Annual HB event bigger, better

By Sam Hurley

Veterans and a number of new faces will have their hard work and preparation pay off this weekend when they run the fourth annual Hawke's Bay Today Country 2 Coast.

The fun run will be held this Sunday as participants test themselves along the 15km coastal walking and cycling track from Clive, through Haumoana and finishing at Clifton.

Event organiser Kevin Longman said there had been a large number of groups that had registered again this year along with a number of new people.

"Watties will probably provide the biggest single group which will be more than last year.

"We will also have a group from Simply Squeezed orange juice for the first time."

Curves Hastings, a women's weight loss club, has entered a group of dozen ladies and team leader Mary Taiaroa said they had been training for a number of weeks in preparation for this Sunday's event.

"We have a group of 12 ladies in the group who will be there taking part," she said.

"We have all been training in different ways, from working out at the gym to walking regularly" she said.

Special Projects Team Leader with Sport Hawke's Bay Jeanette Cooper said there were now more than 700 people registered for the run.

Participants have the choice of entering a 7km or 15km walk or run during the the non-competitive, family event that uses the Rotary Pathways between Farndon Park in Clive and the Clifton Bay Cafe.

A new event is also introduced this year, The Clive to Clifton Dash, a competitive event for runners only, with a trophy awarded to the winner.

Havelock North Rotary Club is again organising the event while the major sponsor is Hawke's Bay Today.

People can still register to take part in the run by going to the official website at, or via the Country 2 Coast Facebook page.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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