By Mike Mostert
Well a long 2020 has come to an end… As we all know been an tough one without any further mention
Now the Positives for 2020 for us walkers were as follows ….
- No more Black and broken nails
- Less aching muscles, especially the Gluteus Maximus region
- Less perspiration and rashes in all regions of our anatomy (no need for me to elaborate)
- No early mornings and hunting for parking close to the start line (you know who you all are)
- No pre-race nerves and butterflies
- No heat stroke and vest tans
Now that I have added some ray of sunshine to my report, let me continue.
The Bi-weekly Stella walks once restrictions lifted and protocols were in place, and the Virtual Larson Mixed time trial league which the walkers Stella Stars team took part in, you can look at it from both sides positively and negatively. Not racing in the league and doing it remotely took the pressure of racing others athletes on the dark streets off, and on the other hand religiously partaking in the league remotely during Lockdown was tough on your own and to motivate yourself to get out there before month end and do your time. That did not stop walkers doing a personal best during the November time trial.
Thank you to the loyal walkers for continuing to do your times each month and submitting it to event-timing, Once lockdown restrictions lifted, at the October time trial we were able to do it as a group, followed by celebratory drink upstairs and November league along the promenade was followed by breakfast and the high-light was been joined by our esteemed Chairman and his better half.
The virtual Results as follows,
Stella A came 2nd in the league with 3 points separating The Stella ‘A’ Stars with 1st place club, and 8 points Ahead of 3rd place club,
Stella ’B’ Stars came in 4th position which is an amazing achievement considering we had average of 5 walkers per month due to work commitments, working late, Injuries /operations -super job.
On a weekly basis, few walkers were even dogs are more than welcome have been doing 10-11km walk meeting at ‘Dave’s Prostitute corner’ at 06h30, and ending at The coffee Tree for well-deserved large double cappuccino, practically 2km before the end you can see Mike pick up the pace as he smells the coffee beans tickling his nose and chases off like a panting lion in hot pursuit of a petrified impala!
Before you all fall off for nap reading my report … I would like to make few special mentions and also name drop, sorry ladies:
Firstly a special thanks to Therese Hurley who dutifully took part in each of the time trials along with the walkers during lockdown and represented Stella in the 4km masters category and overall Stella A was placed 10th out of 20 teams, well-done T!
Secondly to Dot O’Leary who took the Stella walkers under her wing until lockdown, unfortunately kept Dot away and therefore had to train on her own in the morning. trust the New Year will see our special lady take over the helm once again.
Thirdly, and finally special thank you to Jocelyn Goodwin who assisted Dot in overseeing the group with dedication and poise and bringing the group together, rain did not keep Jocelyn away as she dutifully kept the diehard’s going, Thank you Jocelyn!
You are all an inspiration to me and I would like to mention you all personally, you all know who you special ladies are, a big thank you on behalf of myself and Stella club community.
I would like to wish you a safe an wonderful Christmas and may 2021 bring you good health and many personal bests and re-acquainted friendships.