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Rowing is boring. I suggest that the IOC brin gin 747 rowing.

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WEEKLY SPORTS REVIEW – the boat race

RUGBY – The Super 14 ladder is a log jam at the top with wins this week ever home team except for the unlucky Hurricanes. Last week it was the New Zealand teams who performed poorly and this week it was the turn of the South Africans as every one of their teams lost. The biggest win was the enigma that is the Blues upsetting the usually unbreakable Bulls team. Good wins also for the Chiefs, Sharks, Waratahs and Force saw them all wins important games but fail to make any ground up the competition table.  SUPER 14 WEBSITE

Team Score vs Team Score Date Report
Hurricanes 26 v Crusaders 26 02/04/10 Match Report
W Force 16 v Stormers 15 02/04/10 Match Report
Blues 32 v Bulls 17 03/04/10 Match Report
Chiefs 27 v Highlanders 21 03/04/10 Match Report
Waratahs 40 v Cheetahs 17 03/04/10 Match Report
Sharks 30 v Reds 28 03/04/10 Match Report
Bye Brumbies   Lions
  Team Nation P W L D PF PA PD Bp Ttl
1. Waratahs () 8 6 2 0 265 195 70 4 28
2. Bulls () 7 6 1 0 263 204 59 4 28
3. Crusaders () 7 5 1 1 218 148 70 3 25
4. Stormers () 7 5 2 0 176 75 101 4 24
5. Reds () 7 4 3 0 219 145 74 5 21
6. Chiefs () 7 4 3 0 215 202 13 5 21
7. Brumbies () 7 5 2 0 187 179 8 1 21
8. Blues () 7 4 3 0 189 190 -1 4 20
9. Hurricanes () 8 3 4 1 209 199 10 4 18
10. Sharks () 8 3 5 0 176 198 -22 4 16
11. Highlanders () 8 2 6 0 174 244 -70 3 11
12. Cheetahs () 7 2 5 0 146 206 -60 1 9
13. W.Force () 7 1 6 0 107 215 -108 1 5
14. Lions () 7 0 7 0 169 313 -144 3 3


RUGBY LEAGUEThe Warriors failed to follow up last weeks excellent result., going down to a Manly side that is starting to find some form. Big results of the round was a victory to the Sharks over the Eels and the Storm winning against St George to now be the only unbeaten side in the competition.  comeback of the round was the West Tigers who found themselves down 22-4 and come back to win 35-22. NRL WEBSITE.

FOOTBALL Chelsea were the big winners again this week with a 2-1 victory against Man Utd. The victory sees them leapfrog Man Utd and take a two point lead. as expected Sir Alex had a rant about the refs while completely ignoring the fact their second goal was via a handball.. In other games Arsenal scored a 95minute winner against Wolves to really make it a three horse race at the top. Man City junped into forth sport with a 6-1 demolition of Burnely while Tottenham stumbled at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland. PREMIERSHIP WEBSITE

CRICKET – Just the Indian League. Full of retired Aussies collecting pensions funds and young Indians trying to get a lucky break. IPL WEBSITE

FORMULA ONE – Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading home a Red Bull one-two ahead of Mark Webber with Nico Rosberg completing the podium for Mercedes. FORMULA ONE WEBSITE

ROWING – Cambridge came from behind to beat favourites Oxford by a length and a half in the 156th university Boat Race on the Thames on Sunday. Cambridge, with four Englishmen, two Americans and three Canadians, lagged Oxford by a quarter of a length early on but powered back in a winning time of 17 minutes and 35 seconds. link to reply race Remeber watching this once from the Banks of the Thames. Thought it was average and then went home. When we got back home we found it was live on TV. Turns out we watched the warm up race!!!

GOLF – Tiger begins his return next week at The Masters. Cant Wait to see the crowd reaction. PGA GOLF WEBSITE




With Tiger beginning his comeback this week we should remember just how good this guy is.

With Alex Ferguson complaing about ref and the Hurricans complaining about the ref. We should be glad this guy doesn’t have a role officiating anythig in New Zealand

Top 5 Endurance Races of All Time

Ever wondered what the top five endurance events of all time are. I was pondering this earlier today as I followed a number of New Zealand competitors in the Kona Ironman 2009. So in between internet updates I started a list of what I considered the hardest endurance events in the world. As you could imagine the list became rather large in a short space of time. Therefore, I changed the parameters and narrowed it down to the  – The Top Five Endurance Events of All Time.

When selecting these events I have tried to choose events that could be completed by what I call ‘Average Jo’. This means ANYONE with a decent level of fitness could complete the task. I have also tried to choose a wide variety of events. A little research proved there are some wild and extreme running events out there and perhaps my next post like this might just focus on running.


For me the Ironman is the ultimate endurance test for humans, and within that field the Kona Ironman is the King. Consisting of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bike and a marathon ( 42.195 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is without doubt one of the hardest events around. Combining three different disciplines does make this event hard and also makes training difficult as huge hours are needed.

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually since 1978 in the city of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race consists of the swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, the bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hawi and back, and the marathon along the coast of the Big Island (from Keauhou to Keahole Point to Kailua-Kona); finishing on Ali’i Drive.

Marathon-des-Sables-1MARATHON des SABLES

The Marathon des Sables is known as the World’s toughest footrace. The race covers 240km (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 7 days – equivalent to 6 regular marathons. In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.

Competitors have to prepare all your own food throughout the race and I warn you that there is not a chain of New World stores or corner grocery shops dotted around the Sahara. Mid-day temperatures can reach up to 45°C, of running or walking on uneven rocky, stony ground as well as 15 – 20% of the distance being in sand dunes. The heat, distance and rubbing will trash your feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect shoes and equipment are used. Mental stamina probably constitutes at least 50% of whether you will complete the distance or not. Physical fitness is important but don’t underestimate the mental stress that you will need to endure.

Good friend of mine Shem Banbury, a great guy if you happen to meet him, actually completed this race in 2005. For his diary of the race just click on the links below

Word Document – complete with nice blister pictures

blog page – no pictures


The Badwater Ultramarathon is the pinnacle of ultramarathons. It is a 135 mile (215 km) race starting at 282 feet (85 m) below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California’s Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney.The race is usually held  in July, when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures over 120 °F (49 °C) in the shade are not uncommon. Consequently, very few people—even among ultramarathoners—are capable of finishing this race.

Originally, the run was conceived as being between the lowest and the highest points in the contiguous United States: Badwater, Death Valley (−282 ft) and Mt. Whitney’s summit (14,496 ft). The two are only eighty miles apart on the map, but the land route between the two points is substantially longer, 146 miles (235 km), because of detours around lakebeds and over mountain ranges. Due to the two mountain ranges that must be crossed between Badwater and Whitney, the course’s elevation exceeds 19,000 feet (5,800 m). This event is not for the faint hearted.

tour-de-franceTOUR de FRANCE

I was a little apprehensive about adding this event as all of the others can be entered by ‘Average Jo’. However a number of people complete this event by themselves after the race has finished so I included it in the list.

The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that covers approximately 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries. Although in the last few years the race has even gone in England and other neighbouring countries.  The race lasts three weeks and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totalled to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey.[1] The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.


In my mind the most dangerous event in the top five is the Atlantic Rowing Race. Something about the isolation, mixed with water and sharks means this is not for the faint hearted. The Atlantic Rowing Race is an ocean rowing race from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, a distance of approximately 2,550 nm (2,930 statute miles or 4,700 km). The race was founded by Sir Chay Blyth and early races were run by Challenge Business Ltd. In October 2003 the race was bought by Woodvale Events Ltd.

The race was first held in 1997, and roughly every two years since. A total of 153 individuals have completed the voyage, with the last of the rowers from the 2005 race making landfall in Antigua on 13 March 2006. The Record for the crossing (from La Gomera to Barbados), set by a four of Phil Langman, Shaun Barker, Jason Hart and Yorkie Lomas in 2004, is 36 days, 59 minutes breaking the previous record, set by the New Zealand double, Kevin Biggar and James Fitzgerald during the 2003 race, by just over 22 hours.

So there you have it, the top five enduance event as selcted by Ozymandias Warning. I do hope these inspire you to get out and complete one of them. Alternatively if you disagree put down your vote for the TOP 5 Endurance Events of all time. There are plenty I haven’t included and as I said early in the post perhaps there is scope for more specific lists.