Charity runners blazing trail for quake hit city


Despite being a fundraiser for local Havelock North Primary School, the second annual Peak Trail Blazer charity run on Sunday will also be assisting a school in quake-stricken Christchurch.

Te Mata Peak will be a hive of activity as hundreds of Hawke's Bay residents take to the iconic landmark for the second annual charity run.

Event manager Jo Throp said last year more than 400 entrants from a variety of different ages and abilities completed the 12km Peak Trail and the 2km Tainui Trail.

Entrants have the option of either running or walking each course, and there will be spot prizes as well as the coveted King and Queen of the Peak titles.

Havelock North Primary School principal Paul Bremner said the event not only had benefits for the local community by contributing to their school, but would also send money south to Sumner School in quake-hit Christchurch.

"Seventy-odd years ago it was Hawke's Bay picking up the pieces after an earthquake, now it is our turn to help," he said.

"We've decided that their needs are greater than ours at this time."

Ms Throp said $4000 of last year's funds would help the school set up a special emergency equipment shed, along with 25 per cent of this year's takings.

Co-organiser Susie Devonshire said the event was also a good training opportunity for competitors, as well as a fun and family orientated event.

Local Ross McIntyre, who recently won the Triple Peaks and Wellington Marathon and is training for the 60km Kepler Challenge at Lake Te Anau, said the event catered for everyone.

"Te Mata Peak is a fairly steep climb so it's a great workout, and besides that is a great family atmosphere," he said.

"Adults can run the bigger event or walk it with their family, and there is the smaller event which kids can do with a chaperone or do it themselves."

Entry fees vary from $10 to $60 for family and team passes, with chaperones able to walk for free.

A late fee of $10 applies on entries made after midday on Friday.

All entrants must register between 1 and 3pm on Saturday at Havelock North Primary School Hall to be issued with timing tags and race numbers.

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- Hawkes Bay Today

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