Extreme postie just 17km short of his mark

PETER LAMPP & GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 21/01/2013

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OPINION: Fortunately for extreme cyclist Colin Anderson, he is off his work as a Palmerston North postie until Thursday after his gruelling weekend where he set a world mark for riding 24 hours on the track at Johnston Park, Feilding.

The 65-year-old, who we should call Postie Plus, had hoped to ride 650 kilometres and afterwards tried to convince us he was aged 63 after riding 633km.

Often he rides home after such marathons but this time the strong winds made it particularly tough.

As a cancer survivor, he was happy to raise a few more dollars for CanTeen.

Anderson had every right to be disappointed that his effort, which drew big numbers of supporters and cycling adherents, was not included by the powers in the 33 Days of Cycling. Fair call. His start time was delayed 37 minutes on Saturday because a power generator had to be procured after thieves had stolen copper fuses from the fuse box at Johnston Park.

■ Trent Munn looks destined to follow his older brother into New Zealand Golf teams of the future.

Manawatu Golf Club member Trent became the national under-19 champion at Hamilton on Friday.

A member of the New Zealand development squad, Trent was fourth in the same event last year and in the LawnMaster Classic where he might be a threat to the professionals next month.

At Hamilton, caddies weren't permitted but whenever Munn was on the putting green he spotted his father, Steve, watching pensively in the background.

■ Memorial Park had one of its more high-profile spectators last Wednesday with All Whites and Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert looking on from the stands.

He was there to watch the Phoenix A team play YoungHeart Manawatu, or more specifically striker Paul Ifill.

It wouldn't have been a good week to be watching any of the Phoenix teams though, with the second-stringers losing 3-1 to Manawatu, before the senior side were thumped 7-1 in Sydney on Saturday.

■ Premier club cricket was cancelled on Saturday because the pitches had been left uncovered and it was too wet to play at Manawaroa Park. Even though it wasn't the wettest week, the pitches were left uncovered and the matches couldn't be moved to artificial pitches.

It was the second day of the first round round of two-day matches, with teams awarded first-innings points.

Old Boys, United and Palmerston North Boys' High School picked up first innings points after having slender leads from the first day last week.

■ One of the easier bowls competitions gets under way this week with Palmerston North's Mates in Bowls social league starting on Wednesday.

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It is the first round of the six-week competition, starting at 5pm and Palmerston North are looking for teams of four to enter. The Aussies run another version known as Barefoot Bowls.

- Manawatu Standard

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