New Sum­mer Se­ries con­tract signed

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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Cromwell and District Pro­mo­tion Group chair­per­son Ja­neen Wood and event or­gan­is­ers Terry Davis and Bill God­sall.

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