Get ready for The News Round the Clock Race
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.