Bruce 2,
Ryan Crawford 3. Women: Kimberley
Murphy 1, Roma Edwards 2, Caitlin
Veterans 35-44yrs: Josh Coppins 1,
Brendan Wilson 2, Bryan Heaphy 3.
Veterans 45 and over: Steve Lange 1,
Dean Baird 2, Ricky Trompetter 3.
Gold Nuggets features
Junior feature invitation: Marshall
Phillips 1, Grason Veitch 2, Mitchell
Stocker 3. Senior feature invitation: Josh
Coppins 1, Simon Lansdaal 2, Ethan
Bruce 3. Junior feature: Grason Veitch
1, Mitchell Stocker 2, Max Singleton 3.
Senior feature: Josh Coppins 1, Cody
Murphy 2, Hayden Wilkinson 3.
Gold Nuggets Minis
4-6yrs 50cc: Nixon Esplin 1, Kase
Shuttleworth 2, William Simpson 3.
6-8yrs MX 50cc: Sean Le Cheminant
1, Lincoln Esplin 2, Luke Schwartz
3. 7 -11yrs trail: Seth Hignett 1, Jenna
Clear water 2, Sam Pickens 3. 7 -8yrs
65cc: Alex Unwin 1, Ben Adlam 2,
Kayden Thompson 3. 9 -11yrs 65cc:
Luke Heaphy 1, Nikk Rangi 2, Cody
Labes 3. Mini feature race 50cc: Sean Le
Cheminant 1, Lincoln Esplin 2, Luke
Schwartz 3. Mini feature 65cc: Luke
Heaphy 1, Cody Labes 2, Ajay Jordan 3.
Whakatane’s Sam Clark, stormed
home in stunning fashion to win
this year’s Kathmandu Coast to
Coast Longest Day, crossing the
line in a time of 11 hours two
The Greymouth High School
team of Ben Williams, George
Rubbo and Blake Robertson went
one better this year to win the
school’s race. Another Greymouth
team of Simon Lawn, Brendan
Coll and Matt Rogatski were third
in the two men’s open race.
In the one-day race Clark backed
up his No 1 seeding and pre-race
comments where he said he would
“see the others in New Brighton,”
with a powerful display in the
kayak and final bike leg to catch
early race leader, Braden Currie,
powering past him on the final
bike leg to cross the finish line
eight minutes ahead of the previous
Clark was one of nine riders
that included most of the pre-race
favourites, including Currie that
broke away on the first 55 cycle
leg. The leaders all split up over the
mountain with Currie building an
11-minute lead over Clark heading
into the short cycle leg that
precedes the kayak.
A renowned paddler, Clark was
able to claw back time on the water,
reducing the gap to four minutes as
he climbed on the bike for the final
70km leg to New Brighton beach.
Pushing a massive gear, Clark
caught Currie, taking the lead with
just under 25km to go.
“I knew he wasn’t that far ahead,”
Clark said. “ I dug deeper than I’ve
ever dug before, passed him and
never looked back except for about
half a dozen times.
“I never stopped fighting. It ’s
not over till it’s over. Never stop
fighting, never, never give up, that ’s
what I did. I’ve never focused so
hard in my life.
“ To be the best you’ve got to
beat the best and I bloody did it.
I can’t even begin to describe just
how happy I am to finally do this.
It ’s been a three-year mission or
vendetta to not just get a victory,
but a real victory against world
A disappointed Currie vowed to
return next year to have that feeling
of success again.
want to be world champion in the
Coast to Coast again, I’ve got to do
the work and focus on it more.”
Christchurch-based Sam Manson
achieved his best Coast to Coast
result, coming home third in 11hrs
Nelson’s Elina Ussher also made
her winning move on the final
bike leg after being passed by
South Africa’s Robyn O wen on
the 67km kayak leg, winning her
fourth women’s longest day world
“I ran my own race today and
wasn’t really worried about the
other girls. I managed to do the
race with no cramp this year so
that was awesome. I knew Robyn
(Owen) was an amazing kayaker
and she came past me quite early
on and I was thinking ‘oh no she’s
going to put 20 minutes on me’,
she’s really amazing, she’s just a
machine, so I was surprised I was
only five minutes behind heading
onto the final bike.”
Ussher quickly went to work
on the bike to reel in the South
African Coast to Coast first timer,
passing Owen by the halfway point
to come home in 13hrs 11mins,
17 minutes ahead of Owen. Third
in the women’s one day event was
Hannah Wells, who came home 21
minutes after Owen.
“It was a really long day today
and a tough final bike leg so I’m
really happy to win again,” Ussher
In the two-day event, 16-year-
old Cameron Jones from Nelson
showed he will be a multisport
name to watch for the future,
winning men’s individual event in
emphatic style, crossing the finish
line more than half an hour in
front of Oliver Thompson who was
second. He is the youngest person
to win a Coast to Coast individual
Kathryn Buckenburg won the
women’s two-day individual
event, producing a strong kayak to
overtake day-one leader Shannon
Edgar, winning in 14hrs 10mins.
The two-person team’s event was
won by Team Moa Hunters in a
time of 12hrs 44mins, while Team
Visionstream Dream Team won
the three-person teams event in a
time of 11hrs 54mins. â€̈
One-day individual men: Sam
Clark 11.02.43, 1, Braden Currie
11.10 .20, 2, Sam Manson 11.37.53
3. One-day individual women:
Elina Ussher 13.11 .39, 1, Robyn
Owen 13.29.21, 2, Hannah Wells
13.50.35, 3. Two-day individual
men: Cameron Jones 12.19 .05,
1, Oliver Thompson 12.56.07, 2,
Hamish Elliott 12.58.09 3. Two-
day individual women: Kathryn
Bunckenburg 14.10 .58, 1, Shannon
Edgar 14.23.14, 2, Katie Smith
Monday, February 13, 2017
Richmond runner Phil Costley
and Greymouth-based police area
commander Mel Aitken won back-
to-back titles in the Buller Gorge
half-marathon race on Saturday.
Race director Denis Straker said
everything had gone “extremely well”.
“The weather was certainly one out
of the box. What we had and what was
forecast were two totally different things
we were very lucky in that respect,”
In the women’s full marathon, Hannah
Oldroyd, from Christchurch, took line
honours just four seconds short of the
race record in the 33-year history of the
North Islander William James
O’Connor was first overall in the
marathon in 2hrs 43mins 52secs, and
Tokoroa runner Adrian Lysaght second.
In the half-marathon, Costley won
in 1:13.50 from Christchurch runner
Adam Jaques, with Stephen Blackwell
from Methven third.
Aitken was the first woman home
in the women’s 35-44yrs section and
was fourth overall in 1:19.52, beating
top contender Paula Canning, from
Overall results. —-
Costley (Richmond) 1, Adam Jaques
(Christchurch) 2, Stephen Blackwell
(Methven) 3. Women: Mel Aitken
1 (Greymouth), Paula Canning
Full marathon. —
James O’Connor (Havelock North) 1,
Adrian Lysaght (Tokoroa) 2, Danny
Carmine (Christchurch) 3. Women:
Hannah Oldroyd (Christchurch) 1,
Emma Roche (Burnham) 2, Margreet
Petheram (Nelson) 3.
Marathon walk. —
Kathryn Cocker (Richmond) 1.
Pringle (Australia) 1, Rozie Robinson
(Christchurch) 2, David Leahy
Hand cycle: Ian Walker (Leeston) 1.
Marathon relay. —
Hopefuls (Blenheim) 1, Port Hills Club
Men’s Team One 2, Port Hills Club
Men’s Team Two 3.
Photo special p 6-7.
PICTURE: Charles Bruning
The start line of the full Buller Gorge Marathon at Hawks Crag on Saturday morning.
COAST TO COAST
team outgunned the visitors to
convincingly win the 103rd West
Coast Men’s Open Fours at the
Karoro green yesterday.
Skipped by the young Ethan
Kelleher, the team of Gus Connor
(substituting for Dan Kelleher),
Kelleher won over the Havelock-
Blenheim combination of Dick
Jones (skip), Ross Grenfell, Mike
Sextus and Mark Grenfell.
Kelleher’s team led 11-6 after
eight ends and continued to score
They led 16-8 after 12 ends and
when the game was called off after
14 ends, the Greymouth men were
well clear with 17-9 .
The semi-finalists were teams
skipped by Shane Pascoe, who
was defeated by Jones and Jarrad
Forsyth, who went down to
The plate final was taken out by a
of Bruce McNish (skip), Jayden
Menzies, Peter Sinnott and Brian
Calvert, who dominated the all-
Blaketown team of John Lynch,
Mike D unn, Bill Gage and Jordan
After six ends the score was
7-7, however McNeish then forged
ahead to a final score of 13-8 .
The consolation event was won
easily by the Riccarton Racecourse-
Geraldine combination of David
Vincent (skip), Ron Gibbons,
Barry Taylor and Paul Knutsford,
over a Hinds team skipped by
Bill Clarke with Mike Grice, Jock
Moore and Allan Johnson.
The final score was 11-2.
The 71st Women’s Open Fours
Hokitika, Cobden and Karoro
Clark storms home to retain
Longest Day title
WEST COAST OPEN FOUR BOWLS
Kellehers outgun visitors to win West Coast Men’s Open Fours
Winning Greymouth High School team members Blake Robertson, left, George Rubbo and Ben Williams.
Ecstatic Sam Clark celebrates winning the Longest Day at the New
BULLER GORGE MARATHON
PICTURE: Trevor Johns
A competitor flies high over one of
the jumps during a Gold Nuggets race
GOLD NUGGETS MOTOCROSS
Conditions perfect for
Gold Nuggets motocross
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