Rain stops for Blue Mountain Challenge

Rocky road . . . Mountain bikers competing in the 55km-long Blue Mountain Challenge bunch up on a gravel road section of their long ride. PHOTO:SAM GOLD
The annual Clutha Valley Lions Blue Mountain Challenge was held last Sunday and had a good turnout despite cooler conditions, organiser Gary Stirling says. ‘‘The day went very well, in fact everyone said it was great weather for riding and running, no rain and not too hot,’’ he said. ‘‘We were worried when it rained heavily overnight but it stopped in the nick of time and everyone had a great time.’’ The event had drawn 100 entries this year and Mr Stirling said it was good to see a lot of young families coming out and taking part. ‘‘There was a big increase in the numbers undertaking the walking and running sections. Many said it was a great family event and they came because it was a nice low-key event that allowed them to prepare for more serious races later in the month,’’ he said.