Saturday, March 19, 2011

11: Motatapu 2011

Last weekend, Him Outdoors and running partner CJD set off to defend their title of Motatapu Adventure Run winners. This meant they had to race 49km with 2,790m climb, while a select crew (that's us and a helicopter pilot) flew above the beautiful tussock-clad peaks to support them.

We took our support duties seriously - look, we even have pom-poms!

Those little dots weaving their way up Rose's Saddle are our boys, so we did the decent thing and stopped to cheer them on.

It was very exciting as they emerged from the mist in the lead.

What did Rose do here to have this saddle named after her, we wondered?

And then they were off, disappearing into the landscape...

The second team crested the hill seven minutes later, and yes, she is towing him up on a bungy cord.

The cloud cover burned off and the day turned out to be a hot one as we continued to follow their progress from above.

We stopped again for the serious business of a picnic lunch - a platter from the Mediterranean market and a couple of bottles of bubbles - otherwise known as 'still life with pom-pom'.

Oh yes, and there are the boys, struggling away through the river crossings but still in the lead. We cheered on the next three teams as well - we are thinking of setting up a business; Pom-poms and Paparazzi. What do you think?

Back in the big bird...

One more quick supporting stop before heading back to the finish line.

Him Outdoors and CJD crossed the line in first place, successfully defending their title. They were exhausted with probably a touch of heat stroke, but thrilled to be finished. I'm sure we're all very proud of them and happy to have another great day!

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