To­tal Sport event for all ages

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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.’’

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All set: Matt and Re­becca Ray­ment will be com­pet­ing in The Tani­wha marathon in the Waikato in Novem­ber to raise money for Shine.

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