Sunday, February 27, 2011
Currently Striders have a well attended Sunday ride that meets every Sunday morning outside the police station. This very fit group of cyclists assemble at 7.30am and usually ride for three hours . They usually have a course of about 60 to 90 kms and at the end the group meets at Santeez cafe for some social time and rehydration. They are quick!
On 20th March Striders will launch a new 8am riding group that is specially designed to cater for cyclists who are new to road cycling and want a group that will cycle at a more relaxed pace. The first part of the ride will involve a shorter loop that will return to Kerikeri town after about 1 hour. If you are new to cycling on the road – the first hour may be enough and you could leave the group there. The ride will however normally keep on going for another hour or two after that to the many and various destinations we have.
The main focus of this “Traditional Sunday Ride “ will be a ride at a pace that everyone will be able to handle. If you must go really fast you will be encouraged to join the 7.30 group. If you need endurance and a relaxed friendly conversational paced group , the 8am group will be the right group for you. This may be the perfect group to join if you want to begin a gradual build-up to get fit and head off in late November to participate in the Lake Taupo cycle challenge.
Striders is launching a sea kayaking group to cater for the growing number of people who have sea kayaks and would like to build skills and experience and be part of a group. Northland is blessed with some of the best coastline for sea kayaking in New Zealand and it is well overdue that we offer sea kayaking as one of the things we do. Initially we anticipate that this group may meet on Saturday’s at Opito bay for some group paddles. We will have organised skill building sessions , Eskimo rolling training, rescue techniques and some overnight expedition options on the program.
Monday, November 1, 2010
We have had a fantastic start to our season. It is good to see so many keen young Athletics- remember new and returning members are always welcome - come along and join our friendly club! The aim of the club is to foster, promote, encourage and assist athletics activity of every kind and to promote the sport of athletics. We cater for Children ages from 5 to 13.
Our first couple of weeks has proven to be very successful with lots of fun skill sessions, which will be put into practice at our first Competition club night Wed 8th November. There are Ribbon Days coming up if children would like to compete against other clubs in Northland. To come and join us or to find out more information we meet every Wednesday 5pm @ the Kerikeri High School Fields.
See you there
Cara & Paula
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Racing started at 11 o’clock, with the Senior Men’s team (Rhys Felton, Ben Fewtrell, and Jonny Martin) and Junior Men’s Team (Reuben Cane, Sam Pickering, and Michael Dowdle) hitting the track first. The aim of the race is to complete as many laps as possible of an 8km track as a team, each lap tagging your teammate, and allowing them to shoot off for the next lap as you pass by the campsite, and giving you a much needed rest. The men’s teams race for 3 hours and the women, for 2 hours. After 3 hours of intense racing, recording times and lying exhausted on the ground after a lap, the race was over and the results were in. The Junior Men came 12th in their division (Juniors), and 38th overall, with the Senior Men coming 14th in the Seniors, but 16th Overall. The real winners (literally) were the Junior Women’s team, (Rachel Martin and Olivia Wadman) who won their race, carrying off the trophy for the Junior Women National Relay Title, having a close battle against Howick College, and Fielding High School, who claimed silver and bronze.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
He has been having a go at track and rode in his first track carnival this week after the Yunca Junior tour. The Yunca wasn't a particularly good tour for him but he had a really good last day and the selectors are still happy with him.
He has now ditched his U17 gearing as that was the last race he had to do on that gearing and so he can move onto U19. He had great pleasure in removing those enormous heavy cassettes!
He is looking promising as a team pursuiter or points race rider on the track. He has been riding his cousins bike but he has had to give that back so we are on the lookout for a cheap option for him. There are some club bikes he can ride in the meantime.
The Dunedin tour last month was a disaster as he crashed in the first stage. That was the weekend that Invercargil had all the snow so we missed the worst of the weather but conditions for racing in Dunedin on the Saturday were grim with rain and sleet. He realised afterwards that he had his tyres on backwards which doesn't help them grip in the wet. So he only rode about 7 kms of the first stage and then he was out with a damaged wheel and a grazed hip.
The boys were very excited to come back to the farm under about 6 inches of snow and spent the monday (I kept them home as the roads were dodgy) having snow fights and towing each other around the paddocks on a fertiliser sack behind the quad. The mud was pretty yuck after the melt though and we did lose a few cows from being stuck in the mud and being cold and wet.
We have had a week of billets staying here for Yunca including his coach from Whangarei and Mathew has enjoyed having his development squad mates here with him. Boy can they eat!
Anyway he will get back to you soon. Hope you are all well. We think of the striders often and do get the emails from Graeme Rye.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The motion- as previously advised in writing to move ahead and merge the rowing club within the striders family for passed unanimously.
The attendance was simply stunning.
We are moving forward and as a first step we will be getting some tables and chairs for the clubrooms and it will be the regular meeting place for striders functions. We will start having our regular exec meeting there. Carl Robinson is presently organising a social function at the rooms, maybe a pot luck dinner type thing – more news soon.
Friday, October 1, 2010
The promised fine weather was as predicted for the foray over to the black rocks and a small flotilla of sea kayaks left the beach at just after 9am. We had a local kayak enthusiast , Pete McGhee , lead the way off to do some rock hopping and to explore a cave on the way. Crossed over Kent Passage and made our way up the rocky northern coast of Moturoa Island. Some fantastic fluted volcanic rocks make this area stunning and the kayak has got to be the best way to see it.
Sue, Andy, Chris and Barb Stevenson, Jonny Martin,Geff Dunn, Pete Mc Ghee and Ueli and Me
After a stop at the northern tip of Moturoa- time for a brew up and a bit to eat - we all made the more direct route straight back to Opito Bay - a fast paddle home. In all a 3 half hour trip and much enjoyed by all.
Keen to try a local-ish multipsorts challenge??? ( Thanks Geff Dunn)
Multisport event in Northland on 14/11/10 - Rodney Coast Challenge - run 10 cycle 30 mtb 24 kayak 8, individual or teams of 2-3-4. A fund-raiser for the local scout group, 500+ competitors last year, a really enjoyable event, competitive but not too high-tech. Several striders taking part this year. See website. Good training for Northern Crossing.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Allerby Dean and Grant
Graham Sue &paul
Robinson Family C
Van Bruchem C
de Klerk Bradley
Wilson thomas , lily,darcey