godzone-logo

Latest News

The Stuff Legends Are Made Of

Saturday 13th March 2021

News Categories

Share Page

The Legends Trophy went to Team Swazi (19) for GODZone Chapter 9 Rotorua.

For each GODZone this Trophy is awarded by the race organisers to the team that, in the twilight of their sporting careers, show how it should be done.

The Legends Trophy is open to both race categories.

And true legends, as the Trophy small print claims, do not require prizes to recognise their awesomeness.

Therefore, Team Swazi nailed it.

They were that team on the course that just ticked along, and got the job done.

They finished in 16th place, and were so stoked.

With a team goal ‘to go as fast as possible,’ the proof of this goal accomplishment is clear due to the fact they were neither short coursed nor unranked.

This eight day course around the back blocks of Bay of Plenty and beyond, was real tough.

Disclaimer: Team Swazi do know Neil Jones, a legend of the sport both in New Zealand and around the world. Neil also grows kiwifruit.

Therefore some may say a touch of nepotism comes into play here.

But the wiser person would defend Warren and Adam’s recipient decision by claiming that Team Swazi have the essential criteria of ‘a combined age of at least 200’ and ‘they have more wrinkles than Warren,’ which is one of Warren’s criteria.

So sorry Colts division and all you youngsters, you’ll just have to wait. Either that, or Warren finds some really good face cream, fast.

Congratulations Team Swazi; Rachel Cashin, George Christens, Peter O’Sullivan and Jason Derecort – you were great out there.

George, you may want to make sure they spell your sir name correctly this year, because it looks like they don’t always get that quite right….

Annabelle Latz

GODZone media

Related posts

May
31st
14:05
Chapter 10 is going Coast to Coast

NEWS UPDATE From: 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For Immediate Release Tuesday 1 June 2021 GODZONE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH RETURN TO THE SOUTH ISLAND The South Island of New Zealand will play host to GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race next year. The epic event is set to return, once again, to the

Apr
11th
20:04
Vet, farmer and athlete

Country Wide Magazine – April 2021 Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing yourself from society. Your entire focus is about getting to

Mar
14th
06:03
Meet Martin, the GODZone trophy guy

He loves New Zealand so much, so bugger it, he’ll draw it. Meet Martin Rogers, you’ll probably be more familiar with his work than you realise, as he’s the man you can thank for the stunning logs of wood we call the GODZone trophies. It all started way back in 2012, just before Chapter 1

Mar
12th
13:03
THAT HOMEWARD VIBE

The weather has turned, the sun is out and the last team – Unfinished Addiction (37) – at the back of the field, is slowly moving forward! Day eight of GODZone has a super positive vibe wherever you are on course. The finish line is humming, the music is playing and the Cargo brews and

Mar
12th
02:03
Pushing through the puddles

Where’s Warren? Buying gumboots. Well, that’s fair. It was late afternoon of Day 7, down on the finish line at Waipa Hub. It was wet, very wet. Puddles everywhere. The rain falls hard and fast in Rotorua, all of a sudden. And then it’s gone. And then it comes back again. The rain in Rotorua is not

Mar
11th
09:03
BACK END STRUGGLE ON THE KAIMANAWA RANGE

Day seven at GODZone and teams at the back of the field are taking the brunt of Chapter 9. With cold, wet weather socking in over the Kaimanawa ranges its been a very long 24 – 48 hours for some who are struggling to make and find their way across the 88km trek and down