Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 15. 1969.
Fisher, Cairns run well in junior Dorne Cup — Sport with Ian Stockwell
Fisher, Cairns run well in junior Dorne Cup
Sport with Ian Stockwell
Martin Fisher, a second year BA/LLB student and Eric Cairns a first-year science student ran well to finish third and fourth respectively in the junior section of the Dorne Cup.
The Dorne Cup meeting was held al the Trentham Memorial Park in near perfect conditions with fast times being recorded in both junior and senior grades.
The junior team finished seventh in team placings in their grade. Martin Fisher 3 (13m 22s); Eric Cairns 4 (13m 25s); Peter Simpson 8 (13m 30s); John Anderson 62 (15m 38s) and Peter Harris 109 (17m 38s).
Martin (Che) Fisher's effort was particularly outstanding when one takes into account that he went to a ball in Napier the night before and hitchhiked back to Wellington at 6 a.m. on the day of the race.
There was over 300 competitors in the senior 5-mile race with Bryan Rose recording a fast 25m 28s to win.
First home for Vic was Ian Stockwell, the twentieth Wellington runner to finish, in a time of 27m 51s.
Close behind was Ian Hunt 23 (27m 54s). Third home for Vic was Peter Williams 38 (28m 54s).
With the addition of Peter Konig (51). Murray Pinkham (62). Jim Callaghan (65). Tony Woolhousc (76). Steve Havill (78). Malcolm Griffin (81) and Tim Dravitski Victoria finished fourth in the teams race behind Wellington. Scottish and Hutt Valley.
This was an improvement on last year when Vic finished seventh.
Vic's old rivals Massey finished well down the list in eighth position with their first man home being Bruce Hill in 45th place.
However, it was without the services of Euan Robertson and Steve Kent who were down in Christchurch competing in the Skellerup Steeples.
Otherwise it would undoubtedly have been higher up in the team placings.
The juniors here again achieved the best individual placings.
Peter Simpson showed vastly improved form to beat Eric Cairns in as the first home for Vic.
Peter was placed sixth with a time for the 3 mile course of 18m 36s. Eric was two places further back (18m 58s.).
Both runners should, if they mantain their present form, have a reasonable chance of making the Wellington junior cross country team for the nationals in August.
The senior race was two laps of a 3-mile course around the tracks on Mount Victoria.
This race is recognised as being the most testing on the Harrier calendar in the Wellington Centre.
Some 200 runners started but only 158 managed to finish.
Out of 12 teams competing, the seniors again held their fourth placing in the teams event (the first eight runners home counting).
First home again for Vic was Ian Stockwell (18) with a time of 37m 24s. Next was Peter Konig (33) in 39m 9s, and third Ian Hunt, 40m 35s (49).
The other five runners to count were Tony Woolhouse (50). Murray Pinkham (56), Martin Fisher (57). Bryan Dawkins (58) and Tony Burge (59).
The next race on the club's syllabus is the club championships on Saturday. 12 July, at Paekakariki.
Also run in conjunction with this is the annual competition with Massey for the Paekakariki Cup.
This should prove an interesting contest as Vic will be at full strength and keen to avenge their defeat by Massey earlier on in June at Palmerston North.