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Saturday, 23 August 2014

2014 Wellington Road Champs Wainuiomata Sat 24 Aug

The Wainuiomata course is a dank place and even if we had a fine day (which we didn’t) then parts of the course would still be dingy and dark.  The Centre might want to consider a better course that is easy to find with adequate parking. In the morning the walking folk held their 10k champs on the old GM site in Trentham.  They complete 8 laps of a 1.25km course, all flat and traffic free. There is plenty of parking and perhaps all that is needed are some portable toilets, or at least the permission of the Trentham Golf Club for the use of their facilities.
Anyway the road champs went without a hitch. Nice to see that Hamish Carson could be racing overseas against the world's best but also manage a 40 minute 10k on Saturday ay Wainui.  





Sunday, 17 August 2014

2014 Kids Frenzy Beach Relay Owhiro Bay Sat 16 Aug

This event is organised by Jonathon Harper who looks after the Scottish J Team. It uses the beach area and surrounds at Owhiro Bay and is now in its third year.  The afternoon, which had fabulous weather, is primarily designed to give kids under 13 an afternoon of fun while their parents and caregivers compete in the Bays Relay which starts in Island Bay. The core of the programme is a relay covering a kilometre plus although because the course involves running across soft sand and a few obstacles it can be tough going.  To make sure the kids are occupied until the Bays Relay is done and dusted there is provision for some beach activity involving chucking a rock n’ stuff although on Saturday this part of the show wasn’t needed.  The great thing is that it is all free to entrants and virtually everybody gets a chocolate reward of some type.  See Jonathon’s full report.