Running blazes new trail in search for members
The Matamata-Piako Harrier Club is now offering off-road trail running and walking in an effort to boost member numbers.
Publicity officer Jenny Brady said there had been a drop in member numbers recently.
‘‘Running’s lost members, it’s not as popular as it used to be,’’ she said.
However, there was now an increased interest in trail running through farmland and bush, she said.
‘‘The trend at the moment is trail running, it’s easier on the body,’’ she said.
Advantages of trail running was getting out of the heat and being sheltered from the elements, she said.
The club will continue to hold its road events. It had already offered a few trail runs, which had proved popular.
Walkers were also being encouraged to join the trail events, which were open to members of the public of all ages, she said.
The next trail run is on April 18 at Waiorongomai Valley, Te Aroha, meeting at 11am for an 11.30am start. Distances will range from 30 minutes to two hours.
Brady said the club hoped to have 30 people for that event, which was open to anyone who wanted to join.