Date: 9 August 2015
Time: 1:40:46 (Gerry); 2:21:42 (Wouna)
Friendly Striders volunteers ready for late registrations on race morning.
The race features a nice long, straight sprint to the finish.
Wouna and Cheryl near the finish. Less than 2km to go and still fresh and happy.
Cheryl’s kids joined their mum in crossing the finish line.
More Striders volunteers helping out after the race.
Many hands make light work.
If you do any significant amount of distance training, you invariably end up running out of new routes in your region. And most likely, to simplify your daily routine, you end up regularly re-running the same routes day after day. In our case, our daily runs usually include Massey University and/or the Bridle Track along the Manawatu River.
As a result, lining up at the start line of the Manawatu Striders Half Marathon which covers, you guessed it, Massey University and the Bridle Track, I was not exactly breathless with anticipation about the course. Which is not to say that it is not a nice route – we just get so used to it that we forget that it’s actually quite special. Spoiled ay? On the bright side, I was aiming to improve on my time from last year, so that will keep things interesting. Continue reading
For the front runners, the Super Sevens course starts with a sprint over the sports field to get to the narrow path through the Esplanade before it gets congested.
The Striders are clearly doing something right when it comes to their start-of-the-year Super Sevens Series. Year after year I am amazed at the number of people turning up each Tuesday night to run or walk the 7km (or 3km) course along the Manawatu River, through the streets of Hokowhitu and back through the Esplanade. It’s a very scenic little course – probably one of the reasons the series is so popular. The Super Sevens really is a huge celebration of summer, good times and general physical wellbeing here in Palmerston North. Continue reading
Date: 23 November 2014
Start of the 20.8km walkers.
Shortly before the start of the 20.8km run.
The field of runners rounding the Ashhurst Domain oval.
Was this section meant for the guys and girls wanting to do a full half marathon?
The fairly new path next to the Manawatu River from Ashhurst.
Could only catch up with fellow Strider, Sheryl, around the 3km mark.
The Higgins Depot.
Easy going on the gravel roads around Higgins.
Some beautiful, tranquil sections.
Rounding the corner shortly before reaching the main buildings of the Higgins Depot.
Exiting Higgins land, we reached the second water station just before turning left onto Te Matai Road.
Just past halfway, counting down to the finish.
A nice bit of downhill on the otherwise very flat course on our way to the Bridle Track.
Grateful to have helpers who are willing to sacrifice their Sunday morning to support runners and walkers.
Back in known territory, running along the Palmy Bridle Track.
The section of the Bridle Track next to the river with Elderflowers in full bloom.
The Gas Works Drain bridge. Not the most romantic name, but a scenic little feature on the route nonetheless.
Some sections next to the river can be quite exposed in bad weather, but luckily we had no such problems on a near-perfect morning.
Evidence of the blustery winds of the past few weeks.
Just the short bit through the Esplanade gardens …
… before we reached the finish.
Club President, Kevin, welcoming participants back at the club house, with some of the organising team in the back.
The weather in the weeks leading up to the A2E was, in a word, atrocious. Terrible winds, hail storms and even a mini tornado lashed the country and my hopes for a peaceful fun run in the sun was in the balance. But miracles do happen and on the morning of the event, the most perfect day greeted us. I could hardly believe my luck. The last thing I wanted was another long run fighting gusty winds and/or rain, but thankfully Huey was good to us.
The Manawatu Striders are known for staging great events and this one was no different. Being an inaugural could potentially spell a couple of glitches, but true to their organisation skills everything ran smoothly. At least in our experience as participants in the 20.8km run event.
Me at the start of the walking event (except for a couple of eager beavers in front!) – the runners were to follow a few minutes later.
Directions to the event with lovely winter sun peaking over the trees.
One might think is was a hot summer’s day if you look at the dress code! We were less brave.
A short section next to the Manawatu River with the Fitzherbert bridge in the distance.
hortly after the 3km mark, running on Fitzherbert Avenue.
he turn around point clearly marked, but everybody followed each other to turn after the second cone leading to the little path on the left, which takes you to the other side of the bridge making us miss the route markers. The 10km runners went straight ahead for an additional loop around Massey campus.
Gerry, flying over the Manawatu River bridge on Fitzherbert Avenue.
We took a little hiatus from running since the T42. I just felt like I was running myself unfit, going slower with every run, which resulted in discouragement and general lack of commitment. We have entered for the Auckland marathon, happening at the end of October, and knew that we must get on the road soon, but the motivation was next to nothing. And with winter in full swing; rain, wind and generally cold unpleasant weather, just the thought of running made me run for cover. Continue reading