City rider impresses in Mavora event

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 06/01/2014
Brendan Akeroyd
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PEDAL PUSHER: Invercargill’s Brendan Akeroyd on his way to winning the Mavora Explorer mountainbike race on Saturday.

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Brendan Akeroyd, of Invercargill, turned in an impressive display on Saturday to win the annual Mavora Explorer mountainbike race.

Akeroyd - who has also developed a good reputation on the road and the track as a cyclist as well - completed the 53km mountainbike event in 2 hours 28 minutes.

He was 3 minutes clear of Rob Nisbett, who was second home and 22 minutes clear of third placegetter Glenn Mathewson.

In the 30km mountain race Paul Woodward was the first male home in 1hr 15min, while the first female was Megan Dixon in 1hr 58min.

To cater for all levels there was also a 14km recreational ride for people to take part in.

As well as the mountainbikers, a Mavora Explorer 16km run was held, which Richard Ford took out in 1hr 6min.

About 200 competitors took part across all the events on Saturday in what was the fifth year it has been run.

The only hiccup in an otherwise perfect day was a struggle for competitors to cross the flowing Mararoa River, which led to organisers carting them across by tractor and trailer. The event is organised by the Fiordland College PTA as a fundraiser.

Mavora Explorer organising committee member Noeleen Bolger was thankful to Mararoa Station (Landcorp), Haycocks Station (Landcorp) and Mararoa Downs (privately owned) for allowing the event to be run through their properties.

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- The Southland Times

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