Get ready for The News Round the Clock Race

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Are you in peak con­di­tion and can bat­tle the con­di­tions to see you take out the top spot?

Then make sure you are in to win, and en­ter for The News Round the Clock Race. Call­ing all pri­mary schools, teams and in­di­vid­u­als, the time to pre­pare is now. Be fit, be ready, for what could very well be the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing task you un­der­take this year.

Sup­port­ers and spec­ta­tors will cheer on all com­peti­tors as they tra­verse the Manuherikia River, scram­bling up the steep hill­side to the Alexan­dra Clock. Con­quer­ing steep ter­rain and icy rivers, this is not an event for the light hearted, but its one that brings peo­ple out in their droves for the thrill. And this is proven to be true, for last year there was a great mix­ture of chil­dren and adults com­pet­ing - ei­ther as in­di­vid­u­als or teams. The pri­mary school team event was taken out by The Ter­race Pri­mary School un­der the name ‘Fab­u­li­cious’ in a speedy Gon­za­lez time of six min­utes and 43 sec­onds.

St Ger­ard’s School raced in to grab sec­ond place with six min­utes and 55 sec­onds, whilst another Ter­race Pri­mary School team were more than happy to take that third spot with seven min­utes and 33 sec­onds. Sam McCul­loch took out the men’s in­di­vid­ual sec­tion with an im­pres­sive time of nine min­utes and 32 sec­onds. Sam is no stranger to Round the Clock Race, hav­ing placed sec­ond in last year’s race. Shaun Port­e­gys was hot on Sam’s tail, plac­ing sec­ond only 40 sec­onds be­hind the leader. Sam Mal­colm came in not far be­hind Shaun to place third.

Fiona Dowl­ing who placed third in last year’s race took out the women’s ti­tle in 11 min­utes and three sec­onds, ahead of sec­ond place-get­ter Claire Cor­bett, and Gabriella Sch­midt who placed third. The re­lay event for teams has to be the one most peo­ple are look­ing for­ward to, and it’s one that al­ways stirs the au­di­ence. Team mem­bers have to un­dergo a re­lay race, mak­ing their way to the six on the clock and back in four min­utes. Soak­ing wet from the river and full of adren­a­line, it’s cer­tainly an event that com­peti­tors are amped up for. The 2015 race is set to be a cracker and will kick off on Fri­day Septem­ber 25 from 5pm. Brief­ing will be­gin at 5pm, fol­lowed by the pri­mary school race at 5.20pm, in­di­vid­u­als at 5.30pm and teams at 5.40pm. Prize giv­ing will be held not long af­ter at 6pm. Spec­ta­tors are welcome to line the course to cheer on the com­peti­tors. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.blos­som.co.nz.

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