Scooter ride honours relative

Participants in the scooter charity ride arrive at the Queenstown Rec Grounds on Saturday. Photo:...
Participants in the scooter charity ride arrive at the Queenstown Rec Grounds on Saturday. Photo: Vanessa Adcock Photography
Scooter Challenge rider Kirstin Burdett said a few prayers during her 220km charity ride from Bluff to Queenstown.

Astride  a pink polka-dot Honda Gyro three-wheeler named Cupcake, she was riding  in memory of her father-in-law, Alex Burdett who died three months ago from prostate cancer, aged 67.

The Dunedin woman said it was a fitting way to honour him given he was a motorcycle enthusiast.

"I said a few prayers to him to make me go faster on the road that is for sure.  I was the slowest bike," she said,  laughing.

Competitors hit the road at 8.30am on Saturday and arrived in Queenstown shortly after 4pm.

There were a few pit-stops along the way when drivers refuelled their bikes and filled their stomachs.

About 100 scooters took part, split into team and individual entrants.

Mrs Burdett, who was part of the four-strong Charlie’s Angels team, said it was inspiring and emotional.

"The camaraderie between people was amazing. There was a really nice vibe between everyone. People went to a lot of effort and raised an incredible amount of money.

"It really fills your heart to see so many people coming together for a common goal to raise money and awareness."

She urged Kiwi men to be proactive in getting a prostate check and she worried some "blokey" men  might be too shy or embarrassed to visit a doctor.

"Just go in and get the checks done ... cancer is not fussy."

Her scooter broke down in Fairlight but she was able to borrow one to complete the final stretch.

While it is not pitched as a race, co-organiser Tash Clay said many entrants had a competitive streak, particularly in the team category.

She said they had a cracking day for it.

"We were so lucky with the weather because the forecast wasn’t looking great, [predicting] showers all day.  But we managed to avoid them at each stop."

Mrs Clay estimates the 2017 event  will raise about $70,000. She thanked all the competitors and their support staff, locals who came out to cheer them on along the way and everyone who  donated cash. 

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