Run across NZ may be a new record
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.
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.
Marathon daily: Mina Holder has blazed a trail through New Zealand.