Sis­ter ready for the half

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With more than 200 com­peti­tors al­ready reg­is­tered as of last week, en­tries are look­ing good for this Sun­day’s Ha­tuma Lime Half Marathon — but there’s al­ways room for more fam­i­lies to take part.

A high­light of the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay sport­ing cal­en­dar for more than 30 years, the event is an op­por­tu­nity for fam­ily and wha¯ nau groups to get ac­tive, and one fam­i­ly­which has been in­volved in the event for years are close-knit Waipuku­rau sis­ters Paula Thom­sen, Michelle Kneesch and Kathryn Don­nithorne (nee Hal­ford).

Kathryn said the event had be­come a high­light for their fam­i­lies and provided a great chance for them to be ac­tive to­gether.

“When reg­is­tra­tions open, all hands go up in our fam­ily as we are al­ways up for a bit of a chal­lenge. Es­pe­cially if it’s kids ver­sus par­ents,” she said.

“We do teams of four and each year we like to run a dif­fer­ent sec­tion of the lake.

“Last year we agreed to run par­ent and child to­gether but that lasted for the first 2km as the kids speed off, so it is all on this year. Look out kids,” Hal­ford said.

On the fam­ily-friendly course par­tic­i­pants run around Lake Ha­tuma, go­ing in a clock­wise di­rec­tion around a mostly flat course, with a 5km stretch of un­du­la­tions.

Nicki Here­maia, Sport Hawke’s Bay Com­mu­nity Sport Ad­vi­sor said it was great to see more fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially kids, tak­ing part in the event.

“While we get the top ath­letes still com­ing to take part, the event is in good hands with the num­ber of young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“The Ha­tuma Half Marathon is a great fam­ily event which is safe and ex­cit­ing for all.”

There is still time to en­ter with pre-reg­is­tra­tions clos­ing on Satur­day at 5pm.

En­tries will be taken on the day at the Waipuku­rau Race­course but will in­cur a late fee of $10.

Peo­ple can en­ter as in­di­vid­u­als or as a team in ei­ther the walk­ing or run­ning sec­tions with team mem­bers each com­plet­ing one or more sec­tions of the course.

Visit ha­tuma­half­marathon.co.nz for all event in­for­ma­tion and to en­ter on­line.

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