Newsletter June 2018


Well, it seems about time for the Run Walk Hawkes Bay June Newsletter. Of course, you are not dependent on the newsletter to keep up to date with “what’s happening” in the Club. Our website, Facebook pages and notice boards are a mine of information.

As we are into winter, may I make a plea that when running or walking early morning or at night then please wear a reflecting vest or gear that enables you to be seen. Also, keep a wary eye out for vehicles backing out of driveways etc.

Joff Hulbert



In the year Brian Steele stood down as the organizer (his feeble excuse was that he’d had a hip replacement of a replacement hip) the skies let rip with a torrential downpour. A decision was made to alter the course to an almost mile around the streets surrounding the Havelock North Pavilion. Only a few hardy souls ventured out.

Despite the absence of numbers, a superb breakfast was cooked by the Hastings team. Has to be my favourite breakfast of the year; yum all those mushrooms etc.

The amazing Lada Trophy was this year presented to Robyn Galloway.


At Rotorua this year, Robyn Wolfsbauer in what has been described as her final marathon (hmm where’s that Tui Billboard) was 6th woman. Derryn Hutchinson was 2nd male in the half marathon walk.

Derryn followed that up with a 1st male walker in the Sotheby’s Hawke’s Bay half marathon walk. Sherry O’Sullivan and John Rhodes also went well in the half. Joff managed to finish the marathon walk and was rumoured to have uttered: “don’t like this course”. Paul McGettigan was 1st in the 10km walk.

The event was held in very good conditions. The following day, the day of the Mothers’ Day Mile, was appalling.

I’m not convinced there is a requirement for a walk section in this event. Walkers are not recognised nor is there any scrutineering of style.

The entertainment along the route and crowd encouragement certainly add to the overall experience. As in past years, the course is well traffic managed, signposted and water stopped.

Then 2 weeks later Derryn was 2nd in the Manawatu half marathon.

I understand some will be venturing to the Wellington half marathon in July.


Sadly we have farewelled Malcolm and Lynne Walker who have emigrated to Auckland. Leaving shortly for Whitianga is Viv Bramley.

All the best in your new endeavours. No doubt we will see you back here in the ‘Bay from time to time


A great night organised by Sue Floyd was enjoyed by 47 of us a few weeks back. Good food, good service and very good value and it’s encouraging being served by young adults learning their trade.


The social calendar for the second half of the year has been finalised and sent to members. We are having a few more combined Napier and Hasting Branches Sunday morning car boot cuppas and snacks. The first one is 24 June at Te Mata Peak at the car park. Roger and Barbara Hooker will be the tour guides. Keep an eye on the calendar as we have something on each month.


Most subs have now been paid, thank you. For those who are still to pay please either pay on line or give the sub to Bernie in Hastings or Joff in Napier. It does help us if you fill out the “details” form so we can ensure we have your correct contact details.


Yes we are a club with an aging membership and the following was sent to me by one of our not so old members:

The Hypnotist at the Old Folks’ Home

It was entertainment night at the Old Folks’ home.
After the community sing-along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show –

Claude the Hypnotist!

Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance.
“Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time,” said Claude.
The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket, a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.

“I want you to keep your eyes on this watch,” said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see.
“It’s a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations,” said Claude.
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting,


The audience became mesmerised as the watch swayed back and forth.
The lights were twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.
A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.

They were hypnotised.

And then suddenly, the chain broke!!!

The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact.

“SHIT,” said Claude.

It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens Centre.

Claude was never invited there again.


I’ll do another one around September – any items of interests you think should be included forward them to me.

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