Ready for the Lime Half
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.