Tough challenge a head for competitors
The popular Round the Clock race is not for the faint-hearted. But that doesn’t stop a large group of adrenalin-charged competitors confronting the conditions and tough course to take part in the annual event which sees them run, swim, kayak, ride horses or mountainbike to conquer the steep terrain and icy Manuherikia River on their way up to Alexandra’s iconic clock on the hill. Competitors carry a baton from the Linger and Die area to the ‘‘6’’ on the clock. There are prizes for individuals and teams. Last year, the men’s title was won in a time of 7 minutes and 49 seconds, with the women’s winner home in a time of 10 minutes and 28 seconds. Teams can use any mode of non-motorised travel they like. The race will be held this Friday, and competitors need to meet for a race briefing at 5.15pm, ready for the race start at the Linger and Die at 5.45pm.