Rodney Times : February 8th 2011
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Round the Bays is the way to go says Olympian By JUSTIN LATIF Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500-metre runner will be racing in Christ- church on February 26 and says registering for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thou- sands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or treadmill,'' he says. Willis says running is an easy sport to get into. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually any- where,'' he says. Willis will be presented with his silver Olympic medal at the Christchurch athletics event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was disqualified for testing posi- tive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is one of the world's largest events of its type with nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. This year's event starts at 9.30am. Registered runners get a number and a personalised certificate recording their time. Go online to www. roundthebays.co.nz for entry details. Go to www.rodney times.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Life saved on journey Home safe: Six lifeguards made it home after circumnavigating the country in Inflatable Rescue Boats. By CARALISE MOORE SIX lifeguards set a New Zea- land record circumnavigating the country in Inflatable Res- cue Boats, and performed a rescue along the way. The team, which includes leader Ash Matuschka of Waimauku and fellow Muriwai Beach lifeguard Andrew Lancaster, finished at Auckland Viaduct yester- day afternoon after travelling 5200km in 34 days. They were joined by Auckland-based Jason Har- vey, Blake Ingram, Matt Bus- well, and Antony Morgan of Papamoa. It was an awesome way to celebrate 100 years of surf life saving,'' Ash says. On Sunday, we happened to be on a remote beach on the East Coast that we weren't even planning to stop at when a young guy ran up to us saying his girlfriend was stuck in a rip,'' he says. He couldn't help her and his dad tried and got into a bit of trouble himself.'' Two lifeguards went to her rescue. By the time we picked her up she was breathing some of her last breaths,'' Ash says. If we hadn't been there she wouldn't have survived. It was a case of being at the right place at the right time. Even just being a part of that made the entire trip worth it.'' The team left the Auckland Viaduct on January 5, expecting the 32-leg trip would take 40 days. A motor- home and support crew fol- lowed. It averaged eight-hour days at sea but the longest day stretched to 14-and-a-half. There were times where we were exhausted,'' Ash says. Thankfully there were no serious injuries. We just felt strained being out on the water for so long. At times boredom started to set in, so we sang and seemed to manage it.'' Ash says a memorable moment was being met by hundreds of dolphins while coming into Fiordland. I've never seen that many in my life. It was like they were saying: Welcome to Fiordland'.'' Another highlight was pull- ing into a small cove on Stew- art Island for lunch. It was a beautiful place and we enjoyed lunch with a sea lion. It was so remote.'' Hospitality from surf clubs around the country blew them away. Ash is looking forward to his own bed after sleeping in different beds for more than a month.
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