Blazing a trail to give rugby fields a makeover

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
Trail ride

TRAIL RIDE: Motorcyclists get a pre-start briefing from volunteer marshal Llew Smart.

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Rugby players benefit from the Maungaturoto Country Club Trail Ride on November 25.

The annual fundraiser incorporates about 50 kilometres of tracks across farms and through forest. The track is suitable for experts and novices and navigable by motocross or quad bikes.

Money raised will fund improvements to the Maungaturoto Country Club rugby fields. Last year the main field was regrassed. This year, funds will revamp the club's second field.

The club has two affiliated rugby clubs - JMB and the Otamatea Hawks.

Competitors include Whangarei and Auckland residents, Maungaturoto locals and farmers who enjoy riding their farm bikes in a new environment.

The track features a variety of terrain and is popular with children and adults, club member and JMB parent Mike Donald says.

"Skilled riders can complete the track several times, aiming to improve their time and ability, while it also suits anyone who's learning the sport or who just wants to experience riding on a motocross track."

Country club president Rex Roadley says both the local rugby clubs are important to them and the community.

"A big thanks to everyone who supports the event.

"The farmers who let dirt bikers across their properties and the individuals and families who participate - they all help make the trail ride a success."

He says the rugby fields also serve as an landing pad for rescue helicopters, so they need to be in good condition.

The route to the trail ride, 8.5km from Maungaturoto at Smales Farms on Golden Stairs Rd, will be signposted from State Highway 1 on the south side of the Brynderwyns.

Tracks open at 8.30am and close at 3pm.

Entry $30 adults, $20 children under 16, $70 family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children). There will be a mini track for children and food available. Riders must wear helmets and suitable footwear.

The Maungaturoto Country Club, a sports, social and conference centre with several affiliated clubs, including a motocross club, is operated and managed by volunteers.

Contact Mike Donald on 027 285 1408, email jacq.donald@xtra.co.nz for information.

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