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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.


*FTA = Finely Tuned Athlete

Gaye was there too supporting Doug and daughter Kim. Lisa took a support role after a heavy cold claimed tenancy rights in her lungs. Fred was accompanied by one of his daughters and an assortment of his grandchildren. And yes, Carleen did do 2 events.

The 10km event was run on the Saturday. Just as well Fred, who went over a day earlier than most, was the only one of our lot entered in the 10km race because plane delays on the Friday, resulting in late night arrivals on the Gold Coast would have stymied the race for others. Patti was stuck sitting on a plane on the tarmac of Auckland Airport for 3 hours, while Lisa, Anna and ETC lounged around the airport as their plane was delayed by 7 hours. Two reasons were offered: planes coming from Western Australia were impacted by ash blowing over from a volcano in Indonesia and there was fog in Brisbane which closed that airport for a time.

The Marathon and Half Marathons were run on Sunday. The day itself was cool with just a hint of a breeze – perfect conditions for an event. The Half Marathon got under way first at 6am. 11,000 athletes took 10 minutes to cross the start line.

Not long after the last athletes were on their way, spectators were alerted to an emerging sunrise coming up over the ‘River’. The colours were sooo vivid it was quite a spectacle. As the sky was reflected in the still waters of the river, the whole scene engulfed the on-lookers.

The marathon runners set off about 1.5 hours later and did a lap to the south before circling back to finish on the Half Marathon course. The flat course seemed to please our runners although there were some pretty stiff muscles in the days following the events.

Happy Athletes

And then of course came the celebrations


And the next day there were more celebrations.

Well done to everyone who took part. Congratulations on another medal for you to treasure.

Finally a big thank you to Barb for organising the trip and tempting us across the Tasman to enjoy a few days of summer in the middle of winter.

And thanks Verna for volunteering some of your photos.

Obligatory Morning walk on the beach

Xterra – Hunua Ranges

Well done to Shelley Clark, the lone wolf, who completed the mid distance Xterra event in the Hunua Ranges on Sunday 8th July. The course was 12.6km, climbed approx 200m and had a Toughness rating of 6/10.

Stolen with glee from Shelley’s Facebook

Xterra number 3 in the beautiful Hunua Ranges completed. Trails were reasonably firm, water crossings all below the knee and not much mud so not as much fun as I like. I missed my buddies but no one passed me and I got to push myself a bit. 12.6k in 2hrs 22 mins. Gary walked up to nearest dam and then waited in the steady drizzle and chilly wind for me. Xxx

The next Auckland Xterra event will be in Waiuku Forest 29th July. Distances include;

Short – 6.5km

Mid – 12.5km

Long – 19.2km

Super Long 23km

So get along there and give Shelley some company.

OWR Winter Dinner

This year the OWR winter dinner will be held at the Alexander Race Course at the Alex Bar and Eatery on Greenlane Road. Some among you have decided that no pre-run is necessary; just cut to the socialising. Dinner will therefore be at 6pm.

OWR Dinner

Wednesday 25th July


Alex Bar and Eatery

Partners welcome

Cnr Green Lane West & Manukau Road
Auckland 1051


We ought to book, so please let me know if you would like to attend. I will make the booking on Friday 20th July, so best you let me know before then. You can email me, ETC, on gibsonfiona@hotmail.com

OWR Saturday Outing

During September, Barb and Jane are heading off to Whangapora to house sit for friends. Somewhat cunningly, their OWR friends have decided they don’t get to duck out of the frosty Saturday morning runs. We will bring the run to them.

Note for diaries

Saturday 21st September

We will move our Cornwall Park walk to Shakespear Park. I think we agreed we would start an hour later at 8:30 to allow people time to get there. I’ll get back to you on that.

Mel Wilson, you have no excuse….


Where’s the next road trip

The ol’ faithfuls are making their annual pilgrimage to Kerikeri for the Half Marathon to be held Saturday 17th November. Entries are still available but affordable accommodation is getting scarce, so best you hurry up and get booking.

But wait there’s more

If you are looking for more adventure, the Gold Coast crew have settled on heading to the Hawkes Bay for another suite of events, at the Hawkes Bay International Marathon.

This is from the Marathon event website:


Marine Parade, Napier to Sileni Estates Winery

Run/Walk Road/Path/Park Short Medium Long Superlong 10K Half MarathonMarathon Kids

The Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon Run on Saturday, 18 May 2019 is a running festival with distances of;

42km marathon
21km half marathon
10km fun run
3km kids fun run (Hey Fred, maybe your grandkids?)

Take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running through local cycle trails, vineyards, olive groves, and quiet country roads – all finishing at the impressive Sileni Estates Winery where you can celebrate your efforts in style.

Escape away with friends for the weekend, experience all Hawke’s Bay has to offer in late autumn and enjoy the challenge and festive celebration of running.

The full marathon starts on Marine Parade in Napier; the half marathon from Pakowhai Regional Park in Hastings; and the 10km from Gimblett Gravels. All events finish at Sileni Estates Winery.

Entries open 25th July and sell out fast so mark the date and polish up the credit card.

Brandon you might find this is more accessible than the French wine trail marathon – just saying.

Many thanks to Katherine for sending these details through.


Melbourne Marathon Festival 2020

If international events are your thing, then there is also a plan hatching to go to the Melbourne Marathon in 2020. Look, you’ve got plenty of time to train, so what is stopping you?

The event is held mid-October each year. Should you want to get in some sneaky practice, this year’s event is Sunday 14th October and entries are open now.


On a sad note, many of you know Marion Morris. Marion has recently travelled back to her native UK to farewell her Mum who passed away at the end of June.

Our sincere condolences Marion.



  1. Well done Fiona, informative and amusing, thanks!

  2. katherine lester says

    Thank you Fi! A great Things
    xoxo Clippy Chick

  3. katherine lester says

    Also just a note – the 21st of September is a Friday. I presume you mean 22nd