A speed skater circles the peloton in Timaru’s marathon victory
Grace Worner, left, sprints to a narrow victory over Kyla Beveridge at the end of the Girls Under 15 Half Marathon speed skating race at Levels Raceway.
Dunedin’s Mark McCormack put in an impressive performance to circle the pack in the men’s Southern Endurance Speed Skating Series marathon race at Levels Raceway near Timaru on Sunday.
McCormack’s victims included his father, former World Masters Champion Brett McCormack, who finished second.
McCormack Junior won the 42 kilometer, 18+ lap race in 1 hour, 18 minutes 20.23 seconds. Derek Tan (Invercargill) finished third ahead of Timaru’s Karl Boles de Boer, Darryl Mattingley and a surprise youngster, Brayden Teague, who finished sixth, continuing after winning the Under-15 Half Marathon.
Emily Thompson (Waimate) won the women’s 42km event in 1:29.46, completing her first-ever marathon attempt. She finished second in the New Zealand Under-15 Half Marathon Championship the last time it was held before Covid. Former four-time world rep and master Shannell Wooding and Samantha Clarke finished second and third, respectively.
In the Women’s Under-15 Half Marathon, Grace Worner (Geraldine) won in 45.44 in a close final over Kyla Beveridge, with Lauren Crawford (Cave) third, after those three cleared the rest of the peloton. Georgia Kortright, Ivy Tackney, Claudia Mattingley and Gemma Thornley were next.
Brayden Teague was a convincing winner in the Boys Under 15 in 46.08 and Tom Crawford (Cave) just held off Max Tackney in the sprint for second and third with Doyoon Kim and Emile Phaff next.
In the Novice and Primary 3k races, Oceania Purukamu, Lily Rae and Piper Hogenesch took the top 3 in the girls and Oakley Mattingley, Marius Joubert and Bentley Na were the top three boys.
Results of the 500 meter sprint series:
Men: Daryl Mattingley 1, Karl Boles de Boer 2, Derek Tan 3. Women: Shannell Wooding 1, Emily Thompson 2. Under 15: Georgia Kortright 1, Grace Worner 2, Lauren Crawford 3. Under 15: Brayden Teague 1, Tom Crawford 2, 3/ Doyoon Kim 3. Primary/Novice: Oceania Purukamu 1, Lily Rae 2, Piper Hogenesch 3. Primary/Novice boys: Oakley Mattingley 1, Bentley Na 2, Marius Joubert 3.