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2012 Wild Turkey Race Report

While I was engrossed in the Loop the Lake on Saturday morining, the southern Waitakere’s and Shaun Collins were hosting the 10th and final Wild Turkey. I managed to catch up with both Shaun and one of the Wild Turkeys biggest supporters, fresh (ish) off his 35-40 age group ANZ Mtn Running title just a week earlier- Chris Morrissey.

From Shaun- “Was a great event, but I would say that. Had 150 turn up for the final Wild turkey on a stunning day in the southern Waitakere ranges. Maybe a but too stunning although fast time were expected due to nice dry tracks the heat seemed to have taken its toll with most records remaining unbroken. 
Predictably Chris Morrisey cleaned up the 21km event in 1hr 55 which was a bit slower than some of his previous times and Sjors Corpraals record of 1hr 45. chris has done 8 of the 10 events. Second a full 13mins back was Anthony rodger and a minute later Andre mowlen. First woman who is apparently a NZ rep triathlete junior Mikayla Nielsen in 2.21. Next was another junior hannah lynch in 2.31 and then open woman oriaith heron in 2.48. The 21km women’s record set last year by Ruby Muir stands at 2.05 forever. 
In the 15km Steven opie won his first trail run in 1.41. Second was John clarken in 1.44 and third was junior John Knowles in 1.44. These times were a bit down on the fastest previous 15km record of 1.25 held by veteran Bruce Duncan. 
In the 15km ladies Jane wheatear won in 2.01, lee Riley 2.06 and Allison knowles in 2.11. The prize went to lee though as Jane didn’t have any of the compulsory gear required. The woman’s record for the 15km stands forever at 1.42 set by Melissa cosgrove in 2010.”

Chris has raced 8 out of 10 Wild Turkey races (he only missed last years race because of car trouble). Here is his breif recap of teh day-“I was still tossing up if I would run as I went to work on Friday due to a cold that is setting in. But I’m a glutton for punishment. After some throat lollies for breakfast, a quick scan of the entry list and a 40min warm up to try and sort things out, we were off. With two other off road halves on within a two hour radius of Auckland all the usual suspects were away. In my current state the plan was just to sit and see how my health panned out. The plan went out the window when Shaun volunteered me to lead the pack on the small loop around the camp ground before heading into the single track after 200m. After 5 min of running I couldn’t see anyone behind me and that was that. Didn’t feel much like racing anyway. Conditions were perfect. My time was slower than my best by out 3 min. Felt good while running but my cold soon returned in time for the long drive home.”

Thanks Shaun and Chris- and we will see you this time next year in the Waitakere’s- bigger and better!!


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