Run­ning amok on farm

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Trainer Terry thought he’d be clever this week— send­ing me off to train while he got some work done on a bike park fundraiser.

Un­for­tu­nately, for him, I am eas­ily dis­tracted, es­pe­cially in the coun­try­side, and need con­stant su­per­vi­sion.

I turned up to Terry’s farm at Low­burn ex­pect­ing to walk across re­mote hilly farm­land but Terry, de­cid­ing he could multi-task, was build­ing the bike ramps af­ter di­rect­ing me to run up a peak sev­eral hun­dred me­tres away, then re­turn via a track un­til I got to a build­ing.

This was go­ing to give Terry prob­a­bly 20 min­utes to com­plete his work, how­ever, it soon be­came ev­i­dent I could not be left un­su­per­vised.

I’m a townie, so while try­ing to hope­lessly avoid an­i­mal land­mines I darted here and there up the hill glanc­ing sus­pi­ciously at the sheep, won­der­ing why the fence was so high—‘‘Are there bulls around here?’’ I yelled out to Terry.

Jo Mcken­zie-McLean with trainer and North­burn Sta­tion 100-Miler race di­rec­tor Terry Davis do­ing a prone hold af­ter a hill climb on his farm with sup­port from on­look­ers Weet­bix and Furry.

‘‘No, just go up the hill and don’t cross the deer fence’’.

Right, I huffed. I didn’t quite un­der­stand how far up the hill he meant me to go, so when I got to a stream, not want­ing to get my feet wet, I turned around and made my way down across to the track.

‘‘Did you go all the way up?’’ he yells look­ing up from his work.

‘‘Not quite’’ I squeaked and ran along the track.

Sud­denly, a horse comes gal­lop­ing to­wards me. I am ter­ri­fied of horses. I picked up my pace and screamed out to Terry his horse was chas­ing me.

‘‘Don’t be silly, he’s just im­pressed to see you run­ning’’.

I hoofed it to the build­ing, which I took time to ad­mire. Tucked out of sight was the Low­burn Curl­ing Rink Club build­ing. My soli­tude was abruptly dis­turbed with Terry run­ning to­wards me ask­ing why I had stopped, and what was I do­ing sight­see­ing.

We did a few lengths of the pad­dock and climbed up a hill while he talked about break­ing my train­ing into achiev­able ‘‘chunks’’, the first be­ing a 5km walk/run around the coun­try­side as part of a fundraiser he is help­ing or­gan­ise for the Cromwell Bike Park. That sounds achiev­able to me.

As we walked and talked, I soon for­got about dodg­ing poop and started to find the com­pany of farm an­i­mals a nice dis­trac­tion from the pain of ex­er­cise. So, I was quite de­lighted when Terry’s pet sheep Weet­bix and Furry ran up to us do­ing a prone hold to end the ses­sion. ◗ Mu­mand re­porter Jo McKen­zie-McLean is tak­ing on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of her life train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km moun­tain run in March next year.

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