Moun­tain climbers high-fiv­ing on bikes

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

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