2023 Hātea Grand Prix Final
First of all, this blog post is being written from 30,000ft above the Tasman Sea!! What a world we live in! Second of all, I was extremely pleased to see some runners from my home county (country) attend the final this evening and I’m gutted I couldn’t be there to great them myself, thank you to all you wonderful people for welcoming them (based on what I’ve seen from the great photos).
The new structure has paid dividends to those who were deligent and consistent, which has turned out some amazing results. Well done to:
Maria Easterbrook and Kate Easterbrook, the mother and daughter duo taking out their respective categories with 110 points each!! Amazing.
Christine Fraser, who had an epic battle with Jackie Grant throughout the series. This was very interesting to see play out. You ladies are inspirational, well done.
Hayden Bell?!? Where did that come from you stealthy weapon. You caught the Whippet Winder napping and I love it. Great battle guys.
Finally, we welcome the original Strava king of hills, Tim Goodwin to his new age grade… You cleaned up. It’s almost like cheating. Fair play though, hopefully I can be like you one day.
In general though, there have been some truly incredible personal achievements during this series and I’m absolutely staggered at the turn out we have. Thank you and congratulations to all participants!!
Now for a word from our Prez:
Thank you all for coming along and participating we’ve had over 80 people attend the Grand Prix series. To which 4 of you ended up joining the Hātea Run; Alesha, Steve, Shana, & Craig. Welcome to the club.
Thanks to Des at Trek Trail and Fish
You support of the Grand Prix and your willingness to help hasn’t gone unnoticed. We look forward to working closely together with you in the near future. Hātea Run members; you get 10% off at his shop so go see him for your running supplies. Trek, Trail & Fish, 4 Wakelin street, Kamo.
To the helpers
Kay, Hannah, Jim, Colin, Denikas dad, and everyone who helped set up or pack up the course or had a turn on my camera thank you .
Thanks To Scott for getting the results up on the website in a timely manner.
Thanks to Corrine for processing the results which is actually the hardest part of the Grand Prix series.
Lastly thanks to Dennis. Who rose to the challenge of managing this event for the first time. He’s had to deal with flooding 3 weeks ago, a cyclone, and knee surgery. He hasn’t shy’d away from the challenge and hasn’t been afraid to ask for help.
Hātea Run Wednesday night runs resume next week from the Town basin.