Otope trail ride back on af­ter 2017 washout

Bush Telegraph - - Trades And Services Directory - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

The Otope Trail ride is on again on May 13, af­ter be­ing washed out in 2017.

It will be­gin at Po­hue­tai Sta­tion 830 Otope Road and is open to two and four-wheel­ers. There is no kid’s cir­cuit this year.

In 2016 there were 200 en­tries and or­gan­is­ers ex­pect a sim­i­lar re­sponse.

This is the 34th event run by the Otope-Pukea­tua So­cial Club which has been run­ning for more than 50 years, with funds go­ing to­wards a val­ley Christ­mas func­tion for the fam­i­lies and other so­cial events to main­tain the lo­cal iden­tity and to make new­com­ers wel­come, or­gan­iser Roger Ran­som said.

Some of the bal­ance goes to char­i­ties like the Res­cue He­li­copter. Lo­cals say the rea­sons for longevity of the event are due to a strong lo­cal com­mu­nity, ex­cel­lent trails and good or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In 2016 the trail fol­lowed farm tracks and ridge lines through Pukemiro Sta­tion and its neigh­bours with a large bog out the back to play in. All age groups from as young as six to veter­ans, many in fam­ily groups, had a great day, go­ing back to do it all again sev­eral times.

This year’s trail will be about 40kms and costs $25 per rider. Reg­is­tra­tion starts at 8.30am, brief­ing at 9.30am for a 10am start.

■ Con­tact Marcus Ran­som, 06 374-5991, for in­for­ma­tion.

SOME of the bikes and gear lined up be­fore the 2016 event.

BIKES made the first creek cross­ing with ease then dis­ap­peared over the ridge in 2016.

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