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Wanaka’s ‘‘chief nut­ter’’ Mal Law has fin­ished Chas­ing the Dragon around the 1741km perime­ter of Wales.

An­other mul­tisporter, Gavin Ma­son, is in hospi­tal with the rare Guil­lain-Barre syn­drome.

Both are hang­ing in there. Law has raised at least $35,000 for men­tal health char­i­ties (he talks at the New Zealand Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val in Wanaka on July 4).

Ma­son also stepped out re­cently, in the New Zealand Fire­fighter’s Stair­case Chal­lenge for the Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand. Now he is us­ing a Zim­mer frame.

He says he has been blown away by the com­mu­nity’s sup­port, love and kind words.

Law is riff­ing about ‘‘Gates, bloody gates!’’ Dur­ing 26 days run­ning around Wales he opened more than a thou­sand.

Life is full of gates. These mul­ti­sporters show they are not bar­ri­ers. There’s al­ways a way through, over, un­der, around. mar­jorie.cook @fair­fax­me­

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