Fitzgerald comes from behind to win Twilight Mile

Josh Fitzgerald came from 40 metres behind on the final lap to win the mile at Friday’s Twilight Series Meet at Saxton Field Athletics Track.  Fitzgerald passed the front-running Clinton Manderson on the homestretch and won by 30m in a personal best 5:07.97. There were 22 runners in the field,

Tight finishes thrill crowd at Harold Nelson Classic

Two unlikely Academy runners fought it out down the final homestretch of the women’s 1,500 metres to the like of the crowd at Saturday’s Harold Nelson Classic at the Saxton Field Athletics Track. Two weeks ago no one – especially the combatants, Lucy Harman and Charlotte Carpenter - imagined that they

Achilles heel healed, Pickworth soars to victory in Twilight 800m

On Tuesday, Fletcher Pickworth couldn’t run a step.  His sore Achilles tendon sidelined him for several days and jeopardised his hopes of winning a gold medal at next month’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Championships. On Friday, Pickworth was back on the track – the newly surfaced athletic track at Saxton

Nelson runners leave turtles behind at Queen Charlotte Relay

Athletics Nelson had the youngest and fastest runners at Saturday’s New Zealand Road Relay, and they were on the same team. Athletics Nelson Junior Men’s Team with an average of 16 blitzed into the lead, 500m into the second leg of the 35.6km, five-leg relay race from Picton to Havelock and

Olympian Julian Matthews to speak at Annual Academy Function

Julian Matthews, who represented New Zealand in the 1,500m at the 2016 Olympic Games, will be part of discussion group at the Annual National Academy of Distance Running function on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Saxton Sports House Conference Room. The activities start at 7pm and will include nibbles and

Pickworth wins silver medal in Australia

Fletcher Pickworth brought his New Zealand team home in second place in the U20 division at the Australian All Schools State Cross Country Relays Championships in Wollonngong on Monday, August 26. Pickworth placed 22nd in the U20 Men's race at the Australian Cross Cross Country Championships on Aug. 24, covering the

Celebrity ‘nails’ win at Tasman Centre Cross Country Championships

Caleb Pearson was not just a celebrity runner in Saturday’s Tasman Centre Cross Country Championships. He was a celebrity winner. Pearson won’t receive the attention as he did in winning The Block in 2013, but his effort shows how far he has come in running. Pearson didn’t even run in high

Pickworth earns berth to Aussie Crossy Champs

Transforming from track runner to cross country runner in a matter of weeks, Fletcher Pickworth qualified to represent New Zealand in the Australian Cross Country Championships. Pickworth’s 10th place finish at Saturday’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Timaru nailed down the final of the 10 automatic berths for