Grand Tra­verse gets even grander

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua Grand Tra­verse com­peti­tors suf­fered from the heat but or­gan­is­ers have hailed the event a suc­cess, with ‘‘plenty of happy peo­ple’’ and ‘‘a real buzz’’ through­out the day.

Sun­day’s event, held for the sev­enth time, at­tracted about 400 com­peti­tors, from the elite en­trants, who started at Bat­tle Hill, to the fun run that took in views over Whi­tireia Park and Porirua Har­bour.

‘‘Peo­ple got tired and there was a lot of de­hy­dra­tion, so we had to make an im­por­tant decision to re­lo­cate one of the water sta­tions,’’ said or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Martin Ro­se­vear.

A late decision was also made to have Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic as the cen­tral hub for the event, which made for a great at­mos­phere, he said.

One com­peti­tor was taken to hospi­tal due to de­hy­dra­tion, while an­other had an un­for­tu­nate crash with a goat while moun­tain-bik­ing up Puke­tiro.

‘‘He to­tally wrecked his bike but I can’t re­port on the con­di­tion of the goat, we’re not sure how he is. He [the rider] was philo­soph­i­cal about it, what else can you do?’’

The only neg­a­tiv­ity at the Grand Tra­verse was due to some times be­ing recorded in­cor­rectly. Ro­se­vear said they made the decision to go from man­ual to a com­puter-tim­ing sys­tem and there were ‘‘clearly some prob­lems’’ that will need to be ironed out for the next year.

Ac­cu­rate times and plac­ings for the elite com­pe­ti­tion were not avail­able at press time. It was known, how­ever, that favourite Mar­cel Ha­gener had been beaten into sec­ond place.

‘‘We had a nice event. I’m very pleased that noth­ing re­ally went wrong, no-one got lost and ev­ery­one fin­ished safely, and there was plenty of happy peo­ple around, en­joy­ing the day,’’ said Ro­se­vear. ‘‘The Red Cross and Coast­guard were su­perb and our 100- plus vol­un­teers worked bril­liantly.’’

He said they hoped to grow the Grand Tra­verse ev­ery year, to the point where 2000 com­peti­tors en­ter and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship come on board.

Pho­tos: PETER MCDON­ALD.

Up we go: Com­peti­tors be­gin the moun­tain race.

Moral sup­port: Sam Bo­ryer gives dad Shayde a boast at the end of the bike leg.

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