There wasn’t a whole lot of sunshine in Alexandra last Saturday so around 40 members jumped on the bus in the hope the sun would be shining at Northburn , just north of Cromwell. So it was a bit disappointing to be under cloud all the way ,sunshine hinting in the distance.
Well about 40 members turned up for a local outing from the Alex Bowling club at Molyneux Park on Saturday. It has been a grey old cloudy winter so far this year , so some weak sunshine breaking through the clouds helped to brighten the day.
For those of you who listened to Ewan last week and turned up to Fruitlands, you would have been quite lonely down there on your own. That’s because a turnout in the mid-40s went to Waikerikeri Valley for a wander around there.
Last Saturday was a bit cloudy as the harriers ventured up to McArthur Ridge for a romp around the vines. Despite the steady headwind when heading out, it soon became a tailwind, blowing many members back to afternoon tea a bit earlier than planned.
Well it seems I need a new job that doesn’t interfere with my harrier days, as I was unable to make it again on Saturday. But I was not alone in not making it to harriers, but then it was a cold drizzly old day all over Central.
Well, we turned on a stunning autumnal day, blue skies and sunshine at Oturehua on Saturday after a frosty start to the morning. We had just one seat spare on the bus out, an older bus that struggled up over the Ophir hill, bringing back memories of old Billy the Bus.
Saturday 14 October 2017 was a typical spring day, warm one minute, cool the next, couple of spots of rain, that then disappeared just as quickly as it appeared. It must have been the final Harrier outing for 2017 season then.
Well, we may be in Spring but winter wanted one last brush, with fresh snow on the mountains and a lazy southerly breeze for our outing last Saturday. This did not deter around 40 members turning up at the Alexandra Bowling Club for a local wander.
Well, it seems our local weather god is on a roll. Despite wet weather forecast earlier in the week, it turned out to be a cracker spring day, 18 degrees. Just about warm enough for a cool off in Conroys Dam after a walk or run in the area.
Well last week’s email I just made up, guessing one group was late back. And surprise, surprise if I didn’t get it right, one of the walking groups was late back. At times harriers can be quite predictable.
Saturday morning was cloudy and cool, but by Harrier time ,just after 1:00pm the skies cleared and the sun made an appearance for a walk or run in the Waikerikeri Valley. Not that it was super tropical, but the sun did create the illusion of warmth.
Saturday was down as a mystery outing and so it proved. It had been brought forward from June as the landowner was concerned it could be icy underfoot then. So it was ironic being brought forward to May and a rogue snowstorm blows through on Friday night.
After battling metre deep snow drifts they eventually battled their way to Alexandra for a welcome cuppa. (well ok , there were no metre deep snow drifts but there were patches of snow around ). Most decided it was much easier going Roxburgh to Alex direction.
Most groups headed up the side of the lake, the W3s continuing on up towards Pisa Moorings. The W1s headed up Lowburn valley and up onto the Sugarloaf. The W2s and runners headed on up the 45th parallel walkway onto the Sugarloaf.
4 carloads of 15 or 16 members headed out at 11am, heading up to one tree hut for lunch, before heading on up to Castle Rock, before dropping back down to the Earnscleugh cave and return. The following would suggest John had his GPS turned on.
For the rest of the membership, it was all hands to the deck, setting up race registration, traffic control, drinks stations,finish area and afternoon teas by most members, so no time for walking / running..
From just 24 the previous week at Bendigo, this Saturday saw about 60 members turn up at Como Villa for lunch. Probably about 30 members turned up at 11am for a walk over the tailings or a run up the river track.
What more could we ask for ? Maybe a bit less of a head wind. Yes it was breezy and there seemed to be less talking than usual going on. Perhaps some were worried if they opened their mouths too far, their pants would blow off.
he runners took in the terrace area towards Clyde whilst the faster runners explored some sheep tracks further up the ridge, deciding that if they were the same height as sheep, the run would have been much easier.