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Friday November 7th, 2008

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that I write this message to let you know that Yvonne died this afternoon. She leaves a huge gap. She put her heart and soul into being a wife and mother. She put energy and determination into being a top class runner. We will miss her warmth, her camaraderie and her friendship.



Monday September 22nd, 2008

69th Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay

club members racing
Yet another year and another relay. The weather co-operated and the breeze meant the midges were merely an occasional pest. The highlight of the day for our Club was Ron Stevens leading his O50 Team to victory on his 50th running of this historic event. Our Masters Women and Mens Teams were second in their grades and our composite Team was 4th in the Mens C grade. The big surprise of the day was the Hilltop Tavern being closed when we all pulled up for the traditional after match debrief.



Monday September 15th, 2008

The Greta Valley Relay
Margaret and Katherine
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The second running of the Greta Valley Relay could not have happened on a better day. What an antidote to all those Saturdays through the winter when it seemed like the weather was a bigger challenge than the other runners!

This relay deserves to be more popular. The course takes you through scenery you would want to show a tourist. The view of the sea as you get to the top of the last hill on Lap 2 deserves a postcard all of its own. Run on a mix of sealed and gravel roads, this event is a great warm-up for Takahe to Akaroa, as each lap has hills and some have flat stretches.

This year we could appreciate the effects of the wet weather on North Canterbury as we wound past slips and drove tentatively past a missing chunk of road. Lambs and bird life were plentiful. The post-race hospitality at the Greta Valley Tavern is worth sampling. Olympic had 4 teams entered. All performed with distinction given that we were all wearing a pink Canteen bandana to support Yvonne. All profits from the event will be given to her Trust Fund. It is a 60 minute drive from Christchurch, so let's see if we can have 5 teams next year.

Tuesday September 9th, 2008

Greta Valley Marathon Relay
Four teams represented Olympic at the Greta Valley Marathon Relay on Saturday 6 September. Running conditions were ideal, the day was fine and the after effects of recent rain kept the dust away on the unsealed laps.

Olympic runners wore pink bandannas in a show of support for Club mate Yvonne Evans and funds raised from the event will go to Yvonne and her family, to help them with their battle with cancer.

A fun time was had by all and although Cookie had to withdraw from the Coughlan team at the last minute (due to putting his back out), although he still managed to support his team with a cheery smile.

Thank you to Mike Riley and his team at North Canterbury Athletic Club for organising the event. A tough one but a good one. Put it on your calendar for next year.

Thursday September 4th, 2008

Canterbury Road Championships - 16 August 2008

Canterbury Road Champs

The 2008 Canterbury Road Champs were notable for the fine day and the absence of trees on one side of the course. At least that made a change for those runners who find Landfill Road a boring course. One advantage of a loop course is that you can always see who is catching you and you do at least get to see who is winning at regular intervals.

It was terrific to see the large numbers of young runners in the early events. Did any of you spot a little lady with the surname of Molina? She has a great athletic pedigree.

Fields seemed a little down, especially in the Senior Women's race, which had all of two competitors. There were more in the Masters event. The wearers of the red singlet had a good day, all enjoying the fact that they were not running in horizontal rain as they had done on the previous Saturday.

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