Numbers build for track fundraiser

SHIRLEY WHYTE IN TUATAPERE
Last updated 11:28 30/01/2013
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Getting in some walking practice at the Te Wae Wae Lagoon, with the Hump Ridge in the background, before attempting the Stump the Hump in Tuatapere this weekend are, from left, Gemma Edgerton, of Tuatapere, Kirsty Erskine, of Te Wae Wae Bay and Dale Edgerton, of Tuatapere.

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Tuatapere is gearing up for its annual 24-hour challenge - Stump the Hump.

Stump the Hump is not a race or a run; participants start the 55km walk from Rarakau at midnight on Friday, February 1, head to Okaka Lodge first, then proceed to Port Craig, and finally walk over Bluecliffs Beach before returning to Rarakau on Saturday afternoon.

More than 190 participants have registered and more are expected.

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track general manager Trish King said this year was the third year in a row that they had held the event.

"We have quite a few people waiting to see what the weather report is likely to be before registering so we are expecting the walker numbers to rise."

"The oldest participant to register so far has been Ian Dawson, 81, from Invercargill, who is stumping the hump for the third time, and the youngest so far is Tom Slee, 16, from Blackmount, doing the walk for the second time."

Te Wae Wae resident Kirsty Erskine said she was keen to take part in the Stump the Hump event after listening to participants talking about their experiences.

"It's become a ‘must-do' event, and one we can tick off our bucket list. It's good to support the community, it's right on our back door; we look out on the Hump Ridge every day and we are hoping to complete the walk in under 16 hours," Mrs Erskine said.

Stump the Hump is an annual fundraising event for the Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust with all proceeds going towards the track and the community of Tuatapere.

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