"Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear. Run with your own imagination." - Lorraine Moller
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The sun shone brightly on day two although the wind did seem
to come up later in the day as forecast.
There were plenty of good
performances, including personal bests and possibly a record or two. A truckload of medals were handed out to the
new champions which is the reward for getting involved and competing.
As usual the officials did a grand job at keeping the
meeting on track (no pun intended) and conducted in accordance with the rules. This includes Peter Baillie and Ed Hutchinson
in charge of electronic timing and photo finishing and Karen Mcilroy who
tirelessly looks after the entries and results.
Out in the field Mike Ritchie is on hand to make sure that
everything goes smoothly with the equipment. Not to mention that he is a jumps supercoach.
Shaka Sola was on the microphone once again sharing the
announcing duties with Charlie Nairne.
Shaka in Oct 2004
These two actually work quite well and I like what Shaka does to let the
spectator’s know who is who and to give a running commentary (always generous and often humourous) on
the efforts of the athletes.
I didn’t get much feedback on how the new track is shaping
up but there does seem to be one or two issues that might need sorting. This
includes possible water seepage and the uneven surface of the javelin runway at
the edge of the track curb.
Highlights and observations of the day:
Deborah Lynch’s runaway win in the women’s 3000m
Sean Pay doing everything
Despite his small stature Kaleb Sola can throw
things a long way
Will Tim Robinson eventually be able to
challenge his brother Cam in the Javelin
Billy Crayford jumping to 2.05m
Louis Northcott has an identical twin brother called Ted! Amazed by the stuff that Alan Stevens knows.
Predicting that Zion Trigger-Faitele is heading for big things. Only 16 and throwing the shot out to 16.74m (new centre record?)
At 52yo Allessandro Pina is very fast for his age over 200 (broke the Wellington Masters age record)