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Mardon Mahana King

Simon Mardon has a penchance for the Classic Hits RunMahana half marathon course.

It’s certainly not flat with the undulations unforgiving but that’s the challenge of the double lap Moutere course and one that has certainly been to Mardon’s liking.

He won both in 2009 and 2010 and on Sunday he made it number three.

But it wasn’t “oneway traffic” as Graeme Taylor looked determined to relegate the younger Nelson College teacher to runner up. Both were battling it together on the first lap but just into their second circuit and it was all over for Taylor. The last year has seen him on the sidelines after suffering plantar fasciitis. Rest and recovery saw him return to good form but this time it’s the other foot.

With Taylor gone Mardon “only” had Kim Hogarth to contend with behind him but had enough of a margin to grab victory by 25 seconds upon reaching the Woollaston Estates finish line. An ever consistent Brian Kemp was more than pleased with his third placing plus dipping under 1 hour 20 minutes again.

Mapua’s Cheryl Young was the women quick out chicking many men with her 1.36.33 for 13th overall. Following her was Tessa Holland ( Christchurch) and Haeleigh Albon.

Two overall records went….both in the 10km run as Paula Canning clocked 40 minutes flat shaving 49 seconds off Britta Martin’s 2010 time while Daniel Busch’s 36.49 exertion erased almost a minute from Trevor Voyce’s best back in 2011.

Alan West and Lyn Smith were the Half walk winners while 10km honours had Bevan Cook and Andrea Campbell.

The Mohana section certainly produced some splendid November facial fur ..none better than Scott Kinzett who won the most applause to sway the judges.

Full provisional results - http://www.nelsonevents.co.nz/content/run-mahana

Photos - www.shuttersport.co.nz