Ramble benefits diabetes group

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By SHELLEY TOPP

The Lions Ashley River Ramble proved a success for the organiser’s chosen charity, Youth Diabetes Canterbury, last Sunday.

The new event for walkers, runners and mountainbike riders was held by the Rangiora Lions Club in conjunction with Rangiora Lionesses and Woodend Lions. It replaced the former annual Kaiapoi Fun Run. Organiser Rob McLeod, of Rangiora Lions, said final figures from the event were not available yet but he expected to be able to give Youth Diabetes Canterbury $2000.

The river ramble represents a change of route from the old Kaiapoi Fun Run.

The 11-kilometre family-friendly ramble began at the Waikuku Beach Domain and followed the river stopbanks to Rangiora, finishing alongside the Ashley River at the Ashley picnic ground.

“We are making use of the well-formed stopbank track so everyone gets to see a lot more of the really attractive local environment,” Rob said before the event.

The change has proved popular.

“We received a lot of good feedback from people, with many asking if we are going to hold the event again next year.”

The positive feedback was pleasing but the organisers were hoping for more participants. They want to triple the numbers taking part next year along the same route. “This route is so much nicer,” Rob says.

He says participants don’t have to worry about the traffic and the organisers don’t have to worry about traffic control. “That is a huge cost saving for us.”