Athletics club second in virtual race

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Formal races may have been out of the picture but Caversham athletes have still been clocking up the kilometres.

The club finished second in Athletics New Zealand’s virtual 5km series top club competition.

Over three weeks, runners and walkers submitted their three fastest times. Clubs got a point for each run, and the times went towards the fastest club and individual competitions.

Caversham ended with 140 points, 15 behind Lake City Athletic Club, in Rotorua.

Caversham club captain Stu McCormack said the competition was a great way for club members to participate in an event while in lockdown.

Caversham walker Dave McWhinnie finishes a lap.

“It was really successful for our club.

“It pulled us all together and created that really nice community and kept us together psychologically as a group.”

The club has about 200 members members and athletes McCormack was impressed to see most of them take part.

“We got a really high percentage of those people who were prepared to come out and lay down their own 5km time.”

During isolation, people have missed the community and social aspect of their sports and activities, he said.

“We want to get back to all of that.

“And the sooner the better.”