The rain stayed away as forecast
but boy the southerly wind change that came through in the early morning was
strongly felt in the paddocks and sandhills of QEII.
The regular chocolate walk kicked
off at about 12pm and my bet was that young Daniel Du Toit would have won that
easily (with fastest time) as he has done with virtually every other walking race in the last 12 months
Around that same time as the race
walk started about 400 scouts and cubs were chowing down and enjoying
themselves after finishing a walk through the tracks of QEII starting at the
Paekak end of the park. The reward was rides on the electric tram and a visit
to the tram museum.
If you were at the park for the
walk races you would have seen yours truly running across the paddock to
retrieve a yellow plastic bag that was being blown away toward Raumati. The bag won which amused Geoff Henry and others
who were watching. In my defence I can only say that I have run faster and more elegantly in the
Meanwhile on the paddock the
harrier tents were going up and not without a struggle. The wind was nasty and
some quick engineering solutions were needed to stop some of them being blown
The programme started off with
the kids under 9's 1.2km scratch race. My observation is that some would have loved
while others hated it. I will let you know which is which when the New Zealand
Olympic athletics team is named in 15 years time or so.
The 3 other children’s scratch
races did a 3km loop and for the winners and place-getters in each age grade it
was a great way to get chocolate.
A lot of these kids will be
candidates for the Children’s XC Series races that was so ably promoted and
organised by Jo Murray. The good new is that Jo’s replacement will be starting
with Athletics Wellington very soon and I imagine that once this role is taken
up things will start to happen to confirm the dates and locations for the 2018
In the main relay race things got
off to a good start for the Scottish Men’s A team with Hamish Carson carving
out a big lead before hitting the dunes at the southern end of the course.
Nathan Tse led the charge for
WHAC A with the Scottish Masters and Scottish B teams close behind. The rest is