The "Go-as-you-please" race from Lyttelton to Governors Bay and back, about thirteen miles
Joseph Henry Manson (1872-1944) and his son Ernest Henry Manson (1895-1915) are shown setting off. The Post and Telegraph office, with its clock tower, in Norwich Quay, Lyttelton is pictured on the right. The British Hotel is shown on the left. Oxford Street can be seen in the background.
The current race was first run on this course on 11th August 1962.
This was a change from the previous Handicap race, which was run for many years from Lyttelton, over the Bridle Path to the Opawa Methodist Church, Opawa. Entrants used to catch the train from Christchurch to Lyttelton and leave their gear bags on the train which were then transported back to the finishing area in Opawa.
The race sheet had the following preamble “Owing to the differing opinions expressed on the nature of the course covered by the Bridle Path Race , and difficulties being encountered with the Tunnel Road, we are replacing this event with a road race from Governors Bay to Lyttelton. Such a race was last run prior to World War I and the record for the fastest time is held , we understand, held by an uncle of Bill Richards of the Technical Club".
In the 2020 race were two starters from the original 1962 event. Well done to Peter Coughlan ( then Technical; now New Brighton Olympic ) & John Gordon (then Marist and now Port Hills).
This race is proudly sponsored by Aromaunga Baxter Flowers