New Team and New Categories for Triple Peaks
Now in its 33rd year, entries are open for MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS, to be held on 27th February 2021.
With only 7 weeks until event date, organisers are busy putting the final plans in to place. As directors of the three previous events Emma Buttle and Richard Mills are delighted that there are two new members in the management team.
‘’Gavin Garland has joined as the Volunteer Manager, and we now have Emma Mills to aid Emma Buttle in the back-end planning and delivery. Emma and Gavin bring a skill set that will enhance the event and we are delighted to welcome them to the team,’’ comments Mr. Mills.
‘’For 2021, we are again firmly focussed on raising funds to purchase at least 1,000 native trees for Te Mata Park. Entrants can choose from manuka, kowhai, rewarewa, ngaio or totara. These will go in the ground during next planting season,’’ adds Ms. Buttle.
As an event that has deep roots in Hawke’s Bay, organisers are delighted that proceeds are going to Te Mata Park. ‘’It's essential that the event retains its local flavour. Over the last 3 years we have fundraised a total of $41,584 from Triple Peaks proceeds.’’
MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS covers 55km of private land as well as Te Mata Peak and finishes at Havelock North Village Green. The event is described as challenging, rugged and intensely rewarding. Entrants can run, walk or mountain bike.
‘’Triple Peaks encompasses everything that we love about Hawke’s Bay, with breath-taking views and fantastic tough terrain,’’ comments Ms. Buttle. ‘’It is a great event for the bucket list!’’
Organisers are also working hard to attract elite athletes aiming to ‘bring home the bacon’. Already some big names, including elite mountain biker Sonia Foote, have signed up for the day.
’’We are thrilled to announce that there will be $7,000 in prize money for the 2021 event,’’ comments Ms. Buttle. ‘’This is thanks to our sponsors Firth Concrete, Strata Group, Lattey Group and Patton Engineering.’’
As the person responsible for course design, Mr. Mills is busy finalising which route to take. “We want to continue to ensure that the course is challenging and achievable with a bit of fun thrown in. We are only anticipating minor changes to the 2021 course, which proved to be very popular in 2020.”
Whilst 2020 Triple Peaks was a resounding success with over 600 competitors, organisers are making slight changes to the categories. “A Two Peak Tiki Tour will encourage walkers, runners, mountain bikers and e-bikers to explore both Mount Erin and Mount Kahuranaki over a 37 kms distance. And the One Peak Explorer will go over Mount Erin in 2021, at a 15 km distance,’’ adds Mr. Mills.
Keen to extend their reach, organisers are also promoting MCL Construction Triple Peaks beyond Hawke’s Bay. ‘’Whilst 30% of our entrants were from out of town in 2020, and with COVID-19 putting a halt on international travel, we are confident that we can continue to entice significant numbers of competitors from out of the region for 2021, with their friends and families, enjoying everything that Hawke’s Bay has to offer,’’ comments Ms. Buttle. ‘’We are delighted that our numbers are already 25% higher than this time last year.’’
All entrants receive a Finisher’s Medal, a complimentary glass of GIANT Brewing beer (over 18 only) and can enjoy live music during the course and at the event village.
‘’Participants will traverse private land on Mount Erin, Mount Kahuranaki and the iconic Te Mata Peak,’’ comments Mr. Mills. ‘’The views along the course are simply spectacular.’’
Please visit www.triplepeaks.co.nz for more information and to register. MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS will be held on 27 February 2021 and entries are now open.