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Banked Slalom snow­board event on Satur­day with a cash prize pool of $2000. The nat­u­ral half­pipe Shooter was set as the course.

The fe­male divi­sion was won by Kiwi Win­ter Olympian and snow­board slopestyle spe­cial­ist Christy Prior, ahead of run­ner Ash Cow­per and in third place Han­nah Or­chard.

In the male event lo­cal rider and Rookie Academy coach Richie John­stone (pic­tured) took out first place in the open divi­sion, ahead of Tre­ble Cone snow­board in­struc­tor Volker Blepp, and Keith Stubbs in third place.

NZ Ski champs at Coronet

Piera Hud­son, of Hawke’s Bay and Wanaka was the fastest New Zealand woman om the New Zealand Alpine Na­tional Cham­pi­onships & Coronet Cup, hosted by Coronet Peak, Gi­ant Slalom on the week­end.

It was the first event on the four-day sched­ule with the course set on the Outwide run. Wil­lis Feasey, of Twizel, was the fastest New Zealand male on the first run and fourth over­all. De­fend­ing Na­tional GS Cham­pion Adam Bar­wood, of Queen­stown, was sec­ond placed New Zealand male.

Ready to race for an­nual run

Hun­dreds of run­ners and walk­ers are ex­pected to turn out for the 46th an­nual Clyde to Alexan­dra run this Satur­day.

The 10km or 6km course runs on the road be­tween Clyde Dam and the top end of Alexan­dra, fin­ish­ing on the re­serve op­po­site the IceIn­line Rink. Com­peti­tors should met at the Boundary Road re­serve by noon to reg­is­ter.

The 10km road race starts at 2pm. As well as the adult events, there are 6km Road races for un­der-18 and un­der-16, plus 4km off-road runs for chil­dren aged 11 to 13 or 2km off-road races for chil­dren aged 6 to 10. Full de­tails and on­line en­try are avail­able at alex­har­ri­ers.co.nz

Re­turn of the race

High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park in Cromwell has con­firmed the Race to the Sky mo­tor­sport hill climb will re­turn to the Cardrona Val­ley be­tween April 17 and 19 next year. The event has not been held since 2007.

Eight-time cham­pion Mon­ster Ta­jima (pic­tured) from Ja­pan will re­turn to de­fend his ti­tle. more than 100 cars, bikes and bug­gies are ex­pected to com­pete for ti­tle of ‘‘King of the Hill’’ on the world’s long­est gravel hill climb.

Heli chal­lenge base shift

The World Heli Chal­lenge has moved to Ao­raki Mt Cook and the Lake Ohau area for the first time. It in­volves big name skiers and board­ers, he­li­copters and back­coun­try freerid­ing and a purse of $14,000 cash plus prizes. En­tries close to­day for the event be­tween Septem­ber 7 and 15. More in­for­ma­tion: world­he­lichal­lenge.com.

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