There's a place for you at Calliope
Young and old are welcome
Whether you are a serious runner or race walker or just compete for fun, there's a place for you. Perhaps keeping fit is your basic goal - then again, the club will encourage you on that journey.
Calliope is one of the oldest athletics clubs in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It has had an abiding presence in Birkenhead for over 80 Years.
The Club headquarters are found at the Osborne Memorial Park (also known as "Birkenhead War Memorial Park") at the bottom of Mahara Ave across from the Birkenhead Leisure Centre. See the map below.
We meet every Wednesday night at 6:15, with the run or walk beginning at 6:30.
"Calliope is also involved with a community 5 km run and walk based at the Northcote tavern in Queen St, Northcote. This takes place on Monday nights during daylight saving, with the walkers starting at 6.15pm and the runners 15 minutes later. Spot prises are awarded and entry is by way of a gold coin donation, the monies donated to a group for graffiti removal."
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Harry Kerr Relay Sunday July 13th
It would be great if Calliope could enter a team in this years event. There are two divisions, A Grade fully judged and B Grade, judged for contact only (knees may be bent)
If Calliope can't muster up a team, individuals are welcome to enter and compete in composite teams. If people don't want to walk they are more than welcome to come along on the day to support the event.
For more information: Click here.
Click here for a full edited report of the events Mike competed in.
Mike Parker Smashes His New Zealand Record Yet Again.
Parker was in action on Friday evening at the Auckland AAI meeting (the day following ratification of his NZ M60 record for the 3000m walk).
Parker managed to take another sizeable chunk off it (20 seconds) with a new record time 13:38.33. This time gives Parker around 97% on the world standard for his age and event.
This was his third fastest time since his return to competition - his fastest being 13:28.26 in winning last years National Champs. Parker confesses that this time ' "I really had to pull finger" as I had the rapidly improving youngster Jared Free chasing me very hard".
Free, slashed 37 seconds off his PB to once again break his own Auckland Male (Under 18) 3000 m walk record with a time of 13:46 , a mere 8 seconds behind Parker.
For more detailed results: Calliope Capers!
Bev Steward wins Bush Bash run/walk for the Graeme Wells Trophy.
This event was based on competitors nominating an estimated time to run or walk or walk & run through the bush tracks around the War Memorial park. Competitors were not allowed to wear timing devices. Bev was only 10 seconds off her estimated time.
The person closest to their estimated time was declared the winner so everyone literally had an equal opportunity to win the event. As you can see, some of the time differentials were remarkably close to each other. Check the results here!
Worthy of special mention is the gutsy walk/run by our “bionic man” Garth Barfoot. A very short while ago he was hospitalised after a collision with a motor vehicle in Beachhaven. Garth walked most of the course but chose to jog down the final 120 metres and crossed the line to an ovation.
Thanks to our correspondent -Rod Barker (posted 20/03/14)
Club championship programme
Athletics Programme: Click here for more information.
Click here for each weeks results: 30/10/13; 6/11/13; 13/11/13; 20/11/13; 27/11/13; 11/12/13; 18/12/13; 8/01/14; 15/01/14; 22/01/14; 29/01/14; 5/02/14;12/02/14;
19/02/14; 26/02/14; 5/03/14; 12/03/14; 19/03/14; 26/03/14;
Here are The final results of the Bill Taylor Trophy.
Click here for: Gallery of Photos from the 2013-14 track season.
NZ Record by Mike Parker
Parker set a new Zealand record in winning the Auckland Champs senior men's 3000m walk last March 1st, 2014. His time of 13:57.11 was a new NZ Masters record in the 60-64 age group.
Mike Parker wins World Champs 20 km
Here is Mike's report! I finally did it, I won the gold medal. I'm completely over the top happy and so relieved to pull it off. I just feel that a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
When I got up this morning I looked out of my bedroom window and there was a slight drizzle outside. In the taxi going to the race venue, it looked like rain in the air and it was getting chilly, with the wind picking up. These have always been the conditions that I have been able to race really well in, perhaps a legacy from all my years competing in the UK. i had this feeling that the
Mexican wouldnt like the colder weather. I noticed when he was in the call room before the race he was rubbing olive oil all over his legs to ward off the cold.
Even so, I realised my best chance against him was to sit back early on, close but not right with him. At 5 kms he had about 180 metres on me but then i noticed he wasnt looking to comfortable and slowly i started to eat into his lead. i was content to catch him very gradually as i wanted to conserve my own strength as well. I caught him just after halfway at about 11kms, i went past him hard but still conscious that i had to keep my strength intact for the final 5 kms. He is a hell of a fighter, he held on like grim death for another 2 kms, the Mexicans were screaming for him to hang in there. Over the final 6kms i pulled right away from him to win by a really big margin, maybe 4 minutes at the end. He was struggling badly towards the end as one of his hamstrings was tightening up badly over the final few kms. It was the same for me, my right hamstring was killing me from 17 kms on and i was just hoping i was going to get to the finish line. My final 2 k i held back and walked at about 90% effort to make sure i got to the finish line ok. T
he time was very slow, but to be honest i really dont care, the race was at least 1 km over distance and that made it extra hard for everyone. At the end of the day times dont mean anything anyway, its were you finish in the race that counts.
I must say Jose was very good in defeat and gave me a big hug and seemed very pleased for me in my winning moment.
This is a big win for me, its what i set as my target when i started competing again 7 years ago, so im over the moon.
(Posted October, 2013)
Mike Parker reports on his second place in the World Master Champs In Brazil
Jose Luis Lopez Camarera from México beat me again in the 10 kms. It was reasonably close, I would say he was about 50 seconds ahead at the finish although I haven't seen the official results yet. Another Mexican finished third. The Czech who got the bronze in the track race was I think 5th or 6th not sure though.
The conditions were very hot again although not as bad as in the 5000. I made a bit of an impression on Lopez around 6 kms and thought i was going to catch him but he fought back really well and probably pulled away from me over the final 2 kms. He is a very tough and hard and he does not give in, he also races with his head, all in all he is a very tough nut to crack.
The worst thing about today's race was that the course was found to be 478 metres long, once again the organisation was a bit of a let down. The judging I think is over the top hard although I got through without any cards or cautions. If they haven't sorted the distance out by the 26th, we will be walking a 21 kms 20k which will be a killer.
Its once again been a long day here as I stood around to watch the other walking races and have finished up getting a badly sunburnt neck. There must be a good dozen walkers here from Ukraine although i don't think there have been any in my races. It's the Mexicans, Spanish and Columbians who seem to have the most, I would say there must be 40 Mexicans here.
One race to go, 20 kms, i have a feeling its going to be very tough, although we do have a reasonably early start, 7am but even then the heat can be kicking in.
The Mexican who set the pace for the first 5 kms in the 40 year age group today was literally flying, he was airborne, one of the most blatant I've seen, he was srubbed out around 6 kms.
Red Stag Relay -Rotorua
Calliope fielded 7 teams in perhaps the most popular away event in the annual calendar. (Posted September 2013)For detailed results please click here.
Some Calliope athletes at Red Stag
South Africa Distance Running Tour 2013
Albin Bengtsson reports on his South Africa running trip. Click here for his story and some photos.
Mike Parker Interview by Otago Daily Times.
After his second place in the New Zealand Senior mens\'s 10 km Race Walk.
Here is the link.
George Knowles wins X-Country Grand Prix series.
After a long series of consistent x-country races culminating in a victory in the Auckland Cross Country Champs, Knowles pulled of a major coup in winning the Auckland Grand Prix series. With a number of years left in the Under 18 grade, this victory is all the more significant.
The full results of the grand prix series can be upoaded as an excel file.
(Posted 8 Sept, (2013)
Red Stag Relay
The Red Stag Relay is only a week and a half away, September 14th. Calliope will have a number of teams running in this popular event.
(posted September 4, 2013)
Garth Barfoot featured in the National Business Review!
George Knowles takes out under 18 Auckland Title.
Knowles, pictured left, joined an elite group of Calliope athletes in winning an Auckland Cross Country Championships recently. He won the men's U18 title in convincing style by 48 secs finishing around 230 metres ahead of the next competitor. The astonishing thing about Knowles is that he is still only 14 and thus has three more years in this grade. Helen O'Shaughnessy also performed well with a 2nd place in the women's 50 age group.
Profile of George.
Posted August, 2013)
Calliope represented in Orewa 10K
Liz Walls, Gaye Green, Bill Fell and Sally Coveny (with Friend Naira) walked the 10.5k at Orewa yesterday April 21st, 2013.
George Knowles wins Men's under 18 cross Country
Today Knowles won the Youth U18 Men's 5000m at Pukekohe in the HEB Cross Country. GP1 (Grand Prix Series). The U20 and U18 were in the same race. Overall, Knowles came 2nd. Matt Baxter (U20) who won NZ Sec School 3000m title in record time 2012 was 1st. It was a decisive win for Knowles in his age group. He passed the runner who came 3rd about 400m from the finish and pushed on determinedly from there.
Initially Knowles was 8th, then 5th, and moved up from there in a well executed race.
The heavens opened and it poured with rain throughout. Conditions were moderately muddy in true cross country fashion. Knowles has entered the GP series and we will watch his progress with great interest.
(Posted April 20, 2013)
John Rhodes, as the club president, is to give a presentation to the Kaipatiki Board at some stage in the future, to push Calliope's profile. Whilst our clubroom lease has been renewed there is a faint, and it is at this stage faint possibility that the club could in future have the 300 metre track marked out on the lower field (number 2 ground). The presentation is an opportunity to push for a higher profile and the need for a track to be outside the club rooms.
Anyone with thoughts on this presentation, please contact John
Inaugural Bush Bash Event
Wednesday March 20th saw the running of the inaugural Calliope “Bush Bash”. Run over 1 or 2 measured laps (i.e 2.85km or 5.40km) it incorporated part of the track, a small cross country like section and predominately metalled bush tracks. It is an event suitable for joggers, walkers, runners and dog walkers of all ages, however Zimmer frame users will experience considerable difficulty and were advised to go elsewhere! Times were taken. Rod Barker wanted an indication of what distance people intended to cover, to help with the timing. Click here for the results.
Tony Jackson has passed away
It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Tony Jackson's long battle with illness has finally come to an end. Tony has always been a battler and his amazing achievements as an Ironman competitor are testament to this. Further details on Tony's athletic achievements will come out in the days to follow. In the meantime Tony's son Danny has written some words below and we ask that each of you respect the families wishes and direct your words of sympathy and support via Danny.
Hello All: It is with immense sadness that I am sending this email on the request of my mother, Verna. She has asked the family ensure everyone is informed that our dear Tony passed away on Saturday. Tony passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospice with Verna by his side on Saturday afternoon.
He fought an amazing five and a half year battle after initially being given twelve weeks life expectancy in January 2008. We have been very lucky to have had those extra years with the man we have loved and admired and whilst we knew the inevitable would arrive it has been very hard to accept, particularly for our mother.
There will be funeral arrangement notices in the NZ Herald on Tuesday.
Danny (Verna's eldest son)
(Posted, mid 2013)
Auckland Championship Results
Senior Men 800m: Seton Hill 2nd 1.54.72
Senior Men 3000m Walk: Mike Parker 1st 13.59.11
Men Under18 1500m: George Knowles 7th 4.31.56 (George is only 14!)
Men Under 18 3000m: George Knowles 4th 9.34.97
Graeme Wells passes away.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Calliope Life Member Graeme Wells. Graeme passed away on Saturday at 3:30pm following a bout of pneumonia.
Graeme was an active committee member (Treasurer) and an accomplished runner. His distinctive running style will be remembered by many.
May he rest in peace.
(Posted early 2013)
Hill and Knowles shine at centre meeting
At the John Walker Night Of Miles at Pakuranga on Saturday, Seton Hill came second in the junior mile (4:16.33) and at the same meeting George Knowles won the Auckland B14 500m championship (4:36.40).
Parker shines in 35 km race walk champs.
Mike Parker has taken out a decisive 35 km racewalk. Hosted by the Racewalking Auckland club, the recent Racewalking New Zealand 35km Open Championship for 2012 was fiercely contested. Mike Morresey surged to an early lead which he did not surrender until the 16th of 28 laps. Parker and Graeme Jones had bided their time and, over the concluding stages, fought for dominance as each made short, but not decisive breaks. However, finally Parker had too much strength, finishing in 3h 26m 12s, just 11 seconds ahead of Graeme Jones. Mike Morresey finished third in 4h 8m 28s.
Auckland Road Relay Champs
– Sunday 23 September, Pakuranga
Both Calliope teams medaled. Our Junior team got 2nd with Callum Ross
having the fastest 5K time of any of the U20 runners. Our Masters Women scored a gold, unopposed being the only team in their grade. More details with lap times are in the Calliope Capers.
Calliope says goodbye to Jack Ralston
Ralston passed away gently on Sunday August 26th. His impact on young athletes whilst at Calliope and later with other runners and triathletes was immeasurable.
Here is a link to an "obituary" by his brother Bill Ralston.
Well known sports administrator, coach and businessman, Ralston died of a rare blood disease aged 64. In his early days Jack competed for the Auckland Calliope Club with success over cross country and middle distance on the track.
He was manager of the New Zealand teams to the 1985 world cup marathon in
Hiroshima, the Oceania team to the world cup in Canberra in 1985, the 1986 world cross country championships in Switzerland, 1987 world cup marathon in Seoul, Oceania world cup distance squad in Cuba in 1988 and he was coach with the athletic teams
to the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, the 1988 world cross country
championships in Auckland and the New Zealand team to the 1989 Australian
track and field championships.
Jack was an extraordinary coach, coaching in total 332 athletes and triathletes, including Olympic gold medallist , Hamish Carter. He coached athletes to 16 world titles, 166 New
Zealand titles and five New Zealand ironman titles. One of his early successes was Geoff Shaw, an outstanding middle distance and long distance runner.
As sales and marketing manager of Nike in New Zealand he saw the rise of the
brand from a tiny shoe company to a sporting monolith.
(Posted August 28, 2012)
Auckland Teams Event results
Conditions were soft, muddy, windy, overcast and quite hot when racing (in other words - ideal). We had three third placings Callum Ross B16, George Knowles B14 and Steve Fairley M55. Congratulations to them and for all other runners in this teams event.
Knowle's 3rd placing in Boys 14 was particularly meritorious as he moved up quickly in the 2nd lap from 4th to 3rd and at one stage it looked like he could get to 2nd as well; he finished only six seconds back.
As the M16 and M19 grades were run together it was not so easy to see how our guys were going within their own age group, e.g. Callum was 13th overall but in his M16 age-group was 3rd.
Team results are not yet available but according to the Herald our Masters Women got 2nd in the teams although it looked like YMCA were the only other club in that grade fielding a full team of five.
And we had two other good runners not competing so in that sense we are in that grade stronger than nearly all the other clubs.
Complete results in the Calliope Capers.
Click here for photos of the event.
(Posted June 13, 2012)
Auckland Secondary Schools X-Country
Six Calliope athletes competed in the recent Auckland Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs. The highlight was the 3rd placing of George Richardson in the Junior boys event.
Seniors (83 finishers)
William Allen 19th
Fletcher Boswell 37th
Callum Ross 10th
William Richardson 52nd
Ryan Martin 66th
Juniors (154 finishers)
George Richardson 3rd
(Posted June 12, 2012)
Seton Hill 2nd at Pakuranga X-country.
Hill came 2nd in the M19 event. A good run by Jesper Bengtsson saw him place 5 out of 24 in the B12 race. For complete results check the Calliope Capers latest edition.
(Posted May 31, 2012)
Seton Hill and George Knowles shine in Pukekohe Cross Country
Seton Hill taking second in the M19 event
Seton Hill showed good early season form to come steadily through the field to claim 2nd in the M19 event. Hill was gaining on the leader at the end.
Surprise of the day was George Knowles (see photo below) who came 3rd in the B14 event. Knowles, who had no time to warm up, came through the field intelligently and shows great promise for the Pakuranga event in two weeks. Callum Ross and Jesper Bengtsson who ran in races of over 20 runners, both placed 5th in the M16 and B12 events respectively.
There was a great turn out of Calliope athletes for this first Grand prix event of the season, with just about every grade represented.
Photos from the Pukekohe Cross Country
(Posted May 12, 2012)
Don't forget to look at the Calliope Capers page to get more detailed results and important information!
Rotorua Marathon and Half Marathon - Saturday 28 April 2012
Daniel Nicolson 4:47:63
Verna Cook-Jackson 4:56:31
Half Marathon Run
Stephanie Nicolson 2:41:14
Steve Fairley 4:17:50 4th in Category
Sarah Fairley 5:58:31 11th in Category
(posted May 3, 2012)
AUCKLAND MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Calliope athletes competed in five events. Dave McMillan started off by extending the Club Master's record with a 10.39 Shot. Later, he very narrowly missed Ray Orr's Club discus record of 28:33 throwing 28:28.
In the 3K John Dwyer ran 15:20.88 which was a season best for him. Bruce McLean ran an 800m in 3:49.94 followed by a 1500m in 8:00.45 - both just slightly slower than his season's bests.
(posted April 5, 2012)
WHENUAPAI HALF MARATHON
Calliope uniforms were very noticeable at this event. This may have been because it is handy or perhaps the thought of a guaranteed 25th anniversary medal was too big a temptation to resist.
Net Time Overall Place
Nic Alley 1:29:42 19
Steve Fairley 1:35:42 40
Daniel Nicolson 1:44:43 64
Don McPike 1:48:59 78
Sandra Haynes 1:53:48 99
Sarah Fairley 2:17:58 164
Garth Barfoot 2:52:24 191
(Posted April 5, 2012)
Moody takes title at NZ Track Champs
NZ ATHLETIC CHAMPS - Waitakere Trusts stadium last weekend (Mar 23-25). Great stadium, good attendance (entry was free) very well organised; everything pretty much on time, all officials in uniform and excellent informative commentary. Pity about a little wind at times.
Jack Moody won the U20 3000m steeplechase by 2 secs in 10:01.69. In the 1500m U20, an obvious very tired Moody, now running in Calliope uniform, placed 17th in 4:17.85. Congratulations Jack and we wish you good running this year down in Canterbury.
Mike Parker was 2nd in the 3000m walk in 13:52.36 and then 3rd in the 20,000m roadwalk in 1:46.48.
In the 800m U20 Seton Hill qualified for the final in 2:00.85. The final started like some other races fairly slow and most athletes seemingly fancied themselves in a last lap sprint. The first lap was 61 secs with everyone tightly bunched. The third 200 was quicker, and with about 250m to go the field split with some real pace on. As they entered the straight, Hill still had a chance but faded towards the finish being 7th in 2:00.08, three seconds back. This was disappointing as in much faster races this year Hill has done 1:52.51.
(Posted Apr 2, 2012)
The harrier season starts soon. Hope to have the programme soon.
Hill Runs PB in Hamilton 1500
Seton Hill ran a solid 3:56.19 to come third in a 1500m at Porritt stadium today and record a PB some secs below his previous best. This follows a PB of 8:54.7 in a 3000m earlier in the week.
(Posted Feb, 11, 2012)
Moody runs PB in New Zealand 3000 senior track champs.
Althougn only an M19, Jack Moody ran a creditable 8:38.91 in the NZ senior 3000 metres field in Christchurch. Moody knocked almost 5 seconds of his PB in trying, wet and windy conditions. His time bodes well for his entry in the Auckland champs 3000 steeplechase next Saturday where a time of under 9:10 is on the cards for Moody. Such a time could see him qualify for the world youth champs.
(Posted Feb 19, 2012)
Parker competes treble in race walking at Oceania masters.
Mike Parker posted three wins in the games to show his total dominance over in his age group and almost every one in younger age groups. His times were 14:00.73 in the 3000m, and 24:31.08 in the 5000m. However, Parker's standout perfomance was in the 10,000 m walk with a 49:04.00.