Happy Stridors and the Halcombe Relay

Saturday August 5th the team "Happy Stridors" consisting of Christine Wick, Karen Yule, Lynda Hartley, Lyn Honner, Val Holden and Liz Hanson took part in the Walkers Relay

What a glorious spring day we all met up at Bob and Barbaras at the pre arranged time then car pooled out to Halcombe where we walked to warm up and then to have our team photos taken by Bob and Barbara. Other teams arrived in drifts and drabs and then we had our pre event address by Robb Dabb organisor and given our start times and a safety debrief .

It was good to see teams from other regions eg Taranaki and Wanganui  taking part

Liz and Kevin were the first from the Stridors Teams to start at 1115 hrs along with two women from a Taranaki team in the walkers section according to the handicap times

One couldn't have wished for better walking conditionsthe sun was shining clear blue sky minimal breeze and spectacular countryside scenery with snow covered mountains in the background

Three of us completed our individual laps a bit quicker than the estimated time but the other three did well to come close to their estimated times .  Total time to complete the relay circuit 4 hours 15 minutes

Lynda and Karen joined our team this year a first appearance for Lyndalap time 39minutes 44 seconds and Karen joined our team for the first time lap time 45minutes 58 seconds

We all had fun plus some unplanned entertainment when Val unwittingly drove too far off the side of the road and got stuck in the boggy grass. With help from the "girls" and "boys" from "Bobs Mob" pushed her out to terrafirma amongst a lot of amused looks and laughter

Many thanks to Bob and Barbara Hartnell for all their help and organization and for being our team photographers plus support team on the day

Special thanks to Robb Dabb and Feilding Moa Harriers for putting on such a wonderful event and for providing the refreshments at the end of the day which always goes down a treat

Thank you to the Stridors Committee for providing each team with a grant to assist with covering costs incurred

To the" Happy Stridors" Team a huge thank you for being such good sports and helping to make it a fun wonderful day

Liz Hanson"Happy Stridors" team member 2017