Conker Smash­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

The cham­pi­onships be­gan in 1965 af­ter a group of peo­ple in Ash­ton, Northamp­ton­shire, Eng­land held a conker con­test be­cause the weather was too bad to go fish­ing. Up to 300 con­tes­tants come to chal­lenge each other. What is a conker? It is a nut of the horse ch­est­nut tree, which is threaded onto a piece of string. The aim of the game is to smash your op­po­nent’s conker. Since 1965, conker play­ers from around the world have gath­ered on the vil­lage green to com­pete for the world ti­tle. The male cham­pion is crowned King Conker, and the women’s cham­pion is Queen Conker. Prior to the last cham­pi­onship char­ity event, 2283 conkers of the re­quired 1.25-inch width were col­lected, drilled and strung for the game by Ash­ton Conker Club of­fi­cials. The Coral Coast Triathlon which I will ride 40km and then a week later The Cairns Iron­man where I will ride 90km. I’m look­ing for­ward to rid­ing the Cap­tain Cook High­way with no traf­fic. It will be tough but it will be a beau­ti­ful ride. It is re­ally just a great at­mos­phere. It is alot of fun be­ing part of a team. I re­ally like to watch the tal­ented ath­letes who com­plete it on their own and also the peo­ple who just get in­volved and give it a go. It is fan­tas­tic to see older peo­ple get­ting in­volved. Yes when I was rid­ing and fell off at the cane train lines in Moss­man. I broke my col­lar bone. It was my first and hope­fully my last in­jury, I was a bit scared to ride again but I got back on the bike even­tu­ally and I love it. My hus­band set the alarm wrong and I was out rid­ing at 3am in­stead of 6am. It was a full moon but I still no­ticed it was a bit dark, but be­cause I was al­ready out I just kept rid­ing. My rid­ing friends were ex­pect­ing me at 6am but by then I had al­ready gone home, checked the time and gone back to bed. It was em­bar­rass­ing try­ing to ex­plain that to them.

Are you com­pet­ing in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team? What is your best leg? I like the bike leg the best, it is gen­tler on my body. I have done the run­ning but I pre­fer the bike. What is your best time? My times are not some­thing I worry about, I’m just happy to fin­ish it. What are you in train­ing for?

What is the best thing about a triathlon?

Have you had any in­juries?

Any em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments? What will the team name be? That is a sur­prise but I am known as the Night Rider. What do you get out of the triathlon ex­pe­ri­ence?

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