Peninsula Relay honours go to HCU

Caversham Harriers runner Ken Fahey runs around Papanui Inlet in leg five of the Peninsula Relay...
Caversham Harriers runner Ken Fahey runs around Papanui Inlet in leg five of the Peninsula Relay on Saturday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Three teams went below two hours, but none could haul in Hill City-University.

The HCU 1 team claimed victory in the handicapped Peninsula Relay, which started and finished at Portobello Domain on Saturday.

It recorded 2hr 14min 10sec, a rapid fifth leg from Josh Hou proving crucial.

His 19min 25sec was the only leg under 20min on the 5.6km loop from Cape Saunders Rd around Papanui Inlet and Allans Beach. Only two other runners in the 15-team field cracked 22min on the leg.

It allowed him to pass the baton to Steve Bloomfield, who crossed the line first, finishing off a run started by Phil Morris, Cathy Weatherston, Tim Dawbin and Georgy Pakeho.

The Caversham Masters finished in second, while the Leith senior men's 1 team was third.

It also clocked the third-fastest time of 1hr 54min 32sec.

The Caversham senior men secured the fastest time, but were disqualified from a placing as they finished outside the 5% threshold they had nominated for their handicap.

Despite that, Oliver Young, Leon Miyahara, Alex Dodds, Ben Pigou, Ben Rowley and Nathan Shanks charged home in 1hr 45min 20sec.

The Leith Masters Men 35+1 came in second-fastest in 1hr 51min 53sec. They finished sixth in the handicapped placings.

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