Nelson Leader : September 26th 2013
35 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 SPORT 5656562AA 14th-17th NOVEMBER HILARIOUS NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL music and lyrics Jeff Bowen book Hunter Bell director Jane Winter produced by Nelson Musical Theatre $20 Student $25 Adult (R14) for early bird discounts (before October 6th), call Ross on 027 445 5814 to get $5 off all tickets! [titleof show] 5581191AA Summer Soccer Open, Mixed & Family sections Starts October 21. Games played at 6.00, 6.45 & 7.30pm Entry $225 / Family $150 Entries close Oct 6th Register online at www.nelsonsuburbs.co.nz Six A-Side Soccer October 2013 - February 2014 SAXTON FIELD Splashing in: The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic is one of the country's most popular trail runs. Two decades on the trail of Abel Tasman The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic, born from a brainstorm at Nelson Chez Elco, hits its 20th birthday on Sunday. Back in the early 1990s, trail running was in its infancy, with the number of events happening in New Zealand able to be coun- ted on a few fingers. A few athletes were beginning to question their allegiance to tarmac and time-keeping, and Nelson enthusiasts Averil and Graeme West had had enough of marathons along the bitumen. Sitting in Nelson's Chez Eelco Coffee Bar one Sunday morning in 1993, along with Marie Lent- ing and Joanne and Greg Fraine, the 350 Year Cel- ebration banner of Abel Janzoon Tasman was spotted hanging on the Dutch proprietor's wall. That was enough to spark inspi- ration, and from there, one of the nation's most popular trail runs began. In September 1994 a sell-out 250-strong field lined up at Marahau but it was all but a disaster. A 100-year storm lashed Tas- man Bay that day, drenching runners on the way out, then making them sea-sick on the boat trip back. It was terrible,'' Averil says. We had all these runners wet and freezing and we got them straight on the boats headed back to Marahau. But the weather only got worse and the boats could not come back to get us. Here we are, the race organ- isers, stranded and huddled together until the bus arrived to take us back over the Takaka Hill.'' At least they weren't bored on the drive back to base because Graeme had a few'' calcul- ations. Finishers' times were requi- red for prizegiving an hour or so away . . . no swank portable computers were available in those days, with results all needing reconciling by pen and paper, made harder by the handicap starts. Most races would have been ruined but competitors that day looked past the obvious and saw the Coastal Classic for what it could be and they kept coming back. Three have survived'' since the beginning and Chris Gates, Owen Rowse and Colin Rolfe will line up for number 20 on Saturday. Barry Rowe will notch up his 15th, and four others -- Steve Clementson, Rob Blackburne, Gary Dick and Roland Meyer-- will each have 10 or more fini- shes to their credit. The organisers, Nelson Events, have had plenty of vol- untary support over the run's history with Motueka's Search and Rescue Team using the event as a valuable training exercise. Motueka Round Tab- lers man the aid and drink sta- tions and enjoy their weekend camaraderie. They will be back assisting the celebration as will 350-plus runners from all over the country plus a few venturing from overseas. They all signed up months ago for a race aimed at giving them what they want . . . simply a runners' reason for a weekend away and earning their stripes'' by completing the 40km journey from Totaranui back to Mara- hau along Nelson's jewel in the crown'' coast track.
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