Pedal power in Lumsden

Angus McFadzien (7) and Fraser Gill (5) help Mike Gill to locate an orange tag down near the river.

The sounds of gears changing, pedals turning and feet pounding could be clearly heard around the streets of Lumsden during a new event last month.

Organised by Jan McFadzien and a team of keen helpers, Lumsden hosted its first ever Rogaine event to raise money for the Lumsden Community Bike Park, which is to be built on the Lumsden Primary School grounds.

Rogaine was set up by an Australian group of friends and is an orienteering event where people head out on foot or bike, armed with a map to hunt down tags with key words on them to gain points. Participants came from all over northern Southland and took part in one of four categories.

The Lumsden course took in some of the town as well as tags placed on and around the cycle trail, and provided a challenge for those who decided to try for the tag situated up the top of the hill.

However, the view, and the ride back down, was definitely worth it.

There were 21 teams. Entrants commented on how fun it was to get out for some quality family time and hoped it would become a yearly event.

Thanks to generous support from Meridian Energy plus the entry fees, the event raised around $4500.


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