March 2018 Newsletter

It seems like forever since I’ve done one of these, and this may be the last time, as with my rare attendance on Sunday’s I’m feeling a bit out of touch, so Stan and Wim will be carrying on with these reports, however, I’m sure if one of you expressed an interest in helping out they’d be keen to hear from you.

Before I pass on Wim’s notices from the committee meeting, I thought I’d better remind you, that next weekend is not only Easter, but also the end of daylight saving (on Sunday 1st April) – as it’s autumn it’s “Fall back”, so put your clocks backwards, so if you get it right, you should get an extra hours sleep Sunday morning.  (or an extra hour to find your easter eggs…) before you roll up to the Sound Shell at the Botanic Gardens at 8.30am – see Wim’s notice below re 1 April.

Fem’s next corrective exercise session – is on the 8th April, starting at 10:30am. Please be prompt. So come along and join in.  A reminder email will be sent out earlier in the week.

So onto Wim’s notices:

Everyone who turned up to Otari-Wilton on the 18th was treated to a spectacular day, which shows up in the great photos posted.  We encourage people to keep telling their running and walking stories on our facebook site.

Thanks to Judith for organising a meeting of the pack leaders early in March. Some excellent suggestions including

  • training for specific events
  • how to keep our routes fresh and interesting
  • dealing with the logistical challenges of getting to the ASB on Sundays
  • special events such as Movie nights (in the works!), dinners, picnics etc
  • more frequent communications to members

ASB is not available on Sunday 1 April, so we invite members to turn up at 8:30am at the sound shell in the Botanical Gardens on Easter Sunday.

Bus trips for 2018 are in the calendar.  The next one is to Waitarere on Saturday 14th April. It was an excellent outing last year, and we hope it will be just as good in 2018. Sign up for that trip at

Trophies from 2017 are being engraved and we expect to have a little ceremony one Sunday in April to hand those out. 

Stan has done an article called:  “The Eccentricities of Alfredsons”.  It’s about the Alfredson Protocol to help overcome Achilles Tendonopathy.  Click here to have a read – I’m sure this will be applicable and of interest to a number of you.

And, Judith wasn’t able to pull her article together in time, but has sent in a recipe for healthy balls for you – if you can keep your minds out of the gutter you might like to give them a try…!!!   Also, if you want to do some extra exercising, Judith runs a woman’s group session on a Wednesday evening, 6pm at Kilbirnie Park (on the park at the back of the pool – so you can park in the carpark opposite St Pats sports fields), it’s about 40 – 45mins, relaxed and fun – she’s happy for you to come and have the first session free so you can try it out.  She is getting her website set up (, but it’s either not gone live yet, or I’m too internet illiterate to find it….(probably the second option there!).

Carrot Cake balls
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice (you can buy this at Common sense Organics if you can’t find in supermarket)
6 dates, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoon rice milk (or milk of your choice)
Put the oats, puffed rice, dates, carrot, vanilla essence, cinnamon, chia seeds into a food processor and blend until combined.  Add the milk and blend to a smooth paste.  (NB – you might need more than a tablespoon of milk!)
Use your hands to form the mixture into balls (a bit smaller than a golf ball) and place them on a tray in the fridge.  Allow to set for at least an hour.  Can be stored then in an airtight container in the fridge.  Makes 8-10 balls – 2 balls per serve.
And that’s about it I think.  Good luck if you’re heading to Waitarere.
Have a good Easter and we’ll see you around


A celebration to remember David Colquhoun
Died March 18, 2018

You are invited to join David’s family and friends for afternoon tea at his home:

431 High Street South
between 1.00 and 5.00 pm on Sunday April 8th.

Anyone who has known David is welcome, so feel free to pass on the invitation.

RSVPs to the sender by April 1 would be helpful.


Please park on High Street or a nearby side street.
David’s house is down the drive, second-to-last on the left.

Jo Newman

Phone: 0064 4 385 2254
Mobile: 0064 27 7577 984

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