Lion tackles Sand to Mud
The 33rd annual Waiuku Sand to Mud Fun Run kicks off on Sunday and organiser Grant Thompson is sick of being just a helper.
Instead, the 57-year-old will this year compete in the 8km event for the first time. ‘‘This year I thought ‘I’m just gonna do it’,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve always wanted to have a go and I’m in the best nick since playing premier rugby years ago.’’
The fun run/walk is a major fundraiser for the Waiuku Lions Club, of which Grant is a member. He has two main goals for the day – the first is to finish the race, and the second is to do so in under an hour.
Having been involved in the event for eight years, he is pretty familiar with the course which starts at Karioitahi Beach and finishes at the town clock, and has a plan in his head as to the best way to tackle it. ‘‘The first 1.8km is straight uphill so I’ll walk up there then see how the energy level is and I’ll try and jog the rest.’’
Earlier this month Grant walked an impressive 20 hours in one day during the Relay For Life to pay tribute to a friend he lost to cancer. During the event he suffered from severely blistered feet and he remembers tipping the blood out of his shoes.
Funds from Sunday’s event are used to pay for eight primary school students to attend a YMCA camp, as well for secondary students to spend six weeks in Australia as part of a youth exchange.
Entries for Sunday’s event are open to individuals, as well as primary school teams with the cost $ 8 per adult, $ 5 per secondary student and $3 per primary student.