Fun and fitness joined together
Awhina Te Wake epitomises what tomorrow evening's Clubs of Marlborough AvantiPlus women's duathlon is all about.
She's a first-time competitor, is extremely excited, although a little nervous about competing in her first multisport event and has no great expectations regarding an overall race time.
The event starts with an 800m run/walk from the riverbank adjacent to the Clubs of Marlborough building followed by a 5.5km cycle along the Taylor River bank, emerging onto Taylor Pass Rd and travelling to the transition point at Rifle Range Pl at the Wither Hills farm park carpark. From there it's a 5km run/walk along the base of the Wither Hills to Weld St and return, then the return 5.5km cycle and a 200m run/walk to the start/finish line.
Te Wake's boss at Blenheim Palms Motel, Martin Summerscales, can take credit for her taking part.
"He inspired me to do it. He's been training for some time for a big mountainbike event. He talked about how good it was to do an event. I saw it advertised at AvantiPlus and thought I might as well give it a go."
While her training has not been of marathon-type intensity, it doesn't have to be and she has done enough training, running and cycling to feel confident she can get the job done.
"I've enjoyed the training part. The people I went out with were all beginners. My goal is to participate, get some fresh air, have a good time and meet other ladies.
Event organiser, Andrea Waldron, the Clubs of Marlborough fitness centre manager is pleased with the response to the inaugural event, which was sparked by female supporters of the equivalent men's La-Z-boy duathlon wanting something to strive for.
"We've targeted beginners," Waldron said. "We did a seven-week training programme to introduce people to it. It's all about having a go. We don't record placings but we do have a timing clock so people can see how they went and we do recognise the winner with the most outstanding effort award."
There are plenty of spot prizes and each competitor gets to enjoy sponsored bubbles and cake at the prizegiving afterwards.
So far, more than 70 entries have been confirmed.
Entry is $20 and any profit will go to St Johns.
The Marlborough Express