Land Search and Rescue to the rescue

Laurie Stephenson and Max Biles from Waikanae. Team ‘Built for Comfort’. Taken at 2014 event on the Ohau River

The fifth annual Big Bang Adventure Race will take place on a top secret course within the Kapiti / Horowhenua region on 7th November and once again Horowhenua Land Search and Rescue will provide the safety services.

Big Bang Adventure have teamed up with LSAR since the start of the event in 2011. Event director, Carrie Yaxley, praises their continued relationship: “We simply could not do the event without the backing of LSAR. The knowledge they have of this area and the skills they possess are invaluable to the event. The smiles from the LSAR teams are much appreciated by teams who may go off track during the event”

Big Bang Safety and organising team 2014. Back row from left: Robin Kennedy-Moffatt, Marty Yaxley (BBA trustee), Rob Bigwood (LSAR), Kenneth Island (LSAR), Rachel Cousins (LSAR), Shane Lambert, Liz Lambert, Keith Rowe (LSAR), Russell Highman (LSAR), Pete Daw- son (BBA trustee), Jerry O’Mahoney, Graeme Yaxley. Front Row: Simone Dawson (BBA trustee), Carrie Yaxley (BBA event manager), Pip Sinclair (Click for full size)
Big Bang Safety and organising team 2014.
Back row from left:
Robin Kennedy-Moffatt, Marty Yaxley (BBA trustee), Rob Bigwood (LSAR), Kenneth Island (LSAR), Rachel Cousins (LSAR), Shane Lambert, Liz Lambert, Keith Rowe (LSAR), Russell Highman (LSAR), Pete Daw- son (BBA trustee), Jerry O’Mahoney, Graeme Yaxley. Front Row: Simone Dawson (BBA trustee), Carrie Yaxley (BBA event manager), Pip Sinclair (Click for full size)

The 6hr event incorporates mountain biking, hiking and tubing all self-navigated by a good old map and compass. Chris Maher, president of Horowhenua Land Search and Rescue said that “we rely on our phones and GPS’ nowadays so to take things back to basics in this event is a wonderful – if not challenging – experience for some competitors. LSAR generally spends race day up in the hills on the course ready to catch teams if they do venture too far off track. We love working this event, its great practice for our rescuers and the people that enter are great fun. We are very proud to, once again, be associated with Big Bang Adventure”

Big Bang Adventure is run by the Big Bang Adventure Charitable Trust with the main aim of getting more people active in the outdoors whilst also promoting the local region.

Big Bang Adventure acknowledges the voluntary efforts of LSAR, Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving and Ōtaki Rotary who help make the event whilst raising funds for their causes.

The fifth annual event takes place on 7th November            entries close soon. 

For more details check out www.bigbangadventure.co.nz