New Summer Series contract signed
Organisers of Cromwell’s five popular Summer Series events have ‘‘surety to start building the events going forward’’ after a new agreement was signed, Cromwell Districts Promotion Group chairperson Janeen Wood says.
Long-time sports administrator Bill Godsall and Highland Events, run by Terry Davis, have each been granted a three year contract to run the well-known fixtures, collectively known as the Cromwell Summer Series.
The series, owned by the promotion group, has been running for over 20 years and the first race held was the Bannockburn Classic mountainbike race in 1996.
‘‘We have signed a three year contract with our enthusiastic event organisers, which has given us all security in planning for the half marathon 10km run and walk at Labour Weekend, the Pub to Pub Gutbuster in November, Bannockburn Classic in late December and triathlon and Lake Dunstan cycle races in January,’’ Wood said.
The first two would be run by Highland Events, the remaining three by Bill Godsall.
Both the organisers and the promotion group had some fresh ideas to continue to improve and evolve the events.
Davis said a major change already being put in place was a new course for the half marathon, aimed at eliminating traffic issues and improving safety for runners.
‘‘Due to recent growth in Cromwell and Central Otago, it has become apparent that our streets are too busy to comfortably and safely hold a running event over them,’’ Davis said.
The start and finish location for the October 22 event would move from Anderson Park to the Alpha Street sports field.
‘‘Runners will head north around the lakeside track under the Cromwell Bridge and around towards Pisa Moorings. The 10km runners turn around at Lowburn and run back. Half marathoners turn around at Pisa Moorings, run back around the lake and on to Butchers Drive Boat Ramp then back to the Alpha Street finish line.’’
Godsall said a date change for the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge in January was likely, also in response to increasing traffic volumes.
Further discussions would be held over the coming months to look at more ways of improving and growing all of the five events, he said.
Cromwell and District Promotion Group chairperson Janeen Wood and event organisers Terry Davis and Bill Godsall.