Ceal - I think we all want to see you race again - you do some awesome training!
Mick - I love the autumn colours too - here in Auckland, our seasons aren't as dramatic, but they are so noticeable overseas.
Diana - it is also a good thing that you have started your running in later years - so much to look forward to and see just what you can get out of yourself.
I went for a long walk on the Hilary trail yesterday with husband, son and Mae. Took a stick this time as I didn't want to fall. It's called a trail, but there is much scrabbling over trees roots, streams, mud, and holding on to things so you don't fall down a cliff!
The boys carried drinks and a few snacks for halfway where we reach a stand of huge Kauris - they used to use them for the masts of sailing ships. It is an awesome spot - very beautiful.
Came home and spent the rest of the day with the grand children. Avery beautiful sunny day - lovely start to summer though there was still a little chill in the wind.
I have cataract surgery on my right eye on Tuesday so am hoping I am going to see a lot more clearly afterwards. My driving might improve
Colin - my running is similar to yours. I too was inspired by Peter Snell, but it was the 1960 Rome Olympics. Snell, Halberg and Lydiard were part of the Owairaka club and that club just happened to be across the road from where I lived.
I quickly joined up as a 10 year old. I was hopeless at sprinting, but loved xcountry and as a young girl saw most of NZ representing Auckland in xcountry events.
I ran the first unofficial NZ xcountry for women held in Auckland in 1963. Millie Sampson won, and though still a child, I was second. Millie is in the world marathon rankings for women. She was a real pioneer in women's distance running.
I quit when I was 17 and started competing again at 27 after marrying, travelling, and having my first child. I went back to Owairaka and I am a life member.
In recent years I joined the YMCA for company and motivation - lovely to be with new runners trying to achieve their goal of finishing a marathon.
Last year I rejoined Owairaka as they wanted to try to revive the club again, but miss my old YMCA mates now.
Owairaka's track- the Lovelock track, named after NZ's famous Jack Lovelock,has just been resurfaced and there will be an official re opening of the track on 9 November.
And yes, John Walker, not Owairaka, but ran for another Auckland club, but coached by Arch Jelley (Owairaka) was the first person to run 100 sub 4 minute miles.
He set up a programe called "The field of Dreams" or something similar to help kids achieve their sporting dreams.
Graham - I wouldn't be checking on what he was up to either!
Can't believe you put in so much to help him with his project and he didn't even appreciate it.
Sounds like it is all about him, that's fine, but he shouldn't include others if he doesn't treat them well and he should realize that he wouldn't be able to do what he is doing without his supporters!!