• 01 Team
  • 02 Verna
  • 03 Tony
  • 04 Tony Jackson #28

THINGS: 20 August 2017

What an exciting few weeks it’s been… 

THING 1: …AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER…

OWRs turned out last weekend to help Doug and Gaye celebrate 50 happy years together. There was dancing and speeches and a gorgeous cake made by Fiona.

Congratulations you two – may the next 50 years be just as much fun!

THING 2: THE PRODIGALS RETURN

The past couple of weeks have seen the return of some of our globe trotters. Verna arrived in time for the Big 50 party and of course was with us for the Saturday run.

even the sun came out to welcome Verna back

Veronica and Phil have wrapped up a magical cycle tour of Italy and France and have landed back in Auckland in deepest darkest winter, tan and trim and trying to translate the cycle fitness back to running and swimming.

 

Welcome home, you guys! I’m sure you’ll be warm soon enough.

THING 3: NOTES FROM ABROAD   

 

 

 

The long way home…

Many of you know that Dubai Mike will be Dubai no more. He is coming home to live and bringing with him his gal, Sal, and her gorgeous girls.  Don’t be looking too soon… they are taking the long way round and were spotted this week in Greece!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Well maybe only bears, but they are very real threats in the Canadian mountains. However, Sandi and Brian appear to be bearing up quite well on their cycle trip. The weather seems to be kind and the views are just stunning.

THING 4: HAIL, HAIL THE GANG’S ALL HERE

The Wednesday night runs from St Luke’s are getting noticeably lighter. Torches are not needed until well after 6, which is exciting!

And the lambs, calves and daffodils are blooming at Cornwall Park – spring is on the way!

THING 5: X-CELLENCE AT X-TERRA

Three tired but happy ladies were at Waharau Regional Park this weekend for the Xterra event. The weather wasn’t too bad, but the mud was certainly there and they all agreed “them hills just kept going up.”

Well done Patti, Veronica and Shelley.

Shelley of course is a regular at Xterra and on 30 July, she reported the Totara run as such:

“Not too muddy, because the puddles were frozen. Not too painful, because there was no feeling in extremities for first few km’s. Not lonely because I had two friends with me AND I saw Sandi and Patty who were going further and faster than me. Gary enjoyed a recovery amble and no issues with the knee.”

The next Xterra is 10 September in the Hunua Ranges. Shelley would love more company!

THING 6: MEETING IN THE MIDDLE

There is general agreement from half the Tues/Thurs swim crew that, since they are retired, they really prefer getting to the pool after the madding crowd has left.

Alas Shelley and I don’t have that luxury, enslaved to the banks as we are, so this week we are going to try meeting at 8 for a quick coffee – the retirees (Veronica, Phil and Doug) BEFORE they work out and Sherpas, AFTER the work out.

The workout is supposed to be better with caffeine anyway, so could be an advantage for some….

Aqua Cafe, Olympic Pool, Tues/Thurs, 8am

THING 7: AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

We’ve had 3 birthdays since the turn of the month – Gary celebrated on 8 August; a quiet affair with a lovely home-cooked meal, after a hectic weekend in Melbourne for work.

Murray turned another year older on the 13th followed by Fred on the 14th.

The next birthday down the rank will be Phil on 4 September.

Well that’s all for now folks. 

Cheers

Clippy chick

Comments

  1. Love the photos Katherine.

  2. Hi all, looks like my last message went into cyber space. Just wanted to thank everyone who came to our “do”, and to thank you all for the wonderful gift. We definitely will enjoy it.

  3. Dubai Mike says

    Congratulations Doug and Gaye…
    Day 8 of our European adventure, two more days in Greece. We are heading to Corfu today. We had four wonderful days on Lefkada…
    Thanks for the things.

  4. Great work Katherine. Just have noticed the contact details at the end of the page are now out of date eg Verna’s home no and contact address