Axemen hit halfway mark in Christmas Circuit tour

Nicholas Corbin, of Christchurch, was one of about 40 people competing in Riverton yesterday as...
Nicholas Corbin, of Christchurch, was one of about 40 people competing in Riverton yesterday as part of the Southern Axemen’s Christmas Circuit. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH
Tired arms and sore backs were in store for Southern Axemen’s Christmas Circuit competitors as the tour reached its midway point in Riverton yesterday.

The circuit started in Cromwell last Friday and is set to end in Tuatapere tomorrow. Competitor John Broughton, of Manapouri, said about 40 people had competed at each event.

Mr Broughton said he competed in several events, including the standing block and "pretty much all the sawing".

He had been doing "not too bad" during the competition and had won in events three days in a row — "that’s been all right".

He was relatively new to the sport, having been involved for about four years.

Fitness was key to success, he said.

"As long as you are fit and have co-ordination, and just a bit of technique, you can do it."

Several others in the area also competed, and they got together to train.

"As long as you can get blocks, you can train at home, but you can only get better by chopping wood."

The challenging part of competing was the physical strain — "the old arms get a bit tired, and the back gets a bit sore".

Two more of the circuit events are in store for Southland, with a small event at Colac Bay tonight and then another at the Tuatapere Sports Day tomorrow.

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