2014 Peak Trail Blazer

Local running couple Kristian Day and Ruby Muir were crowned King and Queen of Te Mata Peak at the 5th Annual Peak Trail Blazer this morning, bagging themselves a total of $1000 in combined prize money. 

Peak Trail Blazer_620x413In blustery, dry conditions and a field of 600 competitors, Quarter Acre Wines King of the Peak Kristian Day crossed the finish line in 51:42, beating his 2010 time of 58:35.  While Hawke’s Bay Orthodontics Queen of the Peak Ruby Muir, ran the 12.8km course in a time of 56:06 smashing the previous female course record by over three minutes.   It was Muir’s first year competing in the Peak Trail Blazer.

Both also managed to run themselves in to the prestigious Hall of Flames sub-60 Club, with a record of 22 inductees added this year.  Muir was the only female recipient for 2014.

Quarter Acre Wines King of the Peak Kristian Day said he’d had a “good day”.  “The course was dry and fast.  I struggled a little on the climb up, and got blown around a bit on the way home, but the descent was fast, especially through the rock garden [Webbs Bush].  It’s a great course. ”

Peak Trail Blazer 2014 start

Peak Trail Blazer 2014 start

“I’m stoked with the win,” said Day.   “I’ve been meaning to come back and race for a while now.  $500 is well worth it, but we don’t just roll out of bed and run a race like that, we put in a lot of work and training to get that fast.  It all came together today.”

On the walking trails, husband and wife duo took out both the men and women titles, with Glen Petersen winning in a time of 1:29:37 while Cherie Petersen not far behind him in 1:38:37.

Hastings Boys High School Prefect and Deputy Head Boy, 17 year old Devon Beckman won the trifecta crossing the line in a time of 52:56 to come second over all ($150 prize money), win the Up & Coming Boy category (fastest 5-17 year old on 12.8km Te Mata Peak), as well as running himself into the Hall of Flames for a second year in a row. In 2013 Beckman came sixth overall in a time of 56:42.

Up & Coming Girl went to Napier’s Laura Langley in a time of 1:11:50.  Both winners of this category will get a training Sykpe session with top New Zealand running coach Steve Willis from New Zealand Athletics, and local man Craig McDougall, Flaxmere Boxing Academy.

Third place ($50) in the men’s 12.8km Te Mata Peak trail went to Kane Boulton.  Second place ($150) in the women’s 12.8km Te Mata Peak trail went to Rachael Tolhopf 1:04:00 and third ($50) to Jessica Kane 1:04:35.

On the short course – the 3.5km Tainui Trail – the title of Prince of Tainui went to Havelock North Primary students Hadley McDougall (16:12) and Evie Kennedy (17:51) making it the first time the school had taken out both titles.

Back on the 12.8km Te Mata Peak trail, earning themselves a bottle of wine each and a place on the highly-sort after Hall of Flames sub-60 club leaderboard which hangs at Hawthorne Coffee in Havelock North are:  Kristian Day (51:42), Devon Beckman (52:56), Kane Boulton 54:47, Bradley Christison (55:01), Ross McIntyre (55:09), Brad Donovan (55:45), Ruby Muir (56:06), Steve Charles (56:40), Phil McKay (56:40), Ross Morrison (57:17), Nathan Biggs (57:31), Ron Middleton (58:10), Jeremy Natusch (58:21), Simon Hansen (58:28), Chris Shaw (59:00), Adrien LeClerc (59:05), Jared Jones (59:06), Andy Horne (59:24), Lachlan Cairns (59:28), Andrew Bott (59:33), Mike Fitzgerald (59:44) and James Bell (59:45).

Race Director Jo Throp said organisers were very happy with the day.  “It is such a buzz to see all these people run home – fit and not so fit, young and old, walkers and runners.  We’re blown away each year by the support this event gets.

“And 22 inductees into the Hall of Flames sub-60 club this year, that’s brilliant!  When we started the club, we honestly thought we might have a couple of names up there in total, but as it now stands, we’re going to have to increase the size of the board to accommodate all these crazy runners.  It really has become something people want to achieve and that’s very cool.”

“It’s truly exciting to be a part of it and see the top runners come in.  We have a call in from the top of the Peak so we know when they’ve hit the turn around, we hold our breaths and get ready – it’s usually around 20 minutes after that that they make it back – amazing!”

The brainchild of three Havelock North Primary mums, Rachel Cornwall, Susie Devonshire and Jo Throp, the event aimed to raise funds for the school, raise the school’s profile within the wider community, promote health and wellbeing, and utilize the fantastic natural resources of the Tainui Reserve and Te Mata Peak.

As well as raising funds for Havelock North Primary, the event has donated over $17,000 to the community to date.  For the second year in a row 20% of the funds raised would be donated to the Te Mata Peak Trust.

Peak Trail Blazer gold sponsors are Aesthetic Dental, Quarter Acre Wines, Red Consulting Group, Hawthorne Coffee, Hawke’s Bay Orthodontics, Bramwell Grossman Lawyers, BWR Chartered Accountants and SpecSavers Hastings, along with silver sponsors Good Pixel, MR Labels, Shoe Clinic Napier, ImThere and More FM.  The event is supported by Sport Hawke’s Bay.

Full results will be placed on the website as soon as possible at

For more information please contact:

Jo Throp

021 178 9999 or 06874 7991

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