Running went off-road over the weekend, with the annual Hawke's Bay Trail Run Series reaching its penultimate race for the year. With just one more race to go in the six-race series, Hawke's Bay Today photographer Paul Taylor was at the Sacred Hill Rifleman's Vineyard to catch all the action, with competitors taking part in three categories, comprising a short course of 5–9km, a medium course of 15km for walkers and runners, and a half marathon of 21.1km for runners only. Dougie Kyle recorded the fastest time of 1.46.18, with Michelle Lorck (1.59.09) the fastest female on the day.

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Hawke's Bay Trail Run series at Sacred Hill Rifleman’s Vineyard off Dartmoor Road, near Napier.


Lauren Sanderson prepares for the medium course event. The category was won by Vern Preston (top male) while Kate O'Malley was top female and third overall.



Cameron Burton waves farewell at the Hawke's Bay Trail Run series at Sacred Hill Rifleman's Vineyard.

Rhodri Thomas and Carys Thomas from Aberdaire in Wales take time out from their honeymoon to run the half marathon.


Competitors are quick off the mark at the Hawke's Bay Trail Run series run.

Emma Easthorpe (centre) prepares for the short course event, which was won by Karsten Vesty (male) and Nerissa Kirkby (female).