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Cycle and run spectacular Coromandel

Aug 20, 2013

Training has started by athletes entering Cranleigh’s two great adventure races – the K2 cycle race and the Great Kauri Run across the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.

The first on the calendar is the Cranleigh K2 cycle race on November 2. It is the toughest one day cycle challenge in the southern hemisphere on one of the most scenic and varied courses anywhere in the world.

“Last year more than 1300 elite and recreational cyclists braved the gruelling hills of the Coromandel Peninsula,” says Cranleigh director and race co-organiser Andy Reid.

This spectacular and challenging 200 km tour of the Coromandel Peninsula has become one of New Zealand’s favourite road cycling events. With some 40 kilometres of climbing and 2300m of altitude gain, the Cranleigh K2 combines a hefty prize purse and the rigours of European cycling with the Coromandel’s supreme surroundings

For those not up to the 200km ride there are a 100km and 50km rides as well as a 100km corporate team challenge for teams of four or more .

The event starts from a different Coromandel town every year.

This year’s race marks the 12th anniversary of the Cranleigh K2 and the race will start in Whitianga and travel in an anticlockwise direction through, Coromandel, Thames, Tairua and back to Whitianga.

“For some it’s a race, for others it’s a ride. The majority of people just want to get around the course without feeling too trashed at the end of it because it’s quite a punishing ride,” says Reid.

Some of New Zealand’s elite cyclists have won the event including world junior cycling champion Jeremy Yates and Olympian Sarah Ulmer.

Three weeks later on November 23 more than 300 runners will line up to take part in the Great Cranleigh Kauri Run across the stunningly beautiful northern Coromandel Peninsula.

The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run comprises of a series of off-road trail runs or walks of 23km, 32km, 70km and the 13km Corporate Challenge. This year’s event is the 10th anniversary of this spectacular event.

The Cranleigh Corporate Challenge is designed to encourage companies to take time out from business, form teams, train and compete in one of the best physical challenges in New Zealand’s most superb natural environment.

This is a team race with all team members belonging to the same organisation. Each team must have at least four members and a maximum of seven who run or walk the spectacular trail starting on the white sands of Waikawau Beach and finishing at White Star Station close to Colville.

All team members must complete the course and the average time of the four fastest competitors in each team will be calculated to determine overall placings.

Last year about 20 companies took part in the Corporate Challenge, which was won by Hamilton law firm Tompkins Wake followed by Cranleigh Young Guns.

The unique aspect of the event is the planting of a Kauri tree along the trail for every participant taking part. The aim is to eventually showcase a 32km avenue of Kauri from Waikawau on the eastern coastline to Coromandel town for future generations to enjoy.

It is hoped that in 500 years time the avenue of kauri being planted will be able to be seen from space.

Race director Andy Reid said more than 2389 trees have been planted to date at a distance of around seven kilometres. "A number of competitors have come back and helped us plant the trees. To my knowledge we were the first event in the world to start doing this and I think a few events around the globe have followed suit.”

More information can be found at: www.arcevents.co.nz

(Below last year's Cranleigh teams after the 13km corporate challenge on the Great Cranleigh Kauri run.}


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