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Tolaga teed up for iconic races

THERE is plenty of fun in the sun planned for the next few weeks, starting with tomorrow’s Tolaga Bay Charity Beach races.

Held at Kaiaua Beach, 60 kilometres north of Gisborne, the races — now considered an iconic event on the local calendar — start at 10.30am.

More than 1000 people enjoyed glorious summer conditions at last year’s charity races, which see horses from all over the region thundering along the sand.

Organisers say that with people travelling from as far south as Motu and as far north as Te Araroa to race in 2014, it was one of the best years yet and they were optimistic 2015 would be even better.

It appears the weather will be along for the fun, with temperatures in the mid-20s predicted, with a bit of cloud to take a the burn out of the sun.

Almost every summer for more than 50 years, volunteers do the hard yards to provide a fun day out, as well as raising thousands of dollars to help drive community developments projects from new playground equipment to the preservation of the Tolaga Bay Wharf.

The next major events are a free concert by jazz ensemble Turanga Bop at Marina Park on Friday (6pm), and Gisborne Speedway’s next meet at Eastland Group Raceway next Saturday, featuring the Streetstock Champ of Champs and the Best Pairs Streetcar Race.