Round the Bays fun: meet Team Brexit


Last year Sinead Lough­nane drank cof­fee in a Ko­hi­marama cafe be­fore tak­ing pho­tos of her hus­band and his friends cross­ing the fin­ish line at the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run.

Si­mon Lough­nane, Sinead’s hus­band, and his friend Ian Benet ran with almost no train­ing.

This year there will be no re­lax­ation or lack of prepa­ra­tion.

In­stead, along­side spa ther­a­pist Es­ther Lav­er­ick, they’ll be run­ning the race af­ter six weeks of in­tense train­ing to­gether as Team Brexit.

Fair­fax Me­dia, pub­lisher of, is pro­vid­ing Team Brexit with a mem­ber­ship to the Tepid Baths gym, pool and run­ning club to help them on their jour­ney.

Three years ago Si­mon, a project man­ager, and Sinead, an ac­coun­tant, moved to Auck­land from Bed­ford­shire ’’the fur­thest point from the sea in the United King­dom’’ with a 12 month visa and couldn’t help but stay on.

Ian, who works in pub­lic re­la­tions, went to school in the UK with Si­mon and got in con­tact when he de­cided to move over two and a half years ago.

We’ll be fol­low­ing Team Brexit over the next six weeks track­ing their progress as they train for glory.

‘‘We’re com­ing at this from the pre­ven­ta­tive an­gle, if we were still in the United King­dom we’d all be fat,’’ Si­mon said.

While Team Brexit are all ac­tive, they’re not nat­u­ral run­ners and are want­ing to im­prove how they run.

‘‘We want to learn run­ning tech­niques, breath­ing ex­er­cises and strate­gies to run a suc­cess­ful race,’’ Ian said.

Each week they’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a 6am run­ning club from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day and per­sonal train­ing on Thurs­day evenings.

Sinead has been run­ning once or twice a week now for the last six months in a slow build­ing prepa­ra­tion, but she has rarely run more than 5 kilo­me­tres.

Si­mon and Ian ran the race in 40 min­utes last year af­ter do­ing almost no train­ing and the main goal is to beat that time.

‘‘We’re do­ing it for the Brits abroad prov­ing you def­i­nitely don’t need to be in Europe to have a great life­style.’’

Round the Bays is an 8.4km flat course from the Auck­land CBD to St He­liers Bay.

Visit roundthe­ to reg­is­ter for the 2017 Port of Auck­land Round the Bays on March 5.

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