Dezma puts her heart into Ever­est marathon

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Dezma McGre­gor will run in the shadow of the world’s high­est peak when she races in the Ten­z­ing-Hil­lary marathon later this month.

The 42km run will see her tra­verse Sherpa trails that lead to Nam­che Bazaar, the last town be­fore the fa­mous moun­tain.

The mum of one, who works in Pen­rose, says she read about a sim­i­lar race in a mag­a­zine.

But she chose to do the Ten­z­ing-Hil­lary marathon be­cause it takes place on May 29, the day Ten­z­ing Nor­gay and Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary con­quered Ever­est.

“When I de­cided to do this race Sir Ed had not yet passed away but af­ter he died I re­ally wanted to do the race in or­der to cel­e­brate the amaz­ing life of an in­cred­i­bly amaz­ing man.”

Dezma has to carry food, first aid kits and wet weather gear on the jour­ney, as well as deal with freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, rough ter­rain and the pos­si­bil­ity of com­ing down with al­ti­tude sick­ness.

De­spite all the chal­lenges, Dezma hopes to fin­ish in about 10 hours.

“The ma­jor­ity of com­peti­tors are Sher­pas so they tend to fin­ish the race a lot ear­lier than for­eign­ers. I think the fastest for­eigner has com­pleted this race in about four hours. I’m not par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about my time. I just want to fin­ish.”

She will also spend two weeks on a trek to a base camp to help ac­cli­ma­tise to the higher al­ti­tude.

The race is the first of sev­eral events the New Lynn res­i­dent plans to take part in over the next few years to raise $50,000 for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

“I chose the Heart Foun­da­tion be­cause it is a char­ity I could re­late to,” she says.

“As a pre­vi­ously obese per­son I re­alised had I not changed my un­healthy lifestyle I was des­tined to be­come one of the 16 peo­ple that die each day be­cause of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.”

Dezma has lost 50kg since tak­ing up run­ning three years ago.

Heart Foun­da­tion mar­ket­ing man­ager Bruce Waldin says Dezma’s $50,000 goal shows real com­mit­ment.

To spon­sor Dezma visit http:/www.heartracer. / Dez­maMc- Gre­gor/, send a cheque to Project Pace­maker, c/- Heart Foun­da­tion, PO Box 17-160, Green­lane, Auck­land, or call 571-9191.

To fol­low Dezma’s race progress, visit www.noth­ingstoohard. co.nz.

De­ter­mi­na­tion: Dezma McGre­gor is set to take on the Ten­z­ing-Hil­lary marathon around Mt Ever­est later this month.

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