PAPO MTB Orienteering
When: 7 August
Where: McLeans Island
Description: Mountain Bike Orienteering Event
Alaskan Malamute Club
When: 13 August
Where: West Melton Forest
Description: Dry land sled dog racing, wheeled rigs with teams of up to 6 dogs
Year 3 Bike Rally Cotswold School
When: 9 September 2016
Where: McLeans Forest
Description: this is Cotswold School Year 3 Mountain Bike event
12 Hour Day/Nighter and 6 Hour Blast
When: 15 October 2016
Where: McLeans Forest
Description: Mountain BIke Relay event for teams and individuals
Fletcher Building Christmas staff fete
When: 20 November 2016
Where: McLeans Forest oval
Description: staff function
Bridge to Bridge
When: 4 December 2016
Where: Waimakariri South Bank
Description: Mountain Bike Ride and Run event
Classic River Race
When: 11 December 2016
Where: Waimakariri River downstream of Haul Road pylons
Description Kayak race. This is the alternate course for bad weather.
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.
(03) 353 9007
0800 324 636 (EC INFO)
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