Cooper re­turns to Long­beach

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal-win­ning moun­tain biker An­ton Cooper will com­pete in the Long­beach Coastal Chal­lenge’s 11th run­ning later this month.

Strong fields are again ex­pected for the race, which takes place along the spec­tac­u­lar Mid Can­ter­bury coast­line, on Novem­ber 26.

The race has grown in pop­u­lar­ity year af­ter year and at­tracts par­tic­i­pants from all over the coun­try in a range of walk­ing, run­ning and moun­tain bik­ing events, and for Cooper it’s been an event he’s made sure he’s got to in re­cent years. He’s only missed one year when it clashed with an in­ter­na­tional event.

In recog­ni­tion of Cooper’s achieve­ment and the in­spi­ra­tion he gives young moun­tain bik­ers, the com­mit­tee of the Long­beach Coastal Chal­lenge has in­tro­duced two new tro­phies, one each for girls and boys, for ‘up and com­ing’ young bik­ers.

‘‘An­ton has al­ways said how much he en­joys see­ing young cy­clists race along­side elite com­peti­tors,’’ event spokesper­son Anna Jem­mett said.

The Ru­ralco Long­beach Coastal Chal­lenge is run by vol­un­teers and 100 per cent of the prof­its are split be­tween Long­beach School and the Hinds and Dis­tricts Li­ons.

On­line en­tries for the event close on Novem­ber 13 – www.long­beach­coastalchal­

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