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Below is a press release on the  Cape Brett Challenge-

Northland’s toughest run – the Cape Brett Challenge – is less than a month away. The re-established trail race for April 27th, based at Rawhiti in the Bay of Islands, is proving a popular draw once again and has attracted over 220 entrants in total so far, almost half from the Auckland area alone.

Among those taking part will be Vajin Armstrong, NZ’s top trail runner. Vajin has won the past three Kepler Challenges (most recently posting a sub 5 hour time), and came third this year (but twice second previously) in the Tarawera 100k, not to mention winning the prestigious American River 50k race in the USA.

At Cape Brett this year, Vajin will join former world champions Eryn Lovell and Jim Kettlewell. Eryn Lovell won the junior division at the Xterra world champs in Hawaii in 2010 and Jim Kettlewell won the 65-69 division at the same event in 2011.

Vajin will be contesting the classic 37km route, whilst Eryn and Jim will be taking part in the 17km. Course records could very well be re-written this time!

Event director, Jan Danilo, continues to be amazed at the level of local interest and support on offer. “From the word go everyone, from the Kaingahoa marae, local iwi, local trusts, Cape Brett Walkways, landowners, DOC, has been 100% behind the event,” he says. “It wouldn’t be possible without their support and for that I’m truly grateful.”

Major sponsors this year are as follows:

  • Classic 37km race is sponsored by Kerikeri’s own Little Herbal Company.
  • Whangamumu 17km is sponsored by Format of Auckland. The MD, Jacques de Lange, is taking part in the 17km so look out for him on the route.
  • Kauri ridge 10km is sponsored by the Kerikeri Striders Multisports Club.

Obviously one of the concerns in organising a race of this length and over such demanding terrain is safety. The Cape Brett Challenge is pleased to say that Northland SAR will be providing 14 marshals who will be out on the tracks and stationed at key points. It’s fantastic to have them on board.

And speaking of safety, there’s a hoard of volunteer marshals helping to make sure things go smoothly on the day. St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance at the start/finish to assist as required.

Entries for the classic 37km run close on April 22nd. But entries for the other races will be open up to, and including, the day itself so you can enter the 17km or 10km on the day!

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