Sovereign Tri Series
When: 11 April 2015
Where: McLeans Forest with base at Orana Park and only the running leg through the forest
Description: A duathlon event. for more information please go to their website.
When: 28 March 2015
Where: Ashley River Regional Park
Description: 6 hour team mountain bike race. For more information please visit their website.
Angling for Salmon
When: 22 March 2015
Where: Waimakariri River from Railway Bridge to River Mouth
Description: Salmon fishing competition. For more information please visit their website.
Huxster School Team Relay
When: 20 March 2015
Where: McLeans Island bike tracks
Description: School teams mountain bike relay event. For more information please check the Huxster website.
Dick Farrant Memorial Day Jet Boat Event
When: 25 January 2015
Where: Waimakariri River from Kaiapoi Island jet boat ramp
Description: For more information please visit the Jet Boating New Zealand website.
Orienteers case out McLeans Island
Pam Whitla, planner for the recent orienteering event at McLeans Island, says Environment Canterbury was very supportive of the event. She particularly appreciated having parking along the road, as this allowed the runners to use a different map of the area.
McLeans Island is ideal orienteering terrain.
The Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club chose McLeans Island for their follow up to the city council's event at Bottle Lake. They wanted a typical orienteering site close to the city boundaries to encourage newcomers to return.
Pam says, “We wanted a venue where mountain bike orienteering could also be held. We were very happy as McLeans Island courses give people the opportunity to practice skills and techniques they were introduced to at the Bottle Lake day."
"We chose an area where people could sit together afterwards under the trees and have their picnics together," adds Pam. The post-run picnic is a feature of orienteering with this club.
One of the newcomers was a Japanese homesite boy. He started out totally confused by the concept of orienteering. When asked if he could do orienteering back home, he replied, "no trees".
So, thank-you Environment Canterbury for providing, well, trees.
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