Service to club recognised with memorial trophy

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Gore Harrier Club president Graham Hall’s contribution to the club was recognised recently.

The I H Baird Memorial Trophy for services to the sport was presented to Hall at the club’s cross-country handicap race prize-giving.

Hall said he had been a member of the club since about 1987 and had organised events including the harriers handicap race and the Gore half marathon.

He has set out the course for the Southland Cross-Country Championships since it has been held at the Southern Field Days site at Waimumu Hall.

“I enjoy setting a traditional course – like when I was a kid. You ran over mud and hills and fences. You didn’t run around a rugby field.”

At Waimumu there was plenty of opportunity to do this with the pine plantation, creek and hills all offering something different.

He had enjoyed running at school.

When he became a stock agent after leaving school, his work involved him moving to new towns regularly.

“You never really got involved with too many team sports because you were always moving around, whereas running was something I could always just do myself.”

He had run about 40 half marathons and five full marathons.

Last year he was made an Athletics Southland life member.