Run across NZ may be a new record

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By PAUL EAS­TON

An Auck­land teacher has run the length of New Zealand in what’s be­lieved to be the fastest time for a woman.

‘‘It has been the most in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of my life, im­mensely chal­leng­ing but also im­mensely beau­ti­ful,’’ Mina Holder says.

Holder, 34, com­pleted the 3000km Te Araroa Trail in 77 days, 10 hours and 44 min­utes.

She ar­rived

in Bluff on Sun­day af­ter run­ning the equiv­a­lent of a marathon a day. Since then there’s been ‘‘a lot of eat­ing, rest­ing and be­wil­der­ment at what we’ve done’’.

Holder had a sup­port crew of two, her hus­band James and brother-in-law Adam.

‘‘They took it in turns to ei­ther run with me or drive the sup­port cam­per­van. We met some of the most won­der­ful peo­ple along the way, both New Zealan­ders and fel­low Te Araroa trekkers.’’

Holder only took up run­ning eight years ago and fea­tured in the East & Bays Courier (Oc­to­ber 3, 2014) in the build up to the Te Araroa Trail.

She com­pleted the Marathon des Sables in 2012, a 250km route across the Sa­hara Desert, known as the tough­est foot race on earth and sev­eral other ul­tra­dis­tance events in­clud­ing the Hil­lary trail and Pil­grims Chal­lenge.

Holder is orig­i­nally from the United King­dom and will re­turn home next month.

The run has helped to un­der­lined New Zealand’s beauty, she says.

‘‘We’ll be leav­ing heavy hearts.’’

Holder was driven by her de­sire to raise $10,000 for Auck­land’s Star­ship Hos­pi­tal and to sup­port the New Hope charity, rais­ing money for or­phaned chil­dren in In­dia.

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Photo: BEN ROGERS

Marathon daily: Mina Holder has blazed a trail through New Zealand.

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