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Runners take part in a previous Hadlow to Harbour event. PHOTO: Geoff Cloake

Hundreds of runners and walkers will gather for Hadlow to Harbour this week.

The event, which attracts about 1200 people, will return on Sunday, giving people of all ages and abilities a chance to support the cause.

Hadlow to Harbour has been on the Timaru calendar for an estimated 30 years – possibly longer, committee member Noel Crawford said.

Money raised goes to charity.

The event, organised by Timaru North Rotary, includes two distances – a 10km run or walk from Hadlow Rd at 9.30am or 3km from the Church St Countdown at 9.45am.

Each distance finishes at Caroline Bay, where Children’s Day will also be celebrated.

“[Hadlow to Harbour is] a very popular event. People like it for the fact it’s a fun run, so there’s all types of dressing up,” he said.

“It’s quite amusing to see them at the finish line with all their get-up.”

Last year’s event attracted about 1200 people and organisers hope to match that again this year.

Mr Crawford encourages everyone to give it a go, as it is a chance to get some exercise while also socialising with a large group of like-minded people.

Children will have the chance to take part in activities at the end.

Hadlow to Harbour participants are asked to park their vehicles on a grass area near the Caroline Bay car park, so parking is still available for people attending Children’s Day, Mr Crawford said.

Mr Crawford said a large group of Hadlow to Harbour committee members and volunteers had worked hard to make the event possible.

“There’s lots of organising. We need about 90 people to man all the roads and intersections and all the other duties,” he said.

“It’s a big event for our club.”