Family makes mark in series

Kath Menpes starts out with daughter Liz in a Southland handicap series junior race on Saturday.

THE first event in the Southland Harrier handicap series turned out to be a Berkers’ benefit.

William (14) won the demanding 7.8km race at Fosbender reserve and bush, with dad, Michael, in second.

But that’s not all.

Harrison (13) won the junior 2.6km race with sisters Jordan and Danika fourth and fifth, all making good use of their handicaps.

Michael’s handicap had him starting behind William and, while able to reel in rest of the field, he missed catching William by less than a minute.

In the junior event, Harrison kept the pressure throughout, holding off a fast-finishing Finn Collard who recorded the fastest time, with Lewis Blay, third on handicap, having the second-best running time.

The handicap series is five races though the winter where national ability runners and social joggers can compete on even terms.

Fastest in the senior race went to world mountain running representative Buddy Small.

Craig Iversen followed up his superb half-marathon in Christchurch three weeks ago, with second fastest and fastest masters runner, just 14 seconds behind Small.

James McLeay, at just 15, showed he is an athlete to watch by finishing with the third fastest time.

Kennedy Taylor (15) was fastest of the women around the three-lap course.