Wednesday June 14, 2017
Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is back next year
Team “Fairy” crossing the finish line together as a team. By Dave Crampton
The successful Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is set to be back in Wainuiomata next year again after a successful three days – two which were sold out. The Challenge was held at the Boys Brigade Camp over three days, with primary school students on the first day, followed by secondary school students, and adults on the final day. It was the biggest ever event in Wainuiomata, said Events Promotions’ Registration Manager Jenna Keane - meaning more people got Hell Pizza vouchers as each of the 2800 who registered got vouchers. The venue and course is ideal with a hill, hurdles, a water crossing, plenty of parking – and plenty of mud. “It’s really, really, cool. [The cam] allows us to have obstacles all the time – all year around. John, who runs the Boy’s Brigade Camp, is awesome,” Jenna said. “We had people from as far away as Wanganui – and Freyberg in Palmerston North.” For the first time, each primary student who participated got a finishers medal and they
Team tui - DB Breweries after completing the challenge.
will do so next year too, Jenna said. For some, it was their first ever medal. “They’re there for participation – and they can hang them on their wall,” Jenna said. While the Auckland Tough Guy and Gal Challenge has grown from two weekends to six days over the years, there are no plans to lengthen the Wainuiomata event, at this stage. Should that change, a decision is unlikely to be made until next year. More schools are likely to enter next year as word gets out, and The Hits’ radio announcer Paul Hickey will again be on hand to entertain the crowds and be the Master of Ceremonies. The event’s increasing popularity nationwide means that those who want to enter next year’s events will have to do so early when registrations open next year, Jenna said. “The demand is really, really high, so you`ll have to get in quick to get in.” The Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is the countries original mud run series with events across the whole North Island including Hamilton last weekend and in Palmerston North, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Rotorua over the next three months.
Wainuiomata’s Finn Brew (centre) flanked by Xavier Jones from Wellington Harriers and Olympic’s Jack McNair Roberts after their event.
Higher placings for Dorne Cup athletes By Dave Crampton
Fifteen runners from Wainuiomata Athletic and Harriers Club competed in the annual Dorne Cup cross country event at Trentham Memorial Park in the weekend. There were great conditions on the day for racing, with a new course this year. Most Wainuiomata athletes were faster than last year, and got better results, club president Nikki Branniff-Jones said. The U13 team again did well, coming second overall this year, with Hanna Hoffman placed 8th and MacKenzie Winter 9th.
Both Joel Carman and Finn Brew were placed third in the U20 4km event and the U9 1km event respectively, with Cameron Forsyth 6th in the U13 2km event. Both Joel and Cameron are competing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country champs in Christchurch this weekend. The top four finishers for each club were the counting scores for the Dorne Cup, with Wellington Harriers taking out the women’s event, with four of the top six finishers. Wellington Scottish took out the men’s event and the top three placings - all within four seconds of each other.
Jean, Gareth and Yasmine are all smiles, happy and muddy. PHOTOS: Dan Taylor
Get Pumped Fitness Petone crew with their “pumped” pose.
with Jacob Page
Michael Venus we hardly know ye Michael Venus’ triumph in the French Open men’s doubles is one that should be recognised. In a busy period of sport with the America’s Cup, British and Irish Lions tour, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs and the Champions Trophy cricket competition (how terrible were the Black Caps in that?!) it’s easy to pass over Venus’ unbelievable achievement on the red clay. Sure, it’s the men’s doubles - hardly the glamorous singles draw but for a Kiwi to be in a tennis grand slam final, yet alone win it, is truly staggering. I’m not sure what this will do for Halberg Award chances, I’m not even sure if he is an individual nomination or a team one since his doubles partner is American Ryan Harrison but the result is still more worthy. The 29-year-old Aucklander has a strong serve for doubles but only has a career high singles ranking of 274 almost six years ago.
The crowd watching the final was sparse to say the least but a French Open crown in any format is not to be sneezed at. After all, far better players have been more highly touted in Paris and come away with nothing. Generally, my interest in New Zealand tennis is non-existent. I would love for a Kiwi to be relevant on the global circuit but they aren’t. Venus has done something and he should receive plenty of praise for it from the New Zealand sporting public. It’d be nice to see his public profile lifted and for New Zealand tennis officials to realise they have PR lightening in a bottle. Let Venus show off the trophy at schools and major events and see if we can’t inspire the next generation of Kiwi kids to take up the sport so it’s not such a long wait for the next grand slam trophy.
Published on Jun 13, 2017