Mountain climbers high-fiving on bikes
A Cromwell bike shop owner has helped ease two High Five-0 runners down from a 50-day high.
Nigel Lines, of Crank Cycles, has gifted Malcolm and Sally Law two new Trek mountainbikes in recognition of their completion of the High Five-0 challenge and raising significantly more money than planned.
Lines was approached by High Five-0 red-shirt runner Terry Davis with the request for a couple of bikes for the pair, having just finished something so epic that they were likely to struggle through the next few weeks as they came down from a 50-day-long ‘‘high’’.
‘‘This High 50 was like nothing else attempted in New Zealand and it really was a big lovefest for 50 days. Every day Mal was joined by new friends [the red-shirt army] and they helped him through that particular day’s ordeal of climbing another mountain. Mal had to overcome myriad physical and emotional hurdles from a serious chest infection, major knee injury, inevitable fatigue, to the death of a close friend, the feeling of not being able to carry on and all the people he’d be letting down.’’
The challenge was a huge financial success for the Mental Health Foundation. The initial target was $250,000 but they ‘‘smashed that out of the park’’ before the 50 days even started so then they upped it to $400,000 – then exceeded that before the finish so now they’re looking towards $505,050, Davis said.
‘‘Even better than the money raised is how this whole challenge has raised awareness around mental health and opened up opportunities for people to talk about their own ordeals.’’
The challenge’s blog has a wide range of stories of now- confident, successful people who beat their own mental health demons in the past.
‘‘These stories are important because there are bits and pieces we can all relate to and if you are struggling there are some awesome examples of how to work through it.’’
■ For further information visit: high50.org.nz/blog/ mental-health/
Terry Davis, left, Sally Law, Nigel Lines, Malcolm Law, Lisa McFarlane and Stephanie Combe. Lines, of Crank Cycles, has gifted the Laws two new Trek mountain bikes.