Changes to Cromwell half marathon
The Cromwell Summer Series is fast approaching, with the first of its five events kicking off at Labour Weekend.
Earlier this year, the Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group tendered its Summer Series events to veteran athlete and sports administrator Bill Godsall, who has taken on the running of 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.
Highland Events co-director Terry Davis said this year the half-marathon and 10km courses had changed, and took competitors around many of the town’s features including the golf course, heritage precinct and shores of Lake Dunstan.
’’People have been giving feedback saying they didn’t like running along the highway so we have taken that on board and now have a 10k lap which goes around the outside of Cromwell, but not on the busy highway.
‘‘It is all on a paved surface and is flat. People doing the half marathon will do the lap twice. We are keeping the paved surface feature as it sets itself apart from other events, the majority of which are trail races or run on gravel surfaces. This is our point of difference. And it is exactly one month before the Queenstown marathon so it is a perfect lead in event.’’
They had also included a schools’ relay event because of the strong interest from young people to participate, he said.
‘‘This year we will also have a corporate team relay and they can have between five and 11 runners. The kids’ teams can have between five and 11 runners. People can run one leg or multiple legs.’’
Early-bird entry is $45 for the half marathon and $35 for the 10km run or walk. The standard entry fee of $50 for the halfmarathon and $35 for the 10k run/ walk will be effective from Monday, October 10. The race starts and finishes at the Cromwell Sports Club on Barry Avenue. Registration is from 8am, but competitors should register before 9.30am. Eftpos is available this year.
The ‘‘Gutbuster’’ mountain bike race is the next Summer Series event on November 26. The race starts at the Garston Hotel in Northern Southland and follows the Nevis Valley through to Bannockburn Hotel.
The Cromwell half marathon course.