MS fundraising trek

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 13:54 17/03/2014

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The steep and rugged Marlborough back country left an indelible impression on this year's Great New Zealand Trek participants

This year's event marked the first time the annual trek, which raises money for multiple sclerosis (MS) research, had been held on South Island soil, with participants travelling from Wairau Valley to Clarence over six days last week.

Trek organiser Kitty Johnson said that trekkers could take part on horseback, mountainbike or tramp the route, with each day covering around 35km over private land. This year there were 35 mountainbikers 105 people on horses and 89 walkers, roughly on par with previous years.

"The terrain is very different to the North Island and the North Islanders have been loving it," she said.

After meeting at Wairau Valley the trekkers took a back country route that took in the Waihopai and Avon valleys and Blairick Range before heading down to finish at Clarence on Saturday, via the Ure Valley and Kekerengu.

Over the nine years the trek has raised some $200,000 through the $100 entry fee, a raffle held during the trek and through sponsorship.

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- The Marlborough Express

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