Striders can go again in new event
The 917 runners and walkers who contested the 32nd Manawatu Striders half marathon yesterday should keep their shoes polished for November.
The Striders will stage their first Ashhurst-to-Palmerston 20-kilometre run and walk on November 23, using the walkway so that people can enjoy running or walking safely along the riverbank.
The club cancelled the Feilding-to-Palmerston North event because the roads have become too busy.
The club will put on buses to Ashhurst if there is a call for them and will provide a 10km option.
The finish will be at the Striders' clubrooms at The Esplanade.
■ Steve Rowe is back in New Zealand as general manager of Mediaworks New Zealand in the Waikato market. He was well known around Manawatu a few years back, when boss of the-then XS Radio.
Rowe is the father of New Zealand hockey player Melody Rowe, was president of the Manawatu Rugby referees, got rugby back on the airwaves and got things going ahead with Hockey Manawatu. He moved to Australia in 2001 to manage the ARN Adelaide duopoly, then moved to Melbourne to oversee more radio stations and more recently has been with Grant Broadcasters in Hobart for 14 months.
■ Palmerston North Boys' High School rugby referee James McPhail, an Opiki product, continues on the international sevens circuit as a Netherlands referee, leading into the Rio Olympics. He met a Dutch woman and moved to Amsterdam last year where he works as a civil engineer and has learnt the language.
The 28-year-old has been in Edinburgh this weekend where former international referee Tappe Henning is working to enlarge a group of world-class referees for the Scottish Rugby Union.
■ Some websites have been saying New Zealand Commonwealth Games road cyclist Reta Trotman was born in Erfurt, Germany.
Not the case! Trotman was born in New Zealand and proudly raised in Palmerston North but is now based in Erfurt. A former pupil at Awatapu College, Trotman lives in Germany riding with the Maxx-Solar women's team.
■ The Pride of New Zealand Awards' regional winners for the lower North Island were announced in Hastings last week.
It celebrated finalists from Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui and Wellington, and one of them was Palmerston North's veteran ultra-distance cyclist Colin Anderson. He was the fundraiser of the year, after raising more than $17,000 cycling for CanTeen, and goes to a national awards ceremony in Auckland next month.
■ It was a fine effort by the Palmerston North Boys' High School first XV to reach the Super 8 rugby final.
For many reasons, Hamilton Boys' High School keep winning the thing. The Boys' High second XV, coached by Brett Greer and Matene Love, were also runners-up to Hamilton, the only team they lost to.
PNBHS won the Super 8 hockey and the football team were runners-up.