Hadlow to harbour event to benefit community groups

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Keeping the pace .. Runners pound the pavement during last year's Hadlow to Harbour run and walk. The event will return on Sunday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston

Runners and walkers of all abilities will pace themselves when the annual Hadlow to Harbour event returns this week.
The fun run and walk, hosted by The Rotary Club of Timaru North, will return on Sunday.
Hadlow to Harbour assistant co-ordinator Noel Crawford, who estimates the event to be in its 15th year, encourages people of all running and walking abilities to take part.
“It’s not a race,” he said.
“People dress up and they take their dogs or push children in a pram, or they can walk or run.”
Among those also encouraging people to participate was Run Timaru president Bill Taine. Run Timaru has hosted a summer running series and the Hadlow to Harbour was one of the first events where participants could put their training to the test, he said.
The summer series has proved just how popular running was in the community.
“We had up to 80 people turning up to the 5km series and numbers approaching that before Christmas for the 3km series, so it’s certainly been popular this year,” Mr Taine said.
The Hadlow to Harbour event covers 10km from Hadlow Rd to Caroline Bay.
A shorter 3km course would also start from the Countdown car park in Church St, at 9.45am. A free bus service will transport participants from Caroline Bay, near the skatepark, to Hadlow Rd from 8.15am.
The event will this year raise money for Alzheimer’s South Canterbury, South Canterbury Heart Foundation, South Canterbury Stroke Club, South Canterbury Hospice and Life Education Trust.
A prizegiving would be held at the end of the event, including prizes for the best dressed.