Taieri Harriers report 28th August 2017
For the second time in this current season, the Taieri runners and walkers joined forces for a combined run and walk. On this occasion, the Pineapple track and the Ross Creek reservoir in Dunedin were the focus areas, with several large sized groups heading off in different directions, and at different starting times.
With a cool wind prevailing, all present were keen to get started, and hit the trails. Janice and Richard Finnie, along with Wendy Paterson, set off with the faster runners on the testing uphill section of the Pineapple track, a good running surface, meant they were able to keep the pack leaders in sight for the 90-minute duration of the run.
Following on at a more moderate pace, Pam Wyber, Jan Day, Mike Dooley and Tarryn Fahey, Marjorie Orr and Warren Nisbet, completed the challenge, albeit a bit more slowly, and with the odd walk on the steeper sections. All appreciated the run back down hill, after reaching the summit.
Tom Cockerill power walked in the wake of the runners, amazingly fresh after his effort in the Park run earlier in the day. An exceptionally large group of walkers headed for the Ross Creek reservoir, this was a refreshing change for the Taieri members, who all expressed their satisfaction for the opportunity to take in the well-maintained tracks and the natural bush beauty of the area. Lyn Mackay, Shirley Macmillan, and Rob Urquhart, accumulated distance of just under 10 km, with a walking time similar to the runners, 90 minutes.
A social hour followed with our hosts, the Caversham members, this capped off an enjoyable outing.