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?