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NYC Marathon 'easy going'
Hemmed in: Christine Voelkerling looking delighted after completing the New
York Marathon. She ran with a serious crowd and it wasn't until the last 10 miles
she could move as the group was packed. She had to concentrate not to trip
anyone up as the field was so big it would have been disastrous if anyone had
Great atmosphere: Emma Voelkerling said the atmosphere was great; the
people she was running with were very social and she enjoyed running with
By TERRY KARATAU
Competing in the recent 42.2 km
New York City Marathon at the end
of last year were 260 runners from
New Zealand joining the 47,438
participants in epic race.
Sounds mind boggling? It was.
Amongst them all were two
women wearing T-shirts reading
''Hunterville Huntaway Capital of
the World''. Christine and daughter
Emma Voelkerling were the T-shirt
wearers and runner and were rapt
with completing the event.
The marathon begins on Staten
Island and starts in six sections
because of the huge number of
Mrs Voelkerling said to get each
section away the American national
anthem was played then a huge
cannon boomed, the song New York,
New York was played and people
shuffled over the start line.
''It was like a stampede,'' she said.
''The atmosphere was truly
amazing, and yes, there were tears.
''Two million people lined the
course which wound through five
boroughs, on mostly flat terrain, to
finish in the beautiful Central Park
''With our training at home it pre-
pared us extremely well.
''To be honest we found it easy
going,'' Mrs Voelkerling said.
Christine Voelkerling did the
course in 3 hours 37 minutes and 21
seconds, placing her 112th in her
age group and an overall placing of
Emma's time was 4 hours 45
minutes and 49 seconds, placing her
381st in her age group and 31,528th
Five mother and daughter
combinations from New Zealand
Role models: Taihape Area School head
girl Jessie Ann Sincock and head boy
Sean Sumich are both looking forward to
working with TAS students this year.
By TERRY KARATAU
model and a person that people
know they can come to
Sean Sumich, Head Boy
Taihape Area School head girl Jessie
Ann Sincock left Taihape at Year 5
when her father was transferred to
Burnham Camp but returned at Year 9
following his posting back to Waiouru.
Netball has always been at the top of
her list of achievements, culminating
with a position in the New Zealand
Area School's team last year.
At last year's school prizegiving she
was awarded a certificate for being the
most conscientious senior netball
player and was joint winner of the
Maher Trophy for the most outstand-
ing netball player.
She now plays
for TAS and the
Utiku Old Girls
and physics. This
year she is also
She is looking forward to being more
'hands on' with the junior school and
involved with the other students. ''I
would like to get the whole of Year 13
involved, not just the leadership team,''
Head boy of the school, Sean
Sumich, came to Taihape Primary
when he was seven years old and has
been here ever since.
He does not profess to be a sport-
sperson but is keen on music and plays
guitar in the school band.
''We have played at assemblies and
prizegiving but not much else. It is
possible we may
have a go at Rock-
fest this year.''
last year he was
Cups being 1st in
Chemistry, 1st in
Level 2 Science,
1st in Level 2 Physics.
He was 1st in Year 12 Outdoor Edu-
cation, received the TAS Achievement
Award and awarded a TAS Cup for 1st
Aggregate in Year 12. His main
subjects this year will be maths and
Sean's outlook for the year, ''I want
to be more of a role model and a person
that people know they can come to.''
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