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Cranleigh gets businesses on the run

Cranleigh gets businesses on the run

Leading merchant bank Cranleigh is proving it’s hot to trot.

And it is touting for more ‘suits’ to front up to its unique challenge.

Runners and walkers from businesses throughout New Zealand are already signed up to take part in the “Great Cranleigh Kauri Run” on November 22. But Cranleigh director David Clarke reckons more businesses will want to do the Coromandel Peninsula event once people recognise the fantastic team building opportunity and the beneficial spin off for the environment.

Always ready for adventure and involved in sustainable business ventures, Clarke says Cranleigh Merchant Bankers is proud to be principal sponsor of the Kauri Run. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts around 300 runners and walkers from all over New Zealand and some from as far afield as Japan, North America and the UK.

The Kauri Run combines the physical challenge of either a 32km or 13km individual or team run among breathtaking scenery.

Clarke says Cranleigh has introduced the ‘Cranleigh Challenge’, which will see each member of a corporate team complete the 13km course. The team with the quickest average time will take out the title. Each team can enter as many members as it wishes, with a minimum size of three.

“The Cranleigh Challenge champions will be treated to a special mystery prize which, I assure you, will involve a lot of fun,” he laughs.

For everyone who takes part in the Great Cranleigh Kauri Run or walk, a kauri tree will be planted along the trail. Around 200 years ago, most of the Coromandel Peninsula was covered in kauri forest. Today few of these majestic giants remain.

Cranleigh and the event management team, Adventure Racing Coromandel (ARC), hope to eventually plant over 10,000 trees so that one day there will be an avenue of kauri from Waikawau Beach to Coromandel for future generations to enjoy.

“Our practice has a strong environmental focus so it’s only natural that we should support an event that promotes New Zealand’s amazing natural heritage and supports efforts to combat climate change through the replanting of native forest,” says Clarke.

Cranleigh will work alongside the Spirit of Coromandel Trust members who plant the kauri trees along the trail and maintain them in their important first few years of growth. There have been over 900 kauri planted to date and these can be seen at the beginning of the Waikawau trail. In addition, the net proceeds from each entry go to the Spirit of Coromandel Trust. The trust aims to encourage people, particularly youngsters, into sporting and outdoor activities.

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