Fun foremost at children’s cross-country

Children aged 4 and 5 set off in their race. PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Children aged 4 and 5 set off in their race. PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Children who charged off in yesterday’s cool Dunedin air had a few obstacles to contend with that were different from those at a normal cross-country event.

They negotiated "snakes and ladders", climbed a hill called "Mt Everest" and hurtled though tyres and over padding.

The Kids XC Series event at Rotary Park attracted about 60 entries and was run by the Ariki Athletics Club.

Hugo Beeby (9), of Dunedin, tackles the crash-pad obstacle in a cross-country event at Rotary...
Hugo Beeby (9), of Dunedin, tackles the crash-pad obstacle in a cross-country event at Rotary Park, Dunedin, yesterday.
Club president David Crewe said the emphasis was on having fun.

Further events would be held on August 9 and 29, in conjunction with the Otago and then New Zealand cross-country championships in Dunedin.

Mr Crewe said the entry fee was a can of food. The collection would be donated to Presbyterian Support Otago’s Octacan food bank programme.

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