Northburn 100 tests endurance

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Hardy adventurers are set to scale the heights at the Northburn 100 this weekend.

The series of races starting at Northburn Station near Cromwell will test the endurance of participants who can enjoy spectacular Central Otago scenery.

Race director Terry Davis said despite international borders still being closed he expected about 200 people to take part in the range of races over the weekend.

The numbers were similar to previous years, even though normally about 30% of entries would be from Australia.

‘‘So we are happy with the increase in New Zealanders taking part.’’

The main endurance event was the 100km, 10,000m vertical high-altitude race.

‘‘We’ve got about 80 people entered in that.’’

But there were a whole range of other shorter distances to suit a variety of skills, Mr Davis said.

In particular interest this year were 5km and 10km night races starting at 8.30pm on Saturday.

‘‘That is something quite unique as there are no other night runs offered around the place.’’

‘‘It is particularity good for kids. There is a real sense of adventure, getting out there with a torch on a headband, and following the reflectors around the 5km course.’’

Another opportunity for children was a 2km adventure run on Sunday at 1pm which included creek crossings, jungle runs and scrambling over rocks and an old pipeline.

The event had been operating for about a decade and had been used as a fundraiser for the Cromwell Scout Group, raising thousands of dollars for the local group over that time, Mr Davis said.