Carson Roars Round Koputaroa

Plenty of Kapiti competitors involved

By Roger Childs

Koputaroa startLast Sunday, Raumati South’s Hamish Carson burnt up the roads north of Levin in the annual Koputaroa half marathon. The National 1500m champion led from the start and finished in a time of 1 hour 9 minutes. Runners from the Kapiti area were well represented in the half marathon field and four Kapiti Joggers and Walkers took part in the one lap quarter marathon.

The two lap course in the picturesque countryside south of the small settlement of Koputaroa is challenging, and includes many short climbs and undulations.

Carson in fine form

Hamish CHamish Carson won the half by over 10 minutes in a new record time for the event.

Earlier in the year Carson narrowly missed selection for the New Zealand team in the Commonwealth Games. He was unlucky to suffer from a virus during part of the crucial qualifying period. Ironically, if he had been an Australian, his best time would have been enough to get him to Glasgow!

Impressive Kapiti performances

Second in the half marathon was Tom Bland, from the Kapiti Running and Tri Club, in 1.19.23. Also representing the club in the field of 50 were

  • Grant Ayson 6th in 1.38.54
  • Dave Chandler 7th in 1.39.59
  • Nicola Ayson 15th in 1,46.10 (4th woman)
  • Roger Childs 23rd in 1.53.05.

Dave’s son Jason was 10th in a personal best of 1.42.05.

In the quarter marathon walk Jim Hammonds was quickest of the Kapiti contingent in 1.23.55. He was followed in by Mary Hadfield: 1.28.03, Ann Benney: 1.28.39 and Pam Childs: 1.33.47.

Conditions for the race were ideal with fine weather and light winds, and temperatures warmed up after a cool start.