A gorgeous, if cold, day that attracted seven hardy members (Rachael, Howard, Bev, Marshall,
Ross, Geoff and Paul). Cars parked to and from the scenic
bits had layers of frost on them and in the distance, Ian Galloway Park was a white sheet. It was a reminder of the saying, "There's no such thing as bad weather on a run, just inappropriate clothing." Memo: Pack a balaclava and gloves. We took 1h40 to cover a hilly12k.
Watch out for word on the next scenic run four weeks from now (Saturday, 28 June), likely in the hills west of Khandallah/ Johnsonville, led by the inimitable Ken Howell, fresh from exciting adventures abroad.
The dry-day plan is to start from the car park behind Cafe Villa (61 Ottawa Road, Ngaio), head into Ngaio Gorge (scenic), run through Wilton Bush to the Flax Clearing), flick up to the Skyline Trail (more scenery on good days) and eventually descend Bell's Track to Cafe Villa for optional coffee/brunch at the cafe. All up 1h45, more or less.
I tried this out on Sunday - the gale on the tops was horrendous. The windmills had been turned off.
The wet/windy plan is to keep off the tops and run more in the bush, covering a shorter distance. The terrain will be largely trails and farmland (yes, it also involves a bit of non-scenic tarseal).
Depending on numbers, we can perhaps sort ourselves into two groups at two speeds. A longer option is to climb to the top of Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill), cross over to the Skyline via the Karori Cemetery and head along the ridge to Bell's Track (possibly another 45 minutes).
We have been doing these scenic weekend morning runs for many years now - getting to know the area better. They are not intended as drag-out-until-you-drop runs. For me, the highlight is the talk on the run and at brunch.
More info from Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"E kore e mau i a koe he wae kai pakiaka." Or "You can't catch a person who is used to running over roots."