Athletic club grateful for track maintenance

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Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club has shown its appreciation of a club which builds and maintains tracks around Dunedin.

The athletics club gave $500 to Mountain Biking Otago (MBO) on Tuesday.

“We have club runs out on all the tracks that the Mountain Biking Otago organisation maintain and build, and we felt we owed them something because of what they contribute to us and, more widely, the Dunedin people,” club captain Stu McCormack said.

“They create these great amenities which we all enjoy, and we felt that we should contribute in some way.”

McCormack said they used the tracks for club runs throughout the year.

“We like using The Big Easy.

“In the summer months we have a course which takes us through the Redwoods.

“We really like that.”

Club members always saw other people using the tracks as well, whether walking a dog or riding a bike.

This showed that “more and more” people wanted to get out in the environment and use the facilities that were available in the city.

“It’s a wonderful thing.

“It’s getting so many people up off their couches and out into nature and exercising at the same time.”

Club president Ken Fahey was “very impressed” when he used The Big Easy about two weeks ago.

MBO president Kristy Booth said the money would be put towards track maintenance.

“For us, what we do is we build tracks for multi-use so it’s really nice to see our multi-users actually recognising what we do and supporting us.”