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Tauranga local claims Half Marathon title

Monday, April 10, 2017

Photo: Andrew Warner.

Tauranga's Craig Kirkwood is rightly regarded as one of the foremost athletic coaches in New Zealand. But he proved he is far from finished as a competitive runner by winning the 12th Tauranga Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

Kirkwood was never troubled throughout the 21km race held in glorious conditions, finishing in a time of 1h 14m 20s with one of his athletes in course record-holder Kyle MacDonald second (1:15:58) and Lance Brew third home (1:17:09).

The victory was a pleasing result for Kirkwood who is coming to the end of a challenge he set himself of running every day for 1000 consecutive days.

Tauranga Half Marathon was day 830 and it was a simple race plan that worked for him.

"I just wanted to get away from Kyle as quickly as possible and just run at my own tempo really. I ran quite hard for the first 5k and then just settled in and I just cruised from there," Kirkwood said.

"The World Masters Games is in two weeks so I am having a crack at that half marathon and will see what the old boys can do."

Kirkwood rates the Tauranga Half Marathon as one of his favourite events.

"It is just a fantastic race. It is our backyard so I just love running on that terrain into Memorial Park and do a loop in there and back to Fergusson Park. It is just beautiful all the way."

"It is just a fantastic race. It is our backyard so I just love running on that terrain into Memorial Park and do a loop in there and back to Fergusson Park. It is just beautiful all the way."

Click here to read more from the BOP Times.

Click here to view the results of the Tauranga Half Marathon.

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