Haggis Run and Hilton Hoedown

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by Claire Allison

More than 80 motorcycles rumbled into Timaru last Saturday as riders from around New Zealand took part in the annual Haggis Run and Hilton Hoedown.

The ride had its genesis as a memorial ride for Stephen “Haggis” McRae, who died in a motorcycle crash 11 years ago, but has since evolved to become a way for bikers to remember all those they have lost over the years, and get together to share stories and memories.

Riders came from as far as Auckland, Nelson and Christchurch and while classic Harleys, Nortons, Triumphs and BSAs and leather jackets were in full force, the ride’s rules were clear – safe and

responsible riding, and no patches, P, or politics.

Riders began the day in Geraldine, rode to Timaru for lunch, then back out to Hilton for a hoedown, camp fire and roast meal.