As the Alexandra Harriers and Walkers Club prepares for the Monteith’s Clyde to Alexandra 10km Event 2022 later this month, it has also celebrated a donation made from last year’s proceeds.
Past president of the club, Jo Wilson, said the Alexandra to Clyde Road Race was the primary fundraiser for the club each year.
Earlier this year, the club made a grant of $2500 to Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust, which raises native seedlings at its Clyde Railhead nursery.
Trust president Claire Becker said such donations were greatly appreciated.
‘‘It’s wonderful to have that acknowledgement from the Harriers that we are doing good things in the community,’’ she said.
For the Harriers and road race organiser Bill Godsall, it is full speed ahead preparing for this year’s race, after Covid-19 scuttled the 2020 event and caused the race to be postponed and numbers reduced last year.
Mr Godsall said they would be happy to have about 300 participants this year, and entries were open on the day for any locals deciding to join at the last moment.
The event includes walking races as well as running, and the children’s 2km and 4km off›road events are back on this year after being Covid-19 casualties last year.
This will be the 53rd year the race has been run and, with the 2022 Dunedin Marathon scheduled just over two weeks later, it is hoped it will be a good training event for elite runners.