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Thursday, 20 January 2011

2011 Iron Maiden Supports Scottish

Actually the headline should really read Iron Maiden Has Scottish Fan. Not that being a fan of the band is an issue but it would be quite rare to see a band logo on the back of any running singlet let alone Iron Maiden. The band previously toured here in 2009 and in 2011 are returning to Australia to play 7 concerts between 23 February and 7 March . A Facebook page click herehas been set up by fans to get them to play a concert in NZ but so far nothing seems to have come of getting Ed Force One to land in NZ again. What worked for Christchurch Metallica fans may not work for Iron Maiden.

Monday, 17 January 2011

2011 World XC Trial Trentham Sat 15 Jan

This was a dismal affair in terms of turnout. In the women’s race there were four starters with seven in the men’s race.

It’s unclear why there was such low interest in the event but it does raise a question about the usefulness of the trial. It would be fitting if all of those eligible athletes who finished the trial were selected, after all they have to pay their own way. The final results are as follows:

Senior Women
1. Penny Peskett PAKU 28.13
2. Sarah Biss HAWK 28.22
3. Nicole Feest COLO 28.40
4. Fiona Crombie UCAN 29.18

Senior Men
1. Daniel Wallis WSCO 39:29
2. Adam Carlson HVHC 39:43
3. James Couborough WSCO 39:53

0. Glenn Hughes WSCO DNF
0. Dave Parsons WSCO DNF
0. Todd Stevens WSCO DNF
0. Hayden Shearman WSCO DNF

Here is an opinion piece written by Daniel Wallis in 2010 about NZ's current involment in the World XC Champs. I wonder if anything at all has changed. click here

Photos show the race winners Penny Peskett and Daniel Wallis