Athletics

Massive food binges thing of past for biggest loser

Massive food binges thing of past for biggest loser

Arjan Dasselaar has taken himself from ''Operation Walrus'' to ''Operation Marathon'' within two years of tipping the scales at 154kg.

Athletics: Winner battles virus and elements

Athletics: Winner battles virus and elements

A lot of hard work, a lot of running, consistency and staying injury-free were Tony Payne's key ingredients to retaining the Dunedin marathon title in emphatic style yesterday.

Athletics: Champion chasing own goals

Mel Aitken will chase both a rare double and an impressive threepeat when she competes in the Dunedin marathon tomorrow.

Athletics: Payne back to defend home title

Athletics: Payne back to defend home title

Mum's home cooking and loyalty to his home-town support has encouraged Tony Payne to come back to defend the Dunedin Marathon title on Sunday.

Athletics: Running anything but bane of his life

Athletics: Running anything but bane of his life

Running 160km - 11 hours of it at night in temperatures about minus 5degC - does not sound like fun, but Dunedin ultramarathon runner John Bayne (49) says he ''enjoyed himself''.

Athletics: Baan, Andrew secure gold at road nationals

Athletics: Baan, Andrew secure gold at road nationals

Three medals from five athletes proved a good return for Otago representatives at the national road championships in Tauranga on Saturday.

Athletics: Halley digs deep to claim title

Athletics: Halley digs deep to claim title

By her own admission, Melissa Halley (Ariki) almost gave up over the final 100m, but dug deep within herself to bounce back with a telling sprint to claim outright honours in the Port Chalmers to Dunedin road race on Saturday.

Athletics: Walsh set to give turning pro a shot

Athletics: Walsh set to give turning pro a shot

Tom Walsh has made the biggest decision of his fledgling athletics career. He's committed to pursuing shot put in the professional ranks for the next 10-15 years, which will force his employment in the building trade to become sporadic.

Athletics: Race record challenge

Athletics: Race record challenge

Even though 40 years have passed since Alan Moir (63) set the Port Chalmers to Dunedin road race record in 1974, he still keeps an eager eye on it every year.

Athletics: Another podium finish for Walsh

Athletics: Another podium finish for Walsh

Tom Walsh has scored another shot put podium finish overnight, finishing third at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge.

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