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Boys on bikes . . . Finn Strang (13), Josh De Jong (11) and Ned Newlands-Carter (10) get in on the Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride action. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

You can always count on the Five Forks community to pull together and put on a spectacular fundraising event.

Their Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride, an annual fundraiser for Five Forks School, was held at the weekend and attracted close to 500 riders, young and old.

Many came from out of town and made a weekend of it in North Otago.

Organising committee member Amy Francis said it was a “fabulous weekend”, with opportunities for riders of all abilities.

“Some guys come with their mates one day, then back again the next with the kids, which is pretty cool. We can offer two totally different options for them,” Mrs Francis said.

“We’ve had awesome feedback from riders loving the ride and promising to come back again next year.”

Formerly known as the Kakanui Trail Ride, the event was moved to a new location and given a new name in recent years.

The network of tracks, covering more than 45km in the Five Forks foothills, ranged from easy sections “for the little ones” and gentle slopes for families to challenging tussock country for intermediate riders and advanced sections for experienced riders.

Seeing new riders gain confidence on their bikes and the more experienced “smash” some of the challenging sections of the trails were highlights for organisers.

But above all else, it was always the amazing teamwork by volunteers – from marshalling out on the tracks to in the registration and food tents – and support from sponsors that made it a success.

“Everyone just pulls together to make it happen and we are so lucky to have such a fabulous wee community out here,” Mrs Francis said.

The amount of funds raised would be known in the next few weeks.

“But we are really happy with it and it was successful,” she said.