will host this year’s Hororata

by Kent Caddick

Middle Rock Farm near Windwhistle will host this year’s Hororata Parish fun run and cycle fundraiser and participants will be able to take in some breathtaking views of the Selwyn countryside.

The annual event raises funds for the Hororata Parish for its community activities and will be held on Sunday, March 5.

The day provides the opportunity for people to access private farm tracks for running, walking and biking with a range of distances, from 6km to 20km.

Hororata Parish Vicar Jenni Carter says the day offers something for all ages and fitness levels.

“This day gives people the opportunity to get off the beaten track with a choice of distance and discipline,” she said.

“Cyclists, runners and walkers all share the track, which allows families to go together, with kids biking and parents walking or running if they choose. 

“We believe the scenery is a very unique aspect of this day, many recreational events are in forest or bush and don’t offer the chance to be in the vast wide open country that Middle Rock offers.”

Middle Rock Farm is in the Lake Coleridge basin, 15 minutes from Windwhistle. The 4WD shingle tracks wind their way through the farm and provide breathtaking views overlooking the Rakaia River and into the heart of the Southern Alps.

“Our event is also unique in there is no set start time, this allows for a stress-free start to the day, and with nice wide tracks there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy being in this wonderful country,” Jenni said.

“The tracks are a series of loops, the further you travel the more advanced the tracks are. A number of intersections allow you to loop back to the start, making it a great day out for groups or families with mixed abilities.

“For those who like to challenge themselves, the 20km track has some great terrain, which will provide some excitement mixed with beautiful scenery. The short tracks still give great views but are a little easier with only a few climbs and no difficult terrain to navigate.”

For more information on the day go to hororataparish.co.nz or facebook.com/hororataparish.co.nz.