Crawford - 2nd year in Perth because of the plague.
Doughty (above) - had a cracker 2021
Phillips - as always, nailed it then disappeared.
In the baby division, just Bobberson now.
Apart from Bobberson, we are all getting old.
2020 was a big year. Lost Baby Sharples and Lyksie - 22 years and out. Crawford had to do his in Perth cause he couldn’t fly in due to the plague.
Here's a club you can never make. This page recognises "The Survivors". To get into this club you have to have finished all 23 Hooksie Half's (AS AT 2021.)
The first 7 in Taupo then rest here in Rotorua.
These men have finished all 22 events. In doing so they have achieved a status most of us can merely aspire to. Plus like an exclusive air miles club, their status grants them special privileges:
The real story is Hooksie got p!ssed after the 5th event in Taupo (Terenzo's Heineken year). Said so long as you stay in the club, you race for free. And the buggers kept coming back.
Survivors do not pay entry fees. Survivors do not have an event cut off time. All they have to do is finish the course. Number 1 is the oldest survivor and so on. We lost Matt Fatso Williams 15 years in. Bye bye Fatso. It's been great.
In the photo below is Crawford on the right - he's race number 01. He's the Daddy, took over from Richie Boy Neil. We had a Mummy for heaps of years. Shirl from the South Island. All want to get to 1. There have only been 3 "Numbers 1's, Shirl ,Richie and Crawford.
We are down to 3 survivors plus one inductee from all the Rotorua years.
01Survivor Crawford (Above right). He lives in Perth and comes over every year and every year, the rest of the survivors pray for a plane strike.
OLD Number 2 - Lyksie (Above left). He tests the very limits of daylight every year (although 2014 was a ripper!) punted from Survivors in 2020 . That's Pussy Parker propping them up in the middle. He dropped out after 14 races cause he had a broken paw. He’s at 21 out of 22 and a double.
02 Survivor Doughtysupported every year by the most supportive wife in all triathlon - Michelle and 2018 FINISHER HERSELF!. Got crook as in 2019 and still got around. Moved to CCH so - now it gets interesting.
03 Survivor Phillips - The Ghost. Now you see him. Now you don’t.
OLD Number 5 Baby Sharples. Goooooone. We are going to talk him into coming down and working the gig. May as well.
AND INTRODUCING THE ONLY JUNIOR SURVIVORS, FROM ALL ROTORUA YEARS..
Bob Bobberson. CIA sleeper agent - worked undercover for foreign regimes, specialises as an Agent Provocateur.