Craig Lautenslager setting out on a record-breaking effort on a hot, muggy New Year's Day 10K race. Photo: Supplied.

Lautenslager cleans up at New Year 10K


Craig Lautenslager won last Monday’s Shoe Clinic New Year’s Day 10K Run in 31min10sec, but it was not his first run of the new year.

That came at midnight with Craig’s father Greg and a younger brother on the dark roads near his home in Hope. It was a two-mile run from one-year-to-the-next, a tradition his father started when he was in high school 43 years ago.

Craig first ran ‘one-year-to-the-next’ 10 years ago at age 14 with his father, during a teammate’s 21st birthday party off Lower Queen Street. The midnight run was much easier than the run 15 hours later.

Craig, an Athletics Nelson runner who won the 2017 New Zealand cross country and half marathon titles, faced 25 degree temperatures on the out and back trail from the Monaco Domain.

He hit the turnaround point in 14min52sec and also a stiff headwind.

“I wanted to break 30 minutes,” Craig said. “But if I would have maintained that pace, I would have ended up in the hospital.”

He settled for a course record and a 5min36sec cushion over runner-up Glen Ferguson, who finished in 36min46sec. Hayden Squance was third in 37min24sec.

Paula Canning of Athletics Nelson won the women’s 10K for the fourth straight year, in 40min25min. Former winner Colette Read was second in 44min1sec.

Matthew Bowen won the men’s 5k in 17min55sec, and Fran Kerse won the women’s 5K in 24min2sec.

The men’s race walk winners were Allen West in the 10K (67min8sec) and Steve Pauling in the 5K (33min0sec). The women’s race walk winners were Sharyn Davey in the 10K (68min20sec) and Wendy Healey in the 5km (32min19sec).

A total of 116 runners and walkers finished the race. The race proceeds go to the junior athletics travel fund. Full results can be found at