The athletes that took part in the Otago 5000m championships last Saturday certainly had a tough challenge. The 5000m is a fairly challenging distance at the best of times, but add to a long distance race the hot conditions and it is little wonder the runners were tired at the end of it.
Ariki runner Aaron Anderson lead from start to finish to win the Otago 5000m title on Saturday, while Bella Bloomfield from Hill City University took out the women’s race.
In warm conditions, Anderson and Leith runner Danny Baillie went to the front right from the start and stayed together until midway through the 12 lap race when Anderson pulled ahead to win with a time of 16:21.05. In the Women’s race Bella Bloomfield comfortably sat in front of Shireen Crumpton throughout the race to win in a time of 18:54.62.
Hill City and Otago runner Samuel Bremer won The Lovelock Mile yesterday afternoon, the feature race of the annual Lovelock Classic athletics meeting in Timaru.
Heading into the final lap, Bremer was well placed in second behind New Brighton runner Daniel Balchin before making a decisive move into the lead at the 300m mark. With a 2 – 3 second lead over the chasing field, Bremer then held on during the last 50 metres to claim victory in the mile.
Sam Bremer’s winning time was 4:10:32, from New Brighton’s Daniel Balchin (4:11.23) and Papanui Toch’s Ben Musson (4:12.75).