Established by the Mayfield Lions in 2006, the Mt. Somers Mountain Challenge is a mountain event for all ages and abilities, created to raise funds for worthy causes.

Since its inception the race has wound its way through the historic Mt. Somers Station, home to the Acland family, without whose support the event simply would not be possible. Journey through this rugged, captivating landscape, weaving around grassland and tussock, shady forests and the flourishing native bush. Just an hour’s drive from both Christchurch and Timaru, the picturesque setting makes for a great day out, with competitors, supporters, and general onlookers coming from far and wide to enjoy the festivities.

The events cater for a range of sports, levels and competitiveness, making it a day the whole family can enjoy. The MTB races include the Hokonui Radio Challenge course, with steep ascents and descents aimed at the experienced, competitive rider, and the RDR Foothills race, designed for those still after a good workout. Offering for the first time in 2019 we have Big Als Foothill Duathlon and the Skinners Bikes, Mowers and Saws Lowland Duathlon for under 18 competitors. We also have the Cross Contracting Mountain Run and the Sponsors Walk.

An added bonus to the day includes a meal at the conclusion of the races, included in the entry fee. This is a great chance to enjoy a laugh with fellow competitors, and there are always plenty of tall tales and amusing anecdotes shared. The event was created purely and simply to raise money for community causes. A recipient of this year’s proceeds includes Ronald McDonald House, as well as a host of local organisations, ensuring the entire community benefits from this fantastic event.

The event for 2019 will take place on the 23rd February, with postponement date being 24th February