New Zealand’s Canterbury Cross Country showcased some of the regions’ top athletes – Sam Wreford, Callan Moody, Brett Tingay and Daniel Balchin were all strong contenders for the top spot. Sam Wreford, once again, proved his strength over the long distance. With a couple of tactical & aggressive surges, Sam opened up a sustainable lead over the rest of the field and held on to win the event.
Callan Moody, who ended up in second place also had a great run. Callan proved his strength over the longer distance, sending a message to the rest of the country that he’ll be tough competition at Nationals in a few weeks time.
A perfect winters day in Christchurch played host to the 2012 South Island Cross Country Champs. The tough 9km course paid dividends to Sam Wreford from Timaru, who recently won the Christchurch Marathon in 2:17. His form proved too much for the other contenders, Brett Tingay and Nick Rennie, although Nick put up a good fight for the first lap or two. Brett Tingay came home strong to finish the race in second, which obviously indicates his Iron-Man training is paying off.
Take the time to view my video of the Senior Mens race below.