The author, Austin Hutcheon , worked overseas on development / technical assistance projects from 1969 until 2004 in the fields of soil survey, land evaluation and training. Prior to 1969 was research assistant in the Soil Science Department of the University of Aberdeen. Prior to retiral in New Zealand was involved in projects on which major developments in the use of GPS, DBMS and GIS systems have taken place.  CV available

From 2001-2003 in Bhutan as DANIDA ADVISER capacity and capability building of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) Bhutan Soil Survey (BSS) which was part of the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC) within  the Council of Research and Extension (CORE) of the the Ministry of Agriculture.

On return to UK undertook dbms & GIS course at NSRI, Silsoe, Cranfield University and awarded a "Visiting Fellowship" and assisted with WOSSAC then did 6 weeks in Sudan on Merowe Dam Irrigation Project Soil Surveys followed by a trip to ISPRA, Italy to assist Joint Research Centre staff with compilation of the Soil Map of Jordan as part of the Soil Map of Europe.

Emigrated and re-located to New Zealand in late 2004 and helped out for a few years with mapping on the local Search and Rescue (LandSAR) in Taupo - come see us in Taupo!!! 

Key Experience: Project management: administrative, financial & technical; Logistics for surveys and training; Organisation & execution of soil and land use surveys; Soil Mapping & Land Evaluation; Set-up & management of field trials; Salinity surveys, assessment & Reclamation; Institution building through staff training; Managing and utilising databases; Assessment procedures for quality control of traditionally and digitally produced maps; Report writing and editing.

Agencies:  ADB, DANIDA, EU, GTZ,   IBRD, ODA (DFiD)  

Current Contacts:  52 Tui Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   Mail NZ

Tel   +64 7 376 9319   Fax   +64 7 376 9319      Mobile 0064 21 297 1035   Skype  ausbel and / or austinhutcheon

Now well retired and finding there are not enough hours in the day for activities.  At times still  tramping with Taupo Tramping Club, but running with Taupo Harriers now replaced by speed-walking. Road cycling almost stopped due to fear of traffic with the onset of slow reactions and outings with SAR (Search and Rescue) now fewer and far between.

MEMBERSHIPS (Now lapsed or lapsing): BSSS,  IPSS and RedR and the Young at Heart Dinosaurs Association

Austin "Super-mini" Hutcheon
All the boring details about Austin are in his CV. Put out to pasture by Hunting Technical Services in 1995 but refused to lie down and got a contract with GTZ working in Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia . Became a grandfather for the first time in February 1998 when daughter Gail, with Russell's help, produced Sacha , and grandchild number 2, Maia, arrived in 2001.  Had a setback due to RTA in March 1998 but got well enough to start working again in June 1999.  In August 1999 got a temporary contract with the Open University working on the Computer Section Helpdesk   In mid-2000 got off back overseas with Silsoe College, Cranfield University to Jordan working on water harvesting trials in the transitional arid zone. Days after reaching official retirement from HTS headed off to Bhutan to work on capacity building of the Bhutan Soil Survey (BSS) - plus trekking and sight-seeing.  On reluctant return from Bhutan undertook some more career development with a course covering DBMS and GIS at NSRI, Silsoe College, Cranfield University. Awarded a "Visiting Fellowship" and assisted with data input to WOSSAC whilst waiting for permission to emigrate to New Zealand. Spent a week in ISPRA on the Soil Map of Jordan for the EU then in November 2004 emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Taupo. Between October 2005 and May 2006 did 6 months in Banda Aceh as Soil Reclamation / Salinity expert on post-tsunami work for ADB.  In mid-2007 compiled a book "Tramping in Central North Island" detailing over 60 one-day plus multi-day walks and tramps in and around the central plateau of the North Island Series of books detailing tramping (hiking) in New Zealand - mainly in the Central North Island available on-line from:

http://lulu.com/spotlight/hutcheon

Also a small publication on GPS use and the History of HTS Ltd

Amman Road Runners - Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers - Hash House Harriers - Taupo Harriers

Used to run with any Hash he could get to and rose to be Grand Master of the Hashemite Hash in Amman, Jordan. Considered a nut on the Samarinda Hash on which the runs were out-and-out jungle survival, not running. Hash name of SUPER-MINI, though these days the engine is virtually worn out. Ran with the Hares and Hounds Hash House Harriers (H5) in Bedfordshire for years. Succeeded in establishing a high altitude hash in Thimphu Bhutan (TH3) but running at 2,000 - 3,000m above sea level was hard work. There is no hash in Taupo and decided NOT to try to set one up - must be getting old! Still with Taupo Harriers in New Zealand where he is currently about the slowest thing on legs and walking is easier and often faster that running.

London 1999

Ran with Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers  when in the UK doing local races but was getting slower - though the wheels were still turning - and coached some sessions as a Club Coach. During the 1999 / 2000 season  did some of the bigger cross country events including Parliament Hills, Nationals (Stowe), Vet Nationals, the Orion and the Grizzly - all in preparation for running the Shakespeare Marathon at the end of April 2000 where the wheels fell off at 23 miles due to the heat - time was 4:06:09 just outside the 4 hour target.  Now in Taupo New Zealand and compiling the "Record Holders" from the Taupo Harriers various ledgers - plus picking up the odd age group record

Whilst in Jordan (1989 - 1995) did some really crazy runs with the

Amman Road Runners.

Grizzly 2000

Bhutan sort of blunted the edge of running as it was so hard, but attempts were made on the age, world record for 100 metres at 4,000 and 5,000 metres altitude (see below) - this record has never been recognised by anyone!  Got back to vVO2max level 10 in mid-2004 so wheels still turning but by 2013 vVO2max efforts seem just a step to far and by 2017 running virtually replaced by speed-walking.

Once in New Zealand and established in Taupo got in league with the Taupo Harriers and ended up on the club committee,  Club Captain for several years and one final year as Club President before backing off and sticking to looking after the publications covering results and records.  Also took up aqua-jogging for a couple of years in efforts to get properly fit again with some success.  Banned from entering the Ironman New Zealand (by Isabel) but sometimes did cycle with the "Iron Virgins" - even bought a road bike .  Performance got back to what it should have been by mid 2005 though road race results performance did decline rapidly once the 75 birthday came up - presently does the odd Park Run.  Big events like the Arthur Lydiard "LEGEND" (35km of pure hill hell up in Auckland),  the HALF Marathon in Taupo plus  the North Island Cross Country Championships in Taupo some years (holds a full suite of Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals for the over 70s age groups. Year 2013 was dreadful as the wheels started to fall off and medics advised that pushing the HR to 170 was perhaps not too wise. Year 2014 was totally unforgettable and the wheels did come off in 2015 when walking started to be far easier than running and almost as quick.

PERSONAL BESTS:  For explanation of "Level" visit The Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers Home Page - www.AFFRunningClub.org.uk   or this web page

 Age Group 1         Age Group 2   Age Group 3        Age Group 4     Age Group 5       Pace Change decline (min:sec) with age group
Austin Hutcheon 55 - 59     60 - 64       65 - 69       70 - 74       75 - 79     1 & 2 1 & 3 2 & 3  1 & 4 3 & 4  1 & 5 4 & 5
Distance When Time Level   When Time Level   When Time Level   When Time Level   When Time Level    min:sec min:sec min:sec min:sec min:sec min:sec min:sec
60m                         28-Apr-11 00:10.2 Elite                        
100m Jul-99 00:15.2 Elite   Sep-03 00:18.0 5,000masl   24-Apr-10 00:16.4 Elite   28-Apr-11 00:16.8 Elite           00:02.8 00:01.6 00:01.6 00:01.6 00:00.4    
200m Jul-99 00:32.5 Elite           24-Apr-10 00:35.5 Gold   31-Mar-12 00:35.7 Gold             00:03.0   00:03.2 00:00.2    
400m Jul-99 01:13.0 Elite           24-Apr-10 01:24.3 Silver   28-Apr-11 01:24.7 Sliver             00:11.3   00:11.7 00:00.3    
800m Oct-98 02:51.0 Gold                   28-Apr-11 03:24.4 Silver                 00:33.4      
1500m Jul-99 06:17.0 Silver                   31-Mar-12 06:51.9 Gold                 00:34.9      
1 mile Jun-99 06:18.0 Gold   30-Jul-05 06:22.0 Gold    11-Jul-09 06:29.0 Elite   27-Aug-11 06:34.0 Elite    7-May-16 08:00  Silver    00:04.0 00:11.0 00:07.0 00:16.0 00:05.0 1:42.0 1:26.0
5k May-99 21:00.0 Gold   21-May-04 23:05.0 Silver   21-Feb-07 23:49.0 Silver   13-Aug-11 24:05.0 Gold    10-Feb-16  30:39  Bronze   02:05.0 02:49.0 00:44.0 03:05.0 00:16.0 9:39.0 6:34.0
5 mile Apr-00 35:03.0 Gold                                                
10k Jul-99 43:40.0 Gold   13-Aug-05 49:22.0 Silver   24-Jun-07 49:18.0 Silver   22-Sep-12 52:35.0 Gold           05:42.0 05:38.0 00:04.0 08:55.0 03:17.0    
10 mile May-99 01:15:19 Silver                                                
Half Marathon Jun-00 01:42:15 Silver   22-May-05 01:53:39 Silver   5-Aug-07 01:53:06 Silver   7-Aug-11 01:55:32 Silver           11:24.0 10:51.0 00:33.0 13:17.0 02:26.0    
Off Rd Half                 12-Jul-09 02:15:48                                  
Marathon Apr-99 03:59:28 Silver                                                
Legend 35km         Sep-05 03:35:05     Sep-07 03:33:56                         01:09.0        
Ultra (52km) Apr-94 05:09:11 ND                                                
Longest (340k) Jun-93 34:00:00 ND                                                
                                          Black = decline in performance    
                                          Red = improvement in performance  

How much exercise do oldies take - a historical record

Year Swim / Gym   Tramp / Hike     Run     Cycle   Altitude Gain Total Hrs
  Hours Km Hrs min/km Km Hrs min/km Km Hrs km/hr metres Exercised
2000 0 752 155 12.4 1961 190 5.8 65 3.5 18.57 ND 349
2004 0 403 93 13.8 1099 116 6.3 637 42.5 14.99 ND 252
2005 41 559 165 17.7 1143 116.7 6.1 900 46 19.57 ND 369
2006 24 665 204 18.4 892 88.5 6.0 1664 84 19.81 ND 401
2007 4 1015 345 20.4 1512 162 6.4 1625 69 23.55 ND 580
2008 0 926 304 19.7 1169 131 6.7 1117 51 21.90 ND 486
2009 1 754 246 19.6 1232 139 6.8 648 31 20.90 ND 417
2010 0 870 298 20.6 1075 133 7.4 566 33 17.15 ND 464
2011 0 1067 290 16.3 1337 168 7.5 552 26.5 20.83 ND 485
2012 33 757 253 20.1 1147 141 7.4 1061 54 19.65 52725 481
2013 28 736 270 22.0 1043 128 7.4 1324 66 20.06 49855 492
2014 56 666 213 19.2 785 95 7.3 1938 118 16.42 48567 482
2015 65 820 221 16.2 675 76 6.8 1305 72 18.13 42264 434
2016 62 771 220 17.1 562 71 7.6 1269 69 18.39 29364 422
2017 45 500 154 18.5 557 82 8.8 1044 65 16.06 76805 346
2018 0 0 0   0 0   0 0      

Updated 23 Nov 2017

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