Hip in­jury gives way to hen party hi-jinks

Mum and re­porter JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN is tak­ing on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of her life, train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km event. She re­ports on her progress.

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for a run or climb a hill - which is al­ways a healthy rem­edy for a bad mood. But clay bird shoot­ing cer­tainly re­leased some stress and ten­sion. I jumped scream­ing with de­light when, on my first shot, I ac­tu­ally hit a clay tar­get.

The other girls were equally as tal­ented be­hind the gun (some more so than oth­ers) and af­ter a cou­ple of hours we re­tired to the pav­il­ion to en­joy some wellde­served bub­bles and snacks. It was lift­ing the glass to my mouth I sud­denly be­came aware of an ache in my right bi­cep. The fit of my dress had made it a bit awk­ward to hold the gun prop­erly, so as I fired away with crazy plea­sure, the thing kept hit­ting back into my arm. Dur­ing the course of the evening, the bub­bles flowed and more phys­i­cal chal­lenges took place.

There was no con­sid­er­a­tion for my hip in­jury as I par­tic­i­pated in a game whereby you had to pick up a 24-pack sized beer box in your teeth while lean­ing over, with­out us­ing hands. The size of the box gets ripped into smaller and smaller pieces un­til you are left with a win­ner. I man­aged to get third place from mem­ory, af­ter I was elim­i­nated hav­ing slammed into the car­pet face first.

Not a pretty look, but fun. And us su­per-lim­ber, clay bird shoot­ing ex­traor­dinares were all well past car­ing about what we looked like at that stage.

Pretty in pink: Re­porter Jo McKen­zie-McLean, front, im­pressed even her­self with her clay bird shoot­ing abil­i­ties. She shoots off against Kylie O’Cal­laghan and is get­ting in­struc­tion from Peter Wood.

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