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: 12 July 2015
Our lift taking us from Takapau to the start at Norsewood.
Friendly helpers at the registration desk.
A cold and drizzly race briefing.
The field of runners/walkers in the second batch. The first batch of slower walkers started earlier.
The small field quickly spread out.
Beautiful scenery, albeit misty and miserable.
No getting lost. This sign indicates the out-and-back section for the runners/walkers.
There’s a mad cow on the loose!
Kevin and Peter doing great.
Caren speeding past.
Marian having a good day out.
The water points were well-stocked with water, bananas and some lollies.
Dark and dreary.
Some steep downhills and a few uphills to keep us honest.
The end, in sight. Still cold, but a wee bit of sun peeped through for a short while.
If it wasn’t for the fact that in my mind it wasn’t going to rain, we would probably not have driven all the way to Hawke’s Bay to do the Norsewood to Takapau fun run again. The last time we checked the weather forecast (the night before), the prediction was for a fine day, overcast and cool, but no rain. So blissfully unaware was I of the updated forecast overnight that I didn’t even bother to pack any wet weather gear!
You can only imagine my surprise then when we found ourselves amidst a drizzle/mist spray during our drive from Palmy to Norsewood. Worst is, our training was also a bit off the rails again – another week of only two training runs, due to bad weather and other unforeseen circumstances. The usual weekend long-run was looming and because of a change in work schedule we ended up having the day free. And what better way to spent a Sunday morning than with other runners/walkers on an event. It was meant to be. Continue reading
What to do when you’re a crowd of three? If not the three musketeers, the three wise men, three blind mice, three little pigs, three Stooges or the Bee Gees, it has to be the three wise monkeys!
Registration in the Gallipoli Room, Community Centre Norsewood.
Nettie, myself and Gerry at the start on a lovely sunny, albeit chilly, morning. [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
Brand spanking new shoes for Nettie and Johann. Don’t think it is necessary to “run in” trainers these days anymore. [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
Coronation Street, Norsewood. Bustling with activity outside the registration venue.
Race briefing. The cyclists in front of the runners. [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
Participants were invited to dress up for the event, but only a few fancy dress outfits were around at the start.
Looks like a huge field shortly after the start. Keeping clear of other runners, cyclists and support vehicles proved quite a challenge on the very narrow country roads.
Going strong on a sunny, cold morning.
Lots of rain the previous night made the roads shine in the sun.
Beautiful scenery in rural NZ with snow on the Ruahines. [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
A short out-and-back section with the turnaround point at the 5km mark.
Not sure what the scarecrow in the front was trying to do … :-). [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
Johann with a bounce in his step thanks to his new shoes, while Nettie is jogging along comfortably.
A nice downhill in a valley.
Blue skies and a winter sun helping to warm us up.
Yeah! The 10km point also had a “woohoo” in the road. These types of signs give me a smile everytime.
I just love these country runs.
Waterpoint with friendly volunteers. Three en route at approximately 5km intervals.
Very happy to have a sunny run after the night’s rain.
Rolling green hills in the countryside. [Photo © Johann van der Merwe]
The last kilometres is run through the small town of Takapau.
Johann and Nettie still looking strong at finished.
Just a couple more steps.
Since the Wellington marathon three weeks ago, we ran an average of four times per week. Not too bad, I guess, but not as much as I hoped. There were too many days of foul weather and laziness. We also did a trail run, the first of many more to come leading up to the Tarawera 100. Yep, we took the plunge and entered for the beast – something I’ve been wanting to do for the past few years. (Am I repeating myself?)
As is always the case (at least for me) with your weekly long-run training, it is so much nicer to cover the distance with other people. Knowing you’ve got company out there, even if you don’t utter a single word to anyone else, is enough to make the run easier. The joys of running for most people might be that they get alone time. Time to switch off and have only their own thoughts to keep them company. I get that. I do that too! But I still prefer to have other people around, just to see them even if I am caught up in my own thoughts and pretty much ignoring everybody else. Continue reading