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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)
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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.