Adventurous tested in Tarata six-hour race

Six-hour adventure

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 03/03/2014
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The inaugural Taranaki Six Hour Adventure Race saw competitors running, mountain biking, kayaking and more.

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Almost 230 competitors took part in the first Taranaki Six Hour Adventure Race on Saturday.

They turned up at the Tarata Domain, east of Inglewood, to bike, hike and paddle - without knowing where to.

Details of the course were given on the morning of the race. Teams were required to navigate their way through checkpoints and could earn extra points and time credits by participating in mystery activities.

Event director Matt Lash said the final mountain bike stage on Bryan Hocken's sheep farm saw tired competitors faced with bagging sheep manure, drafting sheep, tying knots and testing their archery skills.

About 27 school teams participated, which meant approximately 104 secondary school students competed in the Taranaki Secondary School Sport Association sanctioned event.

The winner was a mixed team of four from New Plymouth called 'It's All Downhill'.

Mr Lash said the event was successful in part due to the support of its sponsors and the Tarata community.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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