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Trail behind schedule for opening
By CHE BAKER
Difficult access to the Roxburgh
Gorge Trail has put contractors
behind schedule but trail trust
chairman Stephen Jeffery is
hopeful a ''soft-opening'' of the
southern end will be held before
It was anticipated part of the trail,
which has been split into three
sections because of land access
disputes, would have opened
during summer but access for
gravel trucks to the track and
contractors' other commitments
meant it was behind.
''Like with any big projects
there's alway a hiccup along the
way. It would have been nice to be
open in this fantastic weather,''
Mr Jeffery said.
Final touches were being made to
the 12km track at the Southern
end, from Lake Roxburgh Village
to Shingle Creek, including
gravelling the track which was
expected to be finished at the end
At this stage 6km of a 10km
section from Alexandra to Doctors
Point was complete.
Mr Jeffery said when the
Alexandra section was finished it
would be all the work that would
be done for now.
Work on the middle section of the
trail could not begin until access
issues were sorted and tenure
reviews were complete, which
could be as far away as 2019.
In the meantime jetties were
likely to be installed to allow
riders to have boat access past the
section and complete the trail.
Construction of the trail through
the gorge from Alexandra to
Roxburgh started in November
2011 and included rock-blasting
and excavation. When finished
the trail would be 34km long.
The initial budget was $3.4 million
but the end cost would be over
that amount. At this stage it was
not known by how much.
Trust chairwoman Ruth
Sergeant Derek Ealson,
of Alexandra, are
joining forces to
reduce crime in the
community and deter
criminals. Organisers of
support group hosted
a public meeting in
Alexandra on Friday to
explain how the
support group works
information to those
interested in joining.
Ms McNamara said the
group was formed to help
Alexandra and Clyde and the
surrounding areas become a crime-
free place, to be ready in case of
disaster and to help communities
care for each other and the elderly.
About 15 people attended the
public meeting and signed up as
street contacts but more were
needed. A street contact would
provide a street update to police,
emergency services, Civil Defence
and the Red Cross when needed. Mr
Ealson said it was ''a fantastic
approach to reduce crime in the
area''. ''It's an opportunity for police
to work with an organisation that's
focused on the community and
working together to reduce crime.''
Sergeant Simon Paget, of Cromwell,
said Cromwell was also on the hunt
for more street contacts, and those
who were interested should contact
the area co-ordinator Amanda
PHOTO: CHE BAKER 627741206.
Tough challenge: Northburn 100 race
director Terry Davis says the event will
be the hardest race the competitors will
ever compete in.
Race not for
By EMMA DAWE
What: The Northburn 100 Ultra
When: The first races get
underway at 6am on Saturday,
Where: Northburn Station, five
minutes from Cromwell.
Events: 100-mile (160km), 100km,
50km, half marathon, 5km and
10km night races and a 1.5km
children's adventure race.
With parts of the course called the
''death climb'', the ''loop of
despair'' and the ''loop of desper-
ation'', the gruelling Northburn
100 Ultra Mountain Run, which
starts this weekend, is not for the
fainthearted, according to race
director Terry Davis.
And he should know. No stranger
to 24-hour adventure races and
pushing his body to the limit, Mr
Davis has run the 100-mile
(160km) course once -- and never
''I thought I was pretty tough, but
it's not an exaggeration to say the
last 60 kilometres was the
toughest, both physically and
emotionally, thing I've ever
The event, held at Northburn
Station near Cromwell, is in its
third year, and Mr Davis said it
was increasing in popularity,
with 55 competitors entered in the
100-mile race, up from 30 last year.
Another 40 people were entered in
the two other main events -- the
100km race and the 50km race --
bringing the total competitors to
more than 90 compared with 69
last year and 50 the year before,
Mr Davis said.
People could still register, though
they would be charged a late entry
Mr Davis said there would be a
real international flavour to the
event, with competitors coming
from Singapore, Hong Kong, the
United States, Britain and Aust-
At least half of the competitors in
the 100-mile race were returning,
having competed in the event
''They just seem to love it.''
As well as the three main races,
some new events have been
introduced this year to get more
people involved, including a
''mission'' of a half-marathon
where the first 6km would be
A children's 1.5km adventure race
would also be held, which Mr
Davis said he was particularly
looking forward to, as well as a
5km and 10km night run.
Registrations for those events will
be taken on the day.
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