Date: 9 December 2017
Previous: 2010, 2014
Still going strong despite ramping up my kilometres significantly this week. [Pic by Jonesy’s Photography.]
Still had my fleece top on. Briefly considered running with it!
Bill doing race briefing.
Crossing the first bridge (Dublin St Bridge) going upstream.
Some cloud at the start with little bits of blue/sunny sky peeking through.
It’s going to happen, and Gerry can’t come with. 😦
One of the three cheeky ditches.
Participants lazing around after the event.
Trying to get the stupid phone app to keep going. It asked a million questions and then paused!
Passing over Cobham Bridge, looking out to the sea.
What looked like a boat with two fisherman, turned out to be a little sand bank in the low-tide river.
Pack n Save as the main sponsor for the marathon.
Kowhai Park next to the Whanganui River.
Gerry came over for support and a photo after my first lap.
Another one of the ditches. They are far steeper than it looks on the photo.
The Whanganui 3-bridges event was only the third event we’d done in NZ (in 2010) and I still have fond memories of the day. We only did the 10km back then, but having done the Mountain to Surf marathon in 2008 during a visit and tour of the country, and the Kahuterawa Classic 7km also in 2010, we were starting to get a feel for NZ events. Continue reading
Footprints in the Sand – Foxton Beach inaugural half marathon
Date: 25 November 2017
Distance: 21.1km (we measured 21.8km)
“The way to do is to be.” (Lao Tzu)
Participants making their way to the start on the beach.
“There are only two mistakes one can make on the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.” (Buddha)
The turn-around on the first short out-and-back, with Kapiti Island in the back.
Margaret and John going strong.
“You only lose what you cling to.” (Buddha)
Water point #1 (and 7).
With only 17 participants in the half marathon, it is easy to have the whole beach to yourself.
“We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” (Zen proverb)
The jolly water point at the turn-around point at Himatangi Beach.
“Energy flows where my attention and intention goes.” (Gabrielle Bernstein)
“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.” (Zen proverb)
“Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them.” (Fight for life)
Approaching the finish line.
When we entered for this event on the morning before the start, little did we know that it was an inaugural. Whoop! Another one in the bag. To be fair, it can hardly count as an inaugural since this event is already in its fourth year. But, previous runnings were only twenty kilometres and 2017 marked the first year that it is an official half marathon. So, technically it IS an inaugural and mind you, I only realised now that the very first one we did back in 2014, was also an inaugural. 🙂 Continue reading
Date: 19 November 2017
Distance: 21.1km (we measured 21.5km)
[Photo by Rob Caven Photography] Mr & Mrs Charlie at your service.
The registration team hard at work.
The walkers lining up for their start.
An hour after the walkers, the runners were on their way.
[Photo by Rob Caven Photography] On a slow trot out of the Ashhurst Domain.
In the Higgens aggregates yard.
Some dark clouds and even a few spits of rain on a otherwise warm and humid day.
On Higgins’ property.
Phil and his traffic management team making sure everyone stayed safe.
The last participant, all the way from the Souht Island to do her first half marathon!
This year saw the fourth running of the Ashhurst to Esplanade walking and running event, which is a gem on the local calendar. Organised by the Manawatu Striders Running and Walking club it is a lovely walk linking two towns. Continue reading
Date: 4 November 2017
Gerry photobombing my start pic.
Chilling before the start.
Race briefing by Rob Dabb.
100?? runners and walkers in the half marathon.
And we’re off!
Was it not for this guy in the yellow Feilding Moas colours, we might have taken the wrong turn a couple of kilometres before the finish.
Making our way out of town next to a busy road.
Major road crossing, luckily with the STOP-GO in place.
Gerry, having an easy ride.
Little did I know my cap creeped up and was sitting on top of my head! I looked like an alien.
The second/third water point.
The half marathon winner, Edward Currie, speeding past on his way to victory.
Dave in the top 5.
A typical NZ country scene.
Missed an impressive jump by Kel with the slow phone camera.
Derrick going strong.
Viv going great shortly before the turnaround.
Cheryl and Cath having a ball!
Bill, all the way from Whanganui. What would a country event be without a tractor in it!
Paul looking relaxed.
John doing the half, while Margaret was taking the day off ahead of a 74km bike ride the next day.
Lovely to see Francis on the road again.
Compulsory selfie on the course.
Friendly girls at the second/third water point.
Gerry getting warm despite his easy pace.
The first/fourth water point, sponsored by Allan McNeill Chartered Accountants (I’m assuming looking at the banners at their aid station).
Nearly back among the houses at the edge of town.
Back at Timona Park with the finish in sight.
Finish-line selfie, with the Striders start/finish banner a familiar backdrop.
Small-towm prize-givings – always a festive affair.
The previous time we did this half marathon (in 2011), the event started at the swimming pool and ran out of town in more or less the opposite direction than the current event before you turned around and ran back the same way. It was, still is, a lovely, small town, out-in-the-country-type event on an out-and-back course. Continue reading
Date: 17 September 2017
Distance: 21.1km (+11.1km)
Time: 2:25.28 (+1:16)
Previous: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Photo by Nicole Patterson. After about 7km, things were still going well.
Lake Hatuma in the back.
A beautiful run out in the country.
Photo by Caroline Williams.
For our fifth running of the Hatuma Lime Half Marathon, we decided to add a few kilometres before the event start to get to 32km. It might be partially psychological, but I like to do a 32km long-run three or four weeks out from a marathon. Luckily the event was on so we only had to add 11kms to make up the distance. Continue reading
Date: 9 July 2017
Previous: 2014, 2015
Catching up with some fellow club mates.
This is giving me deja vu.
After the cyclists were gone, the small field of slow runners and fast walkers lined up at the start.
Time for a selfie :-).
Walking up the steep hills.
Just follow the signs and you will not get lost.
I don’t think NZ can take any more rain. Everything is soaking wet, with mud everywhere. Huge slips have caused road closures, some of which might be permanent.
Gerry taking a trip to the Kowhai loo.
Photo courtesy of Nicole Patterson. Cheers!
A long downhill in the valley.
This bridge is about at the halfway point.
Gerry doing a speed session to catch up with me again after his pee stop.
What looks like strong wind blowing me over, was actually an attempt by me to make a Killian Jornet jump. But, alas, my feet wouldn’t go where I wanted them to.
Some ruins in the countryside which I haven’t noticed before (or have forgotten about).
Only the final kilometre through town. A very long kilometre at that!
Prize-giving about to begin.
This is the team behind this lovely event – Sport Hawke’s Bay.
The first time we did the Norsewood to Takapau half marathon, it was with family, who at the time lived in New Zealand. I will never forget the box filled with pots of honey that was handed out as spot prizes. Two out of the four of us received a pot of honey. When prize-giving rolled around the following year, I was audibly disappointed for not getting honey again, at which point the Hilders gifted us theirs. Last year the event was first postponed and later cancelled altogether, because of inclement weather, so definitely no pots of honey to be had. Continue reading
Date: 8 April 2017
Previous: 2014, 2016
Race headquarters – new venue.
Follow the sign – not the arrow! 🙂
Nice to see Anita briefly before the start. She told me how she won the Taihape Half and got third place at the Martinborough Round the Vines female category! That’s fantastic – well done!
Seeing everyone disappear, while we were having a leisurely walk in the forest.
Graeme coming through the first water point.
As well as Derek, still going strong.
Fellow Manawatu Striders mate, Viv.
Graeme, Ross and another Strider.
Cheryl and Steph catching up at about 6km, having done 27km already.
We donned pink for the occasion – Cheryl’s favourite colour.
Gerry having a very easy run.
Cheryl and Steph, not even looking tired.
The girl of the moment – Cheryl about to complete her very first marathon.
Photo time! Not far now.
On the home stretch.
When we caught up with the 10 and 5km runners and walkers, the road got a bit congested, but didn’t slow us down at all.
Well done, Cheryl, on completing your first marathon! And Steph for running the whole way with her! As Patricia said – welcome to the marathon club. 🙂
A few months ago, a friend of ours won an entry for the marathon of this event. She has been keen to do a marathon for such a long time, and what better motivation than to win an entry. It was going to be her very first marathon and Gerry and I thought we’d like to join her. But, life had other plans, and we couldn’t get the miles done in time for a full marathon, so decided to join only for the second half of her run. Continue reading