Ready for the Lime Half

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Peo­ple from all over CHB and the re­gion are get­ting ready to spring into ac­tion at this year's Ha­tuma Lime Half Marathon.

Run­ning for over 30 years, this year's event will take place at Waipuku­rau Race­course on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16, as part of of the 2018 CHB Spring Fling se­ries of events.

Lake Wha­tuma, lo­cated just south of Waipuku­rau, pro­vides a pic­turesque back­drop for the 21.1km half marathon and the 10km short cour­ses, which are open to both walk­ers and run­ners.

The half marathon caters for all abil­i­ties, with op­tions for com­peti­tors to en­ter as in­di­vid­u­als or as part of a re­lay team, where each mem­ber com­pletes a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 5km.

With a rep­u­ta­tion for start­ing the sum­mer run­ning sea­son, the event at­tracts par­tic­i­pants from all over the North Is­land.

Last year a record num­ber of more than 400 com­peti­tors turned out, and two long­stand­ing race records were bro­ken in the half marathon in­di­vid­ual sec­tions.

But it's not all about records — the event is de­signed for those want­ing to have a go and join in on the at­mos­phere of a ru­ral run­ning event. Team cat­e­gories are de­signed to be in­clu­sive, of­fer­ing some­thing for every­one of any abil­ity, from those who like run­ning to so­cial walk­ers, teams and groups.

That in­cludes some of Sport Hawke's Bay's own Green Pre­scrip­tion clients from CHB who, since start­ing the pro­gramme and at­tend­ing weekly gym cir­cuit classes, have de­vel­oped a pos­i­tive ca­ma­raderie.

Ac­tive Liv­ing Ad­vi­sor Rachel Gun­son de­cided to put a chal­lenge to them to take part in the half marathon as a team of four.

“There was an in­stant buzz in the gym as peo­ple called out to one an­other “I'll do it if you do” and the roll-on ef­fect was im­me­di­ate. Train­ing walks started the fol­low­ing week with the group meet­ing up each Wed­nes­day morn­ing rain or shine to get into a rou­tine,” she said.

The group al­ter­nates be­tween Waipuku­rau and Waipawa and are al­most cov­er­ing the dis­tance of each leg of the event, but Gun­son said there was no pres­sure on them to treat the event as a race.

“It is a chal­lenge for some who may think they are not ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing the dis­tance, how­ever, the en­cour­age­ment to each other to just do their best is forg­ing friend­ships and es­tab­lish­ing a reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity rou­tine as they en­sure they also keep up their other ex­er­cise classes.”

■ To find out more or reg­is­ter, visit ha­tuma­half­marathon.co.nz

Com­peti­tors with a spring in their step at a pre­vi­ous Ha­tuma Lime Half Marathon, which is back this year on Septem­ber 16.

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