SHORT AND SHARP
Lest we forget
Wanaka and Lake Hawea will observe Poppy Day on April 17 and Anzac Day on April 25. The local RSA committees are organising collections points outside the Wanaka Post Office, New World, Paper Plus and the Doughbin on Thursday, April 16, and again outside New World and Paper Plus on Saturday morning April 18. Commemoration coordinator, Royal New Zealand Navy commander (retired) Lyal Cocks, says he is getting good support from volunteers but more help would be ‘‘most appreciated’’. For the first time, an Anzac Day 7am dawn service will be held on the lakefront in Wanaka to mark the centenary of WWI. There will also be a 7am dawn service at the Lake Hawea Dam. Celebrations continue in both towns with a breakfast at the Hawea Community Centre, a civic service in the Lake Wanaka Centre at 9.30am, the annual parade to the Wanaka cenotaph and a morning tea provided by Wanaka Lions.
Marathon entries piling in
At least 500 athletes are expected to lineup for the Southern Lakes Half Marathon down the Cardrona Valley to Wanaka on Saturday. Organiser Ed Stevens and Terry Davis of Highland Events said entries are 120 ahead of the same time last year. The traffic management plan means numbers have to be cut off at 500, so the pair are urging competitors thinking of entering ‘‘to get onto it
to avoid disappointment’’.
Autumn rogaine date change
Highland Events has changed the date of its autumn rogaine at the Snow Farm, following feedback from athletes. The event was to have been held on May 9, but this is the date of Twalk. With the Routeburn run set for April 25, and duck shooting starting on May 2, the organisers have decided to move the rogaine to Sunday, April 26. Entries open this week.
Mountainbike park reopens
Cardrona Alpine Resort reopens its bike park again from April 4-19, following some more trail construction and maintenance. The resort hosts a new downhill mountain biking event, the Cardrona Mega Avalanche, on April 19. The downhill event is a collaboration with the Race to Sky organisers, Highlands Motorsport Park, which hosts the uphill motorsports event on the Snow Farm Rd in Cardrona from April 17-19. The downhill start will be shown on a big screen to spectators in the village. It starts with a sprint to get to the front of the pack before entering the narrower sections of the 14 kilometre course. Bikers descend 1300 metres on open trails, twisty single tracks, steep descents and narrow technical switchbacks, and finish in the awards arena in the village. For information: cardrona.com