Dezma does us proud

Central Leader - - Sport -

Dezma McGre­gor did her coun­try proud in a race around the base of Mt Ever­est last month.

She and part­ner Adrian Cooper were the only New Zealan­ders to take part in the 42km Ten­z­ing-Hil­lary Marathon to raise money for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

Af­ter fall­ing sick on a two-week trek up to Ever­est’s base camp, the pair fin­ished the race in last place out of 130 com­peti­tors in just un­der 17 hours.

“When we came in it was quite dark and our guide didn’t know where the fin­ish line was.”

Be­cause of bad luck with their guide and a poorly sign­posted course, or­gan­is­ers changed the New Zealan­ders’ of­fi­cial fin­ish time to 13 hours.

Dezma says the race will make oth­ers she might do in the fu­ture eas­ier.

Her next chal­lenge is the 60km Ke­pler Chal­lenge in the South Is­land in De­cem­ber. And af­ter be­ing in­spired by Ever­est, Dezma says an at­tempt to climb it could be on the cards.

“I’m se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing it – there’s never been a Maori wo­man near the sum­mit of Ever­est.”

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