Weather does its bit for Mega cause

By Doug Laing

MEGA-PREP: Mitre 10 Mega Hastings retail manager Dave Ransom (left) and general manager Elwyn McGoram and staff prepare for their day in the Hastings sun tomorrow, with a parade of hopefuls for the sixth Megawalk. The more energetic of the staff hope 1200 similarly-minded folk will join the Hastings-to-Napier run/walk, the most strenuous 28km exercise starting at the Hastings branch at 7.30am, proceeds going to CanTeen. PHOTO/GLENN TAYLOR HBT134253-01
MEGA-PREP: Mitre 10 Mega Hastings retail manager Dave Ransom (left) and general manager Elwyn McGoram and staff prepare for their day in the Hastings sun tomorrow, with a parade of hopefuls for the sixth Megawalk. The more energetic of the staff hope 1200 similarly-minded folk will join the Hastings-to-Napier run/walk, the most strenuous 28km exercise starting at the Hastings branch at 7.30am, proceeds going to CanTeen. PHOTO/GLENN TAYLOR HBT134253-01

A thousand or more people planning to hot-foot it from Hastings to Napier in the sixth annual Mitre 10 Megawalk were likely to get their day in the sun tomorrow, the latest weather forecasts said last night.

It might not seem too promising with clouds, light showers and southerlies expected today, but MetService believes it will become fine tomorrow morning and the southerlies will be "dying out".

But entrants, whose fees will support teenage and young adult cancer sufferers support network CanTeen, won't have a lot of time to make up their mind whether it's a good day for a stroll in the country or not.

The major 28km run/walk starts from the Mitre 10 Megastore in Hastings at 7.30am, with Napier starters able to get to the startline by bus leaving Mitre 10's Prebensen Drive branch at 6.45am. But the event does have categories for those not wanting such an early start or as strenuous a Sunday adventure.

The 15km Hawke's Bay Today Half Mega section starts on the beachfront Rotary Pathway south of Napier at Awatoto at 9am.

The 6.5km MoreFM Short Mega cuts a track from the path near the Ocean Spa complex off Napier's Marine Parade at 10am, and the 3.5km Mega Meander starts also at 10am at Perfume Point, Ahuriri.

Entrants can be as competitive as they like, but if they want to make it official they can enter the Hogs Breath Cafe Challenge.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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