Marlborough Mid-Week : September 30th 2015
stuff.co.nz SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK 11 Lois Rutherford is busy rounding up the St Arnaud community for fitness classes. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Fit, fast and strong in St Arnaud RACHEL MCFADDEN A 62-year-old former gym instructor has taken it upon herself to whip the St Arnaud community into shape. Lois Rutherford has been run- Marlborough’s most avid Lego collector Ashley Toms with some of his Lego models, which will be on display at Marlborough’s seventh annual model show. PHOTO: RACHEL MCFADDEN/FAIRFAX NZ Marlboroughmanjust loves his Lego RACHEL MCFADDEN For Marlborough’s biggest Lego collector Ashley Toms there is nothing unusual about staying up until 2am to finish a build or even take leave to work on a big Lego project. He has been collecting and con- structing Lego for the past 22 years and his ever-growing collection includes more than 245 models. It started with a Lego space ship given to him by his grandmother when he was 10-years-old. He was hooked and is still a keen collector over two decades later. Ashley’s idea of perfect night in? A new Lego model to work on and music playing in the background. ‘‘I find it really meditative,’’ he says. An array of Lego models. Ashley prefers to work in uninterrupted blocks and has sometimes spent eight hours at a time building Lego models, staying up to 2am to complete the work. He says he wouldn’t rule out booking some annual leave to get a big piece done. ‘‘Some people like books. For me its Lego. And working on Lego is like reading,’’ he says. Included in his collection are model vintage cars, cranes, space ships and a model of the Sydney Opera House, valued at $1,500. Ashley’s entire collection is valued at more than $13,000 but for him it is more about the pleasure and enjoyment than a pure investment. ‘‘I would never sell them, they are apart of who I am,’’ he says. On Saturday, Ashley, along with other collectors, will be displaying models at the Redwoodtown Hall in Blenheim as part of Marlborough’s seventh annual model show. The Lego enthusiast says he always looks forward to showcasing his collection, meeting fellow fans and seeing other models on display. Model shows are definitely a highlight of Ashley’s year – he travelled to Christchurch earlier this year to attend one. ‘‘I spent four hours there making sure I saw everything.’’ The show will be hosted by the Marlborough branch of the New Zealand Model Vehicle Club. Doors will open at 10am to 3pm and entry is free. ning the St Arnaud Circuit Breakers fitness group, which meets three mornings a week, since March this year, . Lois and her 15 ladies have been working up a sweat doing a variety of activities from circuit training, power walking and cycling, and once the warmer weather sets in she plans to take it outdoors for an outdoor bootcamp. The classes have been especially beneficial to the ageing population, with participants ranging from late 40s to well into their 80s. ‘‘I’ve always been a great believer in keeping fit because once you stop using it the body seizes up, no matter what age you are,’’ Lois says. However, it seems that for the retired gym instructor old habits die hard. ‘‘I push them along and make them work and they call me names, but we have a lot of fun,’’ Lois says. – The St Arnaud Circuit Breakers is facilitated by Sport Tasman who can support similar groups in your community. BE ONE OF THE FIRST 5000 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO STUFF AND GET A FREE AIG HAKA 360o HEADSET The AIG Haka 360 headset allows you to experience the haka as if you were really there with the All Blacks. GO TO stuff.co.nz/aighaka360 TO SIGN UP NOW! Terms and Conditions apply. See entry website for details.
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