Catherine Pattison

Plenty of contenders to take on the 'Monster'

Plenty of contenders to take on the 'Monster'

Eight-time Race to the Sky champion Nobuhiro ''Monster'' Tajima will have plenty of well-known former and new competitors trying to prevent him from claiming another title next month.

Motorsport: US star Block's entry coup for Otago Rally

Motorsport: US star Block's entry coup for Otago Rally

The Otago Rally entry list looks a lot more luminous after star driver Ken Block announced yesterday that he will contest the May 9-10 Dunedin-based event.

Horsing around

Horsing around

Most little girls want a pony. Aged 3, Catherine Pattison was lucky enough to be given one by her grandfather. The pony was small, white, named Porridge and she loved him. Leaving home 14 years later she farewelled her four-legged friends and hasn't been back in the saddle much since.

Multisport: 'A pretty good job'

Multisport: 'A pretty good job'

Professional Wanaka athlete Jess Simson has a distinctive approach to racing - one that could put fellow competitors off their stride as she zooms by with a smile and cheery greeting.

Motocross: Duncan best Otago rider at nationals

Palmerston's Courtney Duncan was the top Otago finisher after the fourth and final round of the 2015 New Zealand Motocross Championships near Pukekohe on Sunday.

Adventure racing: The family that races together ...

Knowing each other as well as only family can helped the Murrays earn a top 10 placing in the 557km Godzone adventure race.

Motorsport: Paddon's adaptability to be tested

Motorsport: Paddon's adaptability to be tested

Hayden Paddon is about to have his driving adaptability put to the ultimate test when he faces contrasting circumstances - changing his style from combatting Sweden's cold to suiting Mexico's searing heat.

Athletics: Allan aims to pick up the pace

Athletics: Allan aims to pick up the pace

A lot has changed for Wanaka athlete Dougal Allan since he claimed third place in last year's Challenge Wanaka in his debut attempt at the long-distance triathlon. He told Catherine Pattison how his circumstances in the past 12 months have allowed him the ideal preparation for Sunday's 226km race.

Multisport: McNeice plans to make it more of the same

Multisport: McNeice plans to make it more of the same

Double defending Challenge Wanaka champion Dylan McNeice has a patriotic outlook on how he would like Sunday's triathlon to pan out.

Multisport: Maier tough cookie to contend with

Multisport: Maier tough cookie to contend with

No-one could ever accuse Wanaka athlete Simone Maier of being soft.