18 January 2019


Its with a heavy heart that I thought I’d let the club know of the death of Max Kerrison, a former member of Orienteering Taranaki. Max had a low speed bike crash in a car park in Ohope and unbelievably, broke his neck.  The accident occurred on Saturday 12thJan and he died on Monday 14th Jan in hospital.

When I met Max he was beef farming in Mahoenui but would show up at club events most weekends and was too good a runner for most of the locals. He was a member of the club through the 1980s and 90s along with his three children. Around 1996 he moved to Hawkes Bay to farm apples.

Max was a great competitor and orienteer and represented NZ in both foot and MTB disciplines for as long as I knew him. Possibly he represented his country in elite and age grade events for 40 or more years.

I think we all have a person who has changed our lives through the inspiration that they provide and for both Annie and I, Max was one of those people. Both of us were new to running and orienteering and Max was our first coach, a task he did with a minimum number of words which was typical Max. “ Run on top of the dunes you’ll see more” comes to mind.

Max was a classic Kiwi hard man and I ran some of my early endurance events partnered with him. An Akatack in blazing heat when I ran out of water with an hour to go, Max just told me a bit of suffering would do no harm. We did two Kaweka challenges together and again his determination saw me learning how to suffer in silence.

After having a couple of hip replacements, Max was slower but no less determined, he started partnering Annie in National Rogaine champs in 24 hour adventure races and in other shorter adventure races. Annie’s chattiness and Max’s silence defined their partnership. Kayaking under very cold conditions in a gale on a lake in Qld, Annie explained in some detail to Max that it was time to chuck in the towel and seek shelter. Max’s one word reply was “NO”. (They had a good result)

Max was married two years ago to Ronnie and our heart goes out to her. It was a surprise to us to see Max’s soft side, but Ronnie brought that out in him and he was a happier man for it. Annie and I will miss Max and the adventures that we had with him over the years as will many others.

We’re so sorry to see him go. He made our lives richer.

Nick & Annie

08 December 2018

Christmas Social Event SATURDAY 8th Dec

Saturday 8thDecember 

Mass start of medium course at midday

Format:   3 Person TEAM  RELAY.  
Teams must have a combined age of  more than 85  or less than 40.     

There will be 3 legs Short (easy) , medium( harder ) and long (difficult)  with the medium leg  runners starting  first at midday
Expected average time for a team to complete the course is 1 hour.
There will be a couple of activities thrown in to keep you all entertained. 

Please can you let me know your teams by 5 pm Thursday  6thDecember so that I can have enough maps available.

If you are not able to find a team come along anyway and I will have a go at making up teams on the day.

As this is a social event bad weather will result in a cancellation!

Please note I have opted to run the event on a Saturday to allow all club members the opportunity to join in .
Email Team names to  : annie@sandersoncollins.co.nz
Also email if you are short a team member, or if you are a single wanting to join a team

Spring Rogaine series results

TeamSeason Total
Biking Men 
Not Thomas Graham9231
Cranky Peddles           2880
Biking Mixed 
Just Joy8450
Wobbly Wheels6120
Running Men 
G - Dogs5000
Thomas  & Will(not Hadley)4860
Running Mixed 
Stella Bond6390
Pepper + 24630
Jody & Emma4370
Walking Mixed 
Quality Time2500

07 December 2018

Frankley Rogaine results - updated

2018 Spring Series is now concluded. Thanks to the event setters: Simmo, Rainbow, Newton, Dave, Rick and Len. Thanks also the the Taranaki Orienteering committee for their support. Thanks to Rick and Mary for hosting the final event BBQ. We all hope to see all you participants at the Summer Series which will kick off in February. Anyone who wishes to contribute by setting an event should contact Len on 0274353092.
Cheers Len Rodenburg Orienteering Taranaki Rogaine Co-ordinator.

Biking Men 
Not Thomas Graham1420
Cranky Peddles           900
Simon & Keith1320
University of Otago1970
Biking Mixed 
Just Joy1570
Wobbly Wheels1050
Jonesey Plus1070
Day time / Night time1100
Running Men 
Jason's Beats1430
Running Mixed 
Stella Bond920
Oh Gosh660
Johnno & Lorna880
Jack & Charlotte1130
Sister Squad900
Stella Webby730
Walking Mixed 
Luna's Ladies630
Nick & Annie840

29 November 2018

Kawaroa Rogaine 28 Nov results

Walk Mixed
Marmite 430
Teachers Love Challenges 1170
Wattie 1260
Rupert 1070
Russ & Girls 830
Running Men
FDMC Weenies (Thomas Hadley) 2180
Flash 1200
G Dogs 1400
Morgans 1850
Steve 2120
Thomas & Will (not Hadley!) 1870
Running Mixed
Bowie Fans 1500
Cool Nmae 1350
Pepper +2 1330
Stella Bond 1550
Jack & Charlotte 1640
Annie 1180
Bike Men
Not Thomas Graham 2350
Sushi Rollers 1250
Naki Girls 2040
Just Des 2070
Biking Mixed
Isla 1890
Jaws 1700
Just Joy 2070
Wobbly Wheels 1510
Send Help 1040
Watermelon CD 810
Jonesey Plus 2370
Three Blondes 1720

28 November 2018

Congratulations Jason and Oak

Excellent results from the recent champs in  Aussie.