Slow ride raises awareness

Last updated 07:58 21/02/2014
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Men with their Honda CT110 motorcycles get ready for a "slow lap" around Highlands Motorsport Park.

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It was more like a slow than fast lap for a group of middle aged motorcyclists who got escorted around Highlands Motorsport Park as part of their journey to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Ivan Fahey, of Cromwell, organised the South Island "adventure" involving the little Honda CT110 motorcycles.

He came up with "The Rural Male Run" motorcycle trip, as a low impact, non-profit event open to all who could source a postie bike and who have a sense of adventure.

"We have got 16 riders from Invercargill in the South to Waikanae in the North, and two support vehicles," Mr Fahey said.

"The average age taking part is about 64 and we have got two survivors of prostate cancer and many guys who have had near and dear to them affected."

The riders started in Picton and finished in Queenstown and have enjoyed seven days of scenic roads, farm and tarmac.

Mr Fahey said because of the low top speed of the motorbikes, he had avoided highways and busy roads when planning the itinerary - instead places such as Molesworth, Lees Valley, the MacKenzie Pass, Dansey's Pass and the Nevis Valley, were visited.

As a survivor of prostate cancer, Mr Fahey wanted to do the trip to promote prostate cancer awareness, he said. "Three thousand men in New Zealand are diagnosed with this disease each year and if this event was to motivate guys to have the check then mission accomplished."

While the participants did not fundraise for the cause along the way, Mr Fahey had set up a website which anyone could make a donation to.

The site is fundraiseonline.co.nz/postiebikeadventure.

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