Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Tauhara Forest

The following day after my Taupo Triumph dawned icy but clear! Although my legs were a little weary from my race I had a 20 minute shuffle before heading out with the family to the Tauhara Forest.

This 2 and a half hour return walk was most pleasant. It involved a steady climb through some lovely bush. At the summit were stunning 360 vistas. Here are some of the photos that Alice and I took. There are so many good ones that I had difficulty being selective. Hope you like them!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Just a short post tonight to show off my medal! This year is the 25th Anniversary of the North Island Cross Country being held at Spa Park, Taupo! A special commemorative medal was made to acknowledge the event which I'm proud to say I was a bronze recipient.

Hope you are green with envy but probably more so glad that you don't subject yourself to the pain and suffering I endured to get it. Thank you readers who commented how good I looked during the race as I haven't always had such positive responses to the state of my being in competition.

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Monday, 2 July 2012

Taupo Triumph

As posted on Friday I have been away at the North Island Cross Country Champs in Taupo. My event was 6 km held on a hilly Spa Park course. I had been in 6th place for the first lap but passed 2 more runners on the second lap to finish 4th and 3rd in the 50 - 54 age group.

I was delighted to win my third ever medal at Taupo out of about 9 attempts!

Going up a hilly section of the course

With Tony Price shortly after the finish of the race

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With the race out of the way on Saturday morning I was able to enjoy watching the other runners suffer as I had in the other grades. At 4 pm I attended the prize-giving to receive my Bronze Medal! Photo to come!

While at De Bretts Thermal Resort I had ample opportunities to soak my weary body!

On Saturday night we had dinner at Jolly Goodfellows. I had a large portion of Nachos!

It was a great weekend! I have taken lots of photos but once again can't access them! I will try my best to post some soon!