Kindy kids welcome back adventurers

18:33, Feb 11 2013
Emily Gilbert and Sarah Bryce
BRAVE EFFORTS: Kowhai Kindergarten teachers Emily Gilbert, left, and Sarah Bryce were welcomed back from their Coast to Coast adventures in style yesterday.

A "daft" morning tea challenge turned into 12 months of tough effort for two Timaru kindergarten teachers, but the reward was worth it.

Sarah Bryce and Emily Gilbert completed their Coast to Coast adventures over the weekend and more are on the horizon.

Having spent the past year motivating each other and training in the hills around Waimate, they are keen to have another crack. Both women's goal was to "complete not compete" but the buzz of finishing has them back wanting more.

Gilbert said a year ago she could not run down the 250 metre drive of her home, so it was going to take some determination.

"I knew what I was up for as I did the kayak 11 years ago, but it was hard work."

Her team-mate had to withdraw after sustaining an injury in his rally car but a change in the rules introduced for the first time allowed the mother of three to just run Goat Pass and then complete the final bike ride into Sumner solo.


"I don't know how many people know you can do sections on your own but it is great. It is satisfying to complete your own goal."

Bryce had friend Gary Stevenson compete with her and she did the same sections as Gilbert. Both agreed rock hopping Goat Pass was certainly tough and both also had some extra distance to cover after losing their way.

"It was pretty spectacular when you got to the top," Bryce said.

Gilbert said a daft morning tea chat got them motivated.

"We were lucky to have each other, it worked really well."

That appears to be what will keep them motivated when they return next year, and the fact they now have a time to beat.

Yesterday they were also heroes to their kindy kids, who had put plenty of effort into welcoming their teachers back.

The Timaru Herald