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.

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