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By Sandy Eggleston
Almost 700 primary and junior high
school students from around Southland
converged on Dipton last week for
the annual Southland Cross Country
Last Tuesday there was snow on the ground
but three days later all was ready for the
big event which was held in cool but clear
weather on Sarah and Chris Stewart’s farm.
Limehills school principal Malcolm Walker
said organisers had tried to design a
course that the runners would enjoy with
hills and swampy areas.
Between 650 and 700 competitors ran
the course with the 10 and 11-year-olds
running 2km and the 12 and 13-year-olds
running 3km, he said.
Southland was divided into 18 sports
zones and as well as competing
individually the runners competed for their
This year we tried to emphasise to the
students they were part of a team that was
relying on them to do their best, Mr Walker
Kids go cross country
Mr Walker was impressed with the
high standard of those competing and
thought all the competitors had a great
He was also delighted with the number
of spectators that turned up to watch.
More than 2500 people were there and
some even flew down from the North
Island, he said.
The cross country was a good way of
identifying athletes who could represent
Southland in the future, Mr Walker said.
Prominent Southland sporting families
the Cowans and the Telfers all started off
representing their schools in the cross
country, he said.
Ben Morris, Eastern (8min 10.19sec) 1, Liam
Turner, Northern 2, Scott McKerchar, Central
Liam Cullen, All Saints (7min 58.72sec)
1, William Wallace, Northern 2, Anthony
O’Connell, Northern 3.
Central 1, Eastern 2, Northern 3
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Winter driving help
With winter posing its annual problems for
motorists, the New Zealand Transport Agency
is reminding people about its website where
they can get the most accurate, up-to-date
information on state highway road conditions.
Highway Info (www.highwayinfo.govt.nz) is a
real-time website listing road conditions, delays,
hazards and closures on the state highway
network. Transport Agency acting national
manager network performance Deryk Whyte
said it was the best source for the most recent
information on highway conditions.
“Highway Info is updated in real time by our
contractors and engineers on the ground, and
it’s automatically refreshed every two minutes,”
Those not near a computer can contact the
Highway Info toll free number, which is 0800 4
HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
Winter in the south brings driving difficulties
including icy road conditions, driving restrictions
and road closures. The NZTA was reminding
motorists to drive to the conditions at all times,
use chains where required, and to be prepared.
Manaen Pohl, Eastern, (10min
40.44sec) 1, Bradley Catto, Eastern 2,
Joseph Kerse, Eastern 3
Eastern 1, Western 2, Northern 3
Sharn Winter, S.B.H .S ., (10min
36.78sec) 1, Bradley Catto, Eastern 2,
Joseph Kerse, Eastern 3
Northern 1, SBHS 2, Central 3
Summer Smith, L.M.V., (8min
52.25sec) 1, Sophie Shaw 2, Tahlia
Holly Smith, Menzies, (8min 40.03sec)
1, Fiona Gray, Central 2, Kendall
Buckingham, Southern 3
Central 1, Northern 2, Southern Zone 3
Meg Adamson, SGHS, (11min 26.52
sec) 1, Alex Bodle, Central 2, Laura
Richter, James Hargest 3
JHJHS 1, Eastern 2, SGHS 3
Holly Pierce, Hargest, (12min 08.10sec)
1, Alana Beer, Northern 2, Teegan
McCabe, Hargest 3
JHJHS, 1 Northern, 2 Central Eastern, 3
Photo: Andrew Pardoe-Burnett
The Northern 10-year-old boys’ team braving the chilly temperatures
before setting off on their race (from left) Cameron McGlinn, Harry
Pardoe-Burnett, Jeremy Ryan, Liam Turner, Josh Bolger, Hamish
PHOTO :The Southland Times (www.southlandtimes.co.nz)
Ten-year-old girls taking off at the Southern primary school and junior high cross country near Dipton last Friday.
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