Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Round the Bays

Sunday 9th March was the annual Round the Bays  race. This event has been going for over 40 years. The first race was held in 1972 and was initiated by the Auckland Joggers Club. It has grown considerably in popularity over the years into one of the world's largest fun-runs, with a staggering number of nearly 40,000 registered runners.

The course is 8.4km and takes in the stunning views along the Waitemata Harbour from Quay Street in the city to St Heliers Bay - for more information see the course map. This year the funds raised went to Radio Lollipop, Cystic Fibrosis Auckland Branch, The Hearing House, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand, Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust, Kidsline and Fairfax First Books.

The waterfront has changed much over the years and some parts more so than others. The selection of heritage images below shows you the views you would have experienced had the fund raising race been held before 1972.
 
Mechanics Bay and Hobson Bay:

Ref: 1-W1309, looking east from the Ferry Buildings down Quay Street East and over Mechanics Bay, 1912, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 1-W1368, looking north east from the Cargen Hotel showing Beach Rd (right foreground) and reclamations in Mechanics Bay (left), 1913, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 1-W1858, showing men breaking down Campbell's Point for the new railway outlet with Quay Street East on the right, 1927, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Okahu Bay:

Ref: 4-618, looking east along Okahu Bay towards Takaparawha Point showing Bastion Rock, 1901, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 7-A233, looking west along Okahu Bay, 1907, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 1-W1384, looking west along the beach at Okahu Bay, showing the wharf on the left, 1913, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Mission Bay

Ref: 7-A14531, looking east along Mission Bay beach towards Kohimarama and showing Tamaki Drive, no date, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 7-A3914, looking east from the Savage Memorial along Mission Bay beach, showing Kohimarama wharf and St Heliers, 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 4-3992, looking north over Mission Bay, 1931, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Kohimarama Beach:

Ref: 4-5455, looking west from the eastern end of Kohimarama Beach, 1920, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 4-5369, looking south west by west from the eastern end of Kohimarama Beach, 1931, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 580-4193, Looking east along Kohimarama Beach, 1959-1960, Sir George Grey Special Collections
St Heliers Bay:

Ref: 1-W280, looking west along St Heliers Bay showing part of the wharf, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 7-A3428, looking east along St Heliers Bay beach, showing the St Heliers, 1923, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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