Greetings all, well it seems our local harrier weather god delivered the goods once again. The weather forecast early last week was for rain on Saturday, Saturday dawned under grey skies and there was a definite hint of moisture in the air. But by 1:00pm the skies had cleared and the sun was shining, as over 50 people turned up, keen for a walk or run to kick off the 2017 Alexandra Harrier & Walkers club season. In fact if anything, it was a bit too warm with temperatures hitting the mid 20s.
Vice president Jo Wilson welcomed members to the new season before past president Ewan did his best to put his foot in his mouth explaining the different walking and running groups.
The W3 walkers set off to explore the Gilligans Gully area, whether they were looking for Gilligans island to leave some walkers stranded on, I’m not sure.
Meantime everyone else headed over the Shaky Bridge before splitting up. The W1s headed up the rock garden before heading over the hills towards Graveyard Gully. The W2s headed on down the Doctors Point track.
The runners also split into 2 groups, the slower group heading up the rock garden, along the water race to Tucker hill and return along the rail trail. The faster runners headed up past the poo ponds up the top to the road, before heading along the water race to Tucker hill and return.
A number of members were feeling a bit tired after opening day, plenty of exercise under very warm conditions. Just as well there was a cuppa waiting on return to Centennial Park as well as the option of further liquid refreshment at Monteiths.