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Saturday September 22nd, 2007

Greta Valley Relay - 22 September 2007
On a grey Christchurch Spring day, three Olympic teams headed north to Greta Valley and the sunshine to participate in the inaugural Greta Valley Marathon Relay which was held over a challenging and decidedly scenic circular route out to Motanau Beach and back. Run on a mixture of sealed and gravel roads, this new relay has no easy laps and does provide much discussion about the differing interpretations of words such as 'undulating' and 'roller-coaster hills', used in the lap descriptions. The Coughlan team was out to celebrate Paul's 35th birthday, although that is no excuse for the socks his father was wearing. The Coughlan team also managed the distinction of winning the prize for finishing closest to their estimated time. The Taylor team had a last minute withdrawal and honorary Taylor Karyn Balance deserves special mention for running two laps.

The women's team kept the Coughlan team honest in their grade. They also demonstrated the team support that makes a relay memorable. This new event on the calendar is one that deserves support.womens team

The Taylor team: Leroy Taylor, Stu Taylor, Toni Taylor, Judith Taylor, Robyn Duncan, Karyn Balance.

The Coughlan team: Paul Coughlan, Peter Coughlan, Jennett Coughlan, Alex Cook, Mark Sullivan.

The Women's team:Margaret Flanagan, Samantha Owles, Carol Glubb, Kay Bulbrook, Paula Duncan and Dianne Davis.

Report and photo by Margaret Flanagan


Sunday August 12th, 2007

Bill Hobbs Anniversary Race - 11 August 2007Olympic Club members
Bill in training
This 4 mile cross country handicap race held at Curletts Reserve, commemorated 50 years since Bill Hobbs arrived in New Zealand from England and first raced with the Olympic Harrier Club.

The testing but enjoyable course was set by Club President Alex Cook and incorporated an optional muddy water crossing a couple of fences and a few undulations.

Bill and his family provided a lavish afternoon tea that was enjoyed by all except the two lassies and young lad that had difficulties navigating from the course to the hall.

Bill was presented with a running singlet from his old English Club Thames Valley, kindly organized by Paul Coughlan.