Get ready to compete in the Meridian White Hill Wind Farm Classic

Long uphill tracks, rough terrain and amazing views. Yes it’s time to compete in the annual Meridian White Hill Wind Farm Classic.

The event, in its eighth year and sponsored by Meridian Energy, is being held at Meridian's White Hill Wind Farm near Mossburn on Saturday 27 February.

White Hill Wind Farm Classic Race Director John Douglas says there’s a new race this year, a 17km duathalon.

“It’s the inaugural running of the White Hill duathalon, a 2km run, 10km bike ride finishing with a 5km run. The duathalon is in addition to the 25km bike ride, 17km recreational bike ride, 13km cross country run, 9km turbine walk and children’s 4km bike ride on the wind farm boundary,” says John.

“We really appreciate Meridian’s support for this event, which is huge on the local Southland sporting calendar.”

White Hill wind farm manager, Peter Mason, says it’s one of Southland’s premier mountain bike and cross country events.

“It’s a unique event because it allows the sporting public the awesome opportunity to get up close with the wind turbines on the Meridian Energy site at White Hill, and experience the incredible vistas of the Takitimu and Eyre mountains of the area.”

Funds raised from this year’s events will be going to Mossburn Community Pool, Mid Northern Southland Toy Library, Northern Southland Medical Trust, Northern Southland Community Resource Centre Charitable Trust, Balfour Playcentre, Friends of Lumsden School and Milky’s Publications.

For full race event details and to enter online, go to www.whitehillclassic.co.nz