Rogaine expected to draw big turnout

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 15:03 13/03/2014

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Dozens of people will take to the hills in Geraldine at the end of this month.

More than 50 teams are expected to participate in the inaugural Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster.

Co-organiser Mike Harding said the competition was similar to orienteering, and would cover several hundred hectares in the foothills of Geraldine.

"You need to be a good map reader, and you need to be reasonably fit," he said.

Mr Harding said a similar competition was run last year, but this was the first time it was being done properly.

"A lot of people only heard about it at the last minute. This time around, we want to make a bigger thing of it," he said.

Mr Harding said he expected several Geraldine High School students to participate in the competition.

People can join in teams of two to five. Mr Harding said there would be more than 40 "stations" scattered across the Geraldine foothills. "I don't expect any team to find all of them, unless they're lightning quick."

"It's as much about tactics as it is about map-reading and fitness, you need to pick the stations worth the most points, or easiest for you to reach. A good team is one which doesn't squabble too much."

The competition will take place on March 30, with the starting point at Woodbury Hall.

Proceeds from the event will go towards Geraldine High School. Registrations close on March 24.

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- The Timaru Herald

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