Summer Series events change hands
Cromwell’s ‘‘iconic’’ Summer Series has changed hands, with professional event organisers taking over the five events.
Veteran athlete and sports administrator Bill Godsall will run the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge, Lake Dunstan Triathlon and Bannockburn Classic. Highland Events will run the Pub to Pub Gutbuster and Half Marathon 10km events.
Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group chairwoman Janeen Wood said the handover enabled the group to concentrate on promotional activities rather than the hands-on running of events.
Godsall had already been involved with the Summer Series as a helper and competitor over the decades and was looking for- ward to taking organisational role.
‘‘I enjoyed participating in these events myself, so get a lot of pleasure in providing the same opportunities to others. I hope they enjoy them as much as I have.’’
He did not believe big changes were required, as the events had stood the test of time in their current formats, but did plan to add a new adventure mountainbike course for the Bannockburn Mountainbike Classic on December 30.
‘‘It will cater for the more experienced riders, not necessarily the faster riders but those who want a new challenge, so expect slightly longer climbs with much more altitude gains which add up to longer and faster descents.’’
Terry Davis and Ed Stevens of
the Highland Events would not be making changes to the Gutbuster mountainbike race. Davis, who was the former chairperson of the promotion group, had been competing for 20 years and organising biking and running races for the last 14 years.
‘‘The Gutbuster is a special mountainbike event because of its iconic scenery, the good honest length of 75km that ensures you have plenty of endorphins cruising through your blood, and the fact the trail is really good and fast. There are two hills but it’s all able to be peddled.’’
The company would also run the half marathon and 10km run. The 10km event would be altered so participants did not have to traverse main roads.
‘‘It will be better for kids and better for supporters too with there being no highway areas.’’
Cromwell’s Bill Godsall on the summit of Duffers Saddle during the 2015 Gutbuster event.