Total Sport event for all ages
An Auckland couple is raising money for anti-domestic abuse charity Shine by running in a marathon.
Matt Rayment, a registered nurse in acute adult mental health, and his wife Rebecca, an occupational therapist in mental health, are competing in The Taniwha marathon in the Waikato on November 9.
It is the second year in a row the couple has competed. They are experienced runners who have done a number of endurance races around New Zealand over the years.
Mr and Mrs Rayment have started fundraising for Kingsland-based Shine through FundraiseOnline.
They are aiming to raise $300 each.
‘‘No matter how difficult this race gets, I’m well aware that this essentially is leisure, it is physical and mental discomfort that I am choosing,’’ Mr Rayment says.
‘‘People who are victims of family violence don’t choose any part of their pain or suffering.
‘‘Raising money for Shine is a way to make what I am doing a bit more connected to the community and socially conscious. [It also] means I can donate more than says.
The Taniwha is a Total Sport event for all ages and fitness levels which takes place on the Waikato River Trail.
Shine is the charity partner that benefits from the event.
More than 800 people participated last year and this year organisers are expecting around 1200.
‘‘I really enjoyed the challenge of last year’s race – both the run and the scenery are lovely,’’ Mr Rayment says.
‘‘This year, as I’ve gotten to be a more accomplished runner, I’m looking forward to the mental challenge and sense of achievement. I’ve done plenty of visualisation of crossing the finish line: That will be pretty sweet.’’
Mrs Rayment says the cause behind the marathon is important to her.
‘‘Having three children and seeing how vulnerable they are, if I can help in any way to give a mother the resource to leave a situation where she or her children are being harmed, I will.’’
All set: Matt and Rebecca Rayment will be competing in The Taniwha marathon in the Waikato in November to raise money for Shine.