Run­ning blazes new trail in search for mem­bers

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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