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Holiday Dates

Hi Everyone

It has been a while. WordPress has revinvented itself since I last posted, so forgive me for my learner wheels.

OWR Christmas Run / Walk

Wednesday 18th will be the last Wednesday Run/Walk before Christmas. There are no vounteers to map out a pub run this year, but not to worry. FTAs (Finely tuned athletes) are encouraged to dress up and prepare for a fun night.

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25th. Some traditions are just too precious to break. OWR will be meeting at about 8am on Christmas for an 8:30 swim, run, walk or bike. This will be followed by coffee, breakfast or brunch at the Coffee Club from around 9:45

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday 31st December. Once again we will be meeting at Okoromai Bay, Shakespear Regional Park at 8:30am on New Years Eve . Bring a picnic for afters.

Short and sweet. That’s it.

Oh, one more thing. Congratulations to Lisa Harris, Paula and Terry Leigh and the Shadbolts who have all moved into new homes during this year.

Things Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019

I hope you are having an awesome summer. The weather has been brilliant whatever your needs this year.

Well done to everyone who made it to the Christmas Day gathering. It was a fairly rough day, although we made it back for the all important coffee before the rain started.

Hardy Christmas Souls
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Things Tuesday 11th Dec 2018


Hello Everyone


Grab your pretzels and wine and wrap your eyes around this edition of Things to find out what you’ll be doing over the holidays.

Who am I kidding? Many of you are on perpetual holiday!! [Read more…]

Thingets Tuesday 30th Oct

Hi Guys

No time for a full blown Things today, so here are the important bits in brief.


1. This Wednesday 31st  Oct

It is Halloween tomorrow, Wednesday, and some of the Mad Hatters in the group think it would be fun to dress in costume for your run or walk. Go on Brandon, you know you want to.

Meet in the usual place at the Rugby Club rooms in Cornwall Park at 5.30pm.


2. This Saturday 3rd Nov

It’s summer time, or so some of the delusioned among us believe. So it is back to Mission Bay, 7.30. The sane ones will run, walk or skip. The aforementioned mad hatters will swim. [Read more…]

Things Tuesday 4th Sep 2018

Hello There

I have some newsy bits to share with you today, so pull up your coffee and lets get started.

Saturday Mornings at Cornwall Park

If you haven’t been to Cornwall Park in the past few weeks, I urge you to hurry up and get there. Cornwall Park is at it’s best at this time of year. Aside from the frolicking lambs and frisky calves, there are daffodils and magnolias and tulips and unadulterated prettiness wherever you look. Oh, and our lot are there on Saturdays at 7.30 am, by the flag pole and Wednesday’s at 5.30 pm at the Rugby Club rooms. [Read more…]

Things Tuesday 22 Aug 2018

Hi All

Is there anyone else out there not in Hawaii at the moment? So far we have or have had or will have Verna, Danny, Mel Wilson, Darilyn, Katherine and David. I wanna go….anything to get away from this incessant rain.


Well Shelley is not letting meteorological issues get her down. Well done for getting through recent Xterra Events

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Things Tuesday 17th July 2018

Hi Everyone

Wow, hasn’t today been spectacular after all of that wet weather. Someone, make haste, please call the weather man and order more days like today.

Some Quick Reminders

  1. OWR Dinner next Wednesday 25th July. Many of you have already advised me you are coming. For the rest of you, you have until Friday evening to let me know. We are meeting at the Alex Bar and Eatery  at Alexandra Park (Trotting venue) at 6pm. Partners and groupies welcome. Carole Young is organising some quick exercise for those that are keen, starting at 5pm at the usual place.
  2. The entries for the Hawkes Bay Marathon Festival open on Wednesday 25th. If you are keen to do this, you will need to get in with busy fingers and book because this event sells out fast. Remember there are multiple events ranging from the Marathon down to a fun run for kids. The event is planned for 18th May 2019.
  3. Time is running out if you want to participate in the Kerikeri Half on 17th November, especially for accommodation. A bunch of your fellow foot warriors are already booked so don’t suffer FOMO.
  4. A bit closer to home is the next Auckland Xterra event to be held at Waiuku on Sunday 29th July – how about it? There are 4 distances available ranging from 6.5 to 23 km.

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THINGS Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hello Everyone

Once again as I sit at the laptop tapping at the keys, the heavens are dropping down the wet stuff by the bucket load. I think flippers and snorkels are going to be the order of the day if this keeps up. Find a dry spot and let’s get into it.

OWR on the Gold Coast

Well after much planning, training and packing, the Gold Coast running events have all been run, medals handed out and the smiles that split faces apart have all disappeared back to where they came from. Our lot did very well indeed with even a couple of PBs in the mix.

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Quick Things: Tues 26th June 2018

Hello Everyone

I trust you are not too frozen or water logged. Grab a cuppa and let’s get started.

Wednesday Nights

Despite the challenges of the weather, there is a hardy bunch of souls wearing out soles in and around Cornwall Park each Wednesday night. Reports of merriment have come from the neighbourhood so if you wish to join the happy throng, bring yourself and your mates to the Rugby Club Rooms on Puriri Drive opposite Cornwall Park. The packs depart at 5:30 sharpish. [Read more…]

Things Wednesday 31st May 2018

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all keeping warm during these beautiful crisp clear days.

Katherine is still over yonder wearing out her passport, so you have me, ETC, today.

Thing One: Where to this Saturday

A couple of weeks ago we agreed that we would return to Cornwall Park on Saturday mornings for the winter. However, there is some confusion in the ranks as to whether we are moving back to Cornwall Park this Saturday, on Queen’s Birthday weekend, or next week after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

So after consulting with many of you, I have made a decision. We will stay at Mission Bay this Saturday and move to Cornwall Park next Saturday. [Read more…]

THINGS: 8 April 2018

A summery weekend in autumn never goes amiss….

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THINGS 2 April 2018

As summer fun fades into distant memory and a few yellow leaves shudder on the trees, it’s time to think about staying fit!

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THINGS 26 Jan 2018

If a picture is worth a 1000 words ….. [Read more…]

THINGS: 24 December 2017

Here Here Here are the Holiday Happenings….. [Read more…]


Just a reminder: 13 December Wednesday Run is the Christmas Pub Run ! [Read more…]


Ho Ho Ho! The Holidays are heading this way!

Ready or not it’s December. In this issue we’ve got lots of results but more importantly a list of all the OWR Holiday Happenings coming up over the next few weeks, so read on!


Kohi Swims are back every Thursday through the summer. A full tide and a bit of sun this last week but it still looked a bit prettier than it felt. Marion, Darilyn, Shelley, Doug, Katherine and Patti all headed out.

There are two more swims before the Christmas break, if you are keen on joining us.


It was a warm lovely day for the Tri and OWR had a number of folks doing the Sprint with some very good results, not the least of which was Doug was #1 in his Age Group.


Another lovely morning at Mission Bay, although the tides were mercurial and changed half way through the swim.

Where:       Mission Bay city-side carpark

When:        7:30 am

Post run/swim coffee:  ~9:00am at the Mission Bay Pavilion (formerly the Stone House) right next to the car park.


Summer Schedule on Wednesdays is at the Rugby Club venue. It’s on the Campbell Crescent edge of Cornwall Park. There is free parking and drinks afterwards will be at the Club upstairs.

We were having so much fun we forget to get pictures until most of the rest were gone. Cheers!

When:        Wednesdays, 5:30 PM

Where:  Grammar Carlton Rugby Football Club Inc

2 Puriri Dr, Epsom, Auckland 1051, New Zealand

As an option, there are a few still wanting to meet at St. Luke’s shopping centre – if that’s better for you, reach out to Brandon. You can reach out to me for contact details: katherinelester100@gmail.com


For those who want to pick up their running speed, the Tuesday runs at O’Hagan’s pub in the Viaduct could be just the thing. $7 for a 5km – long enough to get your pace up but short enough to push it.

Gun time is 6pm, so get there a bit early to register. Did we mention your $7 also gets you a free beer, wine or fruit juice???

And you get to hang with these finely tuned athletes…



This year’s Pub Run is on Wednesday, 13 December. It will start and finish at Puriri Rugby Club. Run time is 5:30pm – don’t forget

  • Your Santa gear
  • Your cash / card for the run
  • Your safe ride home

This is the last Wednesday run until 10 January, so don’t miss out!


Officially, we’ll continue to meet at 7:30am through 23 December. We’ll then take a holiday break, returning on 13 January.


Come spend Christmas morning with the people you really like before heading off to the fam.

Meet at 8:30am at Mission Bay City-side Car Park.

  • Run, walk or swim for an hour
  • Brunch at 9:30-9:45

We are getting mixed messages about whether the revamped Mission Bay Pavilion will be open; that will be preferred but otherwise likely to be Coffee Club.



The annual New Year’s Eve Day run/walk and picnic will be at Shakespeare Park again this year.


Meet at 8:30 am at Okoromai Bay. Thanks to Shelley for the instructions:

When you enter the park from the main road it is important to drive straight ahead to Okoromai Bay. At the “T” intersection turn left and drive to the end of the road. Here is our gathering spot.

If you drive through the predator proof fence you are in the WRONG PLACE!

We’ll be out 2 hours or so, so bring plenty of water.


We’ll have BBQs and condiments available – BYO sausages and nibbles to share.

While this isn’t the proper swimming beach it can be lovely for a dip. What to bring:

  • Running/walking clothing, sun hat, sunscreen and water
  • Sausages for yourself and snacks to share
  • Picnic beverage of your choice
  • Potential change of clothes for comfort
  • Swimming togs and towel (optional)



Shelley celebrates on 13 December – hope it’s a good one!

Clippy Chick



THINGS: 23 November 2017

It’s all picking up again…. [Read more…]


Nothing spooky about this edition of THINGS….. [Read more…]


Relax….  [Read more…]

THINGS Monday 25th September 17

Hello There

It has been awhile, but I am back – as guest editor while Katherine kicks her heels up in the UK.

Cornwall Park

How fabulous is Cornwall Park? It is beautiful any time of year but especially in Spring. A bunch of faithfuls turn up week after week. You too could be one of them….think about it.

Is that Benji photo bombing the bottom left? Note the holograms of our travelling friends looking on. They are wishing they were there too.


Tony Jackson Ironman Scholarship

There has been some fabulous news announced by Ironman NZ recently.

 We are delighted to announce that the Tony Jackson Scholarship is opening for a second round of applicants for 2018.

We received a number of quality applications earlier this year (including winner Jason Young), so together with Verna Cook-Jackson we have decided to award a second scholarship for the 2018 event.

Interested? Then get your application in.



O’Hagan’s Run

One athlete all too familiar with Ironman has been tearing it up around the Viaduct and the Wynyard Quarter. Check out these results.

Patti is currently 9th woman. What an awesome effort Patti. Go you.

Does this sound like you? Here’s how you can join Patti on a weekly running habit.

The O’Hagan’s Series is run on Tuesday nights starting at 6pm from O’Hagan’s Irish Bar at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. The course is measured out and back 5km around the Viaduct.

The entry fee is $8. Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or OJ and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm. Register at O’Hagan’s from 5.15pm.


It’s summer. Get Moving!

Hey Guys, here are some key dates to tempt you back into the wet suit and on the bike saddle etc.


Ocean Swim Series Dates


Get your entry in now so you can plan your training.

Auckland Habour Swims

If you would prefer more low key but challenging Events, the Auckland Masters Swim Club organise a series in the Auckland Habour.



Kohi Swim Series

To prepare you for these awesome events, there is a weekly swim on Thursdays at Kohi


Kerikeri Half Marathon

A bunch of OWR folks make an annual pilgramage to Kerikeri and have a blast doing the Half Marathon. You too could join this happy throng. Just sign up.


Panasonic Tri Series

The Last Word




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THINGS: 20 August 2017

What an exciting few weeks it’s been…  [Read more…]


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the tragic and unexpected passing of Brian Farrell last Wednesday.  [Read more…]

THINGS: 23 JULY 2017

It’s been a sketchy few weeks for Things with travel and all, so grab a cuppa and a cumfy chair and settle in for the Catch-Up Issue…  [Read more…]

THINGS: 18 JUNE 2017

We go abroad to get a break from our life here and what happens? We end up meeting up with OWRs around the world!  [Read more…]