Sum­mer Series events change hands

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JILL HERON

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

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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.

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