Mon, Oct 11, 2021 1:46 PM

Sports Snippets: Wheel Women reach milestone.

Colette Read leading a group of runners past the drink station halfway around the course. Photo: Supplied.

Jonty Dine

Harriers- The newly landscaped Brightwater Village Green ‘came alive’ on Saturday afternoon as 80 competitors and officials registered for the annual Waimea Harriers Brightwater Sprig and Fern 10km Fun Run and Walk, rescheduled from Covid 19 lockdown. The Brightwater course, with 3kms on the Great Taste Trail heading up towards Wakefield, a circuit around the very scenic Mt Heslington and the remaining four kms down-hill to the finish on River Road, is a favourite of many. While the ascent to the top of the hill seems strenuous at the time, the view from the other side towards Nelson is spectacular and a great reward for the effort expended. Chris Sharland, Curtis Moore and John Rudge were the first three runners’ home while Catherine Delaporte, Renee Hunt and Colette Read were the first women to cross the finish. Saturday October 16 is the last race in the 2021 series, taking place at Mapua.

Cycling- Wheel Woman, the Nelson Tasman-based mountain bike coaching organisation for women, has just reached a major milestone, seeing its 1000th woman take to the pedal. Coached by Founder Emma Bawtree, Greymouth’s Hope Dietrich claimed the stand as the 1000th Woman to participate in a Wheel Woman course after a recent coaching session at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. The milestone symbolizes not only the success of a great business concept but also the progress of women in mountain biking in general. As a mountain biker racing the national circuit in the early 1990s Emma was one of just a handful of women taking to the tracks, but that has since changed.  For Wheel Woman the achievement comes after nine years in business, 3000+ hours in the saddle, the training and engagement of six coaches, and growth across the top of the South Island, with courses available in Marlborough, Blenheim and Hanmer, as well as in the Nelson Tasman region.

Sports Awards- The 2021 ASB Nelson Sports Awards will be held online as a virtual event on Friday 3rd December. One of Sport Tasman's signature events of the year, the ultimate accolade of the evening is the ASB Sportsperson of the Year who is determined to be the overall winner from the winners of the eight categories. To nominate someone, go to