Sunday, May 1, 2011

O Nationals 2011

Easter for us is Orienteering Nationals. The annual gathering of our community from around New Zealand. This year the location was in the limestone hills south east of Havelock North, the Maraeototara plateau. The event dodged a bullet when the storm of the century arrived as we were leaving.

As usual I wasn't fit and somehow Penny at least appeared to be. A great effort considering all the hard work she has been doing to get through her paeditatric exams. While I was down in the bottom half of the top ten, Penny stared with a 4th (long), 3rd (sprint) and a victory in the middle. She was successful then in defending last years title and became New Zealand's second most "winningest" elite woman with seven titles.

I had some good battles with the likes of Brent. I am definitely going to get fit now though (I am sure Brent will too;-)

Great times though and an awesome reminder (and kick up the bum) about the great friendships and times we have had in orienteering, long shall they last.

5 comments:

Bob McKerrow said...

Hey Jamie. You've got the legs of a Rugby player. Yhe Hurricanes need players like you. You're in the wrong sport mate.

Congratulations to Penny.

I am very busy but enjoyed your last few postings on Olivines and Tararua. The Olivines is tiger country and had a few epics up there. I think we did a first ascent of Posidein or its neighbour in 1967 from Park Pass, I loved the Forgotten River, Cow saddle, Fohn Saddle etc. Magnificent country.

Keep the postings coming. Bob

Jamie said...

Hey Bob

Thanks for popping by. Busy? How hard could running a recovery project for millions of people be;-)

Yeah Aspiring is great. I wouldn't mind being a South Islander again.

And yes big legs. There ain't many 97kg runners around.

take care aye

Jamie

Bob McKerrow said...

JAMIE I WAS 97 KG PLUS WHEN i DID THE COAST TO COAST 3 TIMES. WOMEN LOVE STRONG LEGS, TO GO WITH THE STRONG PERSONAILITY.

Jamie said...

haha, geez is that why she is still around I was wondering what it was.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Jamie,
Congrats to Penny on a fantastic effort. You as well.
Could have used on the grid iron feild a few years ago mate.
Cheers,
Robb