Leggett runs for a cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

For once, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett is wor­ried he’s bit­ten off more than he can chew.

He will run from the coun­cil build­ing in Ha­gley St in Porirua to Welling­ton Rail­way Sta­tion on July 13.

It ticks two boxes for him – pro­mot­ing men’s health and push­ing Porirua’s bid to get into the top five of the Gi­ga­town race.

‘‘I said on Twit­ter if we got to sixth place by July I’d run to Welling­ton, and we got there. To say I’m ner­vous is an un­der­state­ment,’’ he said.

The 20km run is via Mid­dle­ton Rd through John­sonville and down Ngau­ranga Gorge.

Leggett has done a lot of ex­er­cise since his gas­tric band oper­a­tion in 2011 in an ef­fort to keep the weight off, but said he was not nat­u­rally ath­letic.

‘‘For a lot of people it’s a strug­gle to stay fit and I’m not a gifted ath­lete. I have to work hard be­cause I know what the pay-off is.’’

He com­pleted a half- marathon re­cently, and is pound­ing the pave­ment and do­ing work on the tread­mill in the lead-up to July 13. He an­tic­i­pates the first 15km should be fine, but that he may strug­gle in the lat­ter stages.

Leggett said he would likely have ac­com­pa­ny­ing run­ners along the route and that there would be some sib­ling ri­valry to spur him on.

‘‘My brother is com­ing into town [Leggett gets mar­ried a week af­ter the run] and he’s a run­ner. There will def­i­nitely be some com­pe­ti­tion there.’’

The aim of spurring on Porirua’s Gi­ga­town bid is close to Leggett’s heart.

Get­ting into the top five towns in the coun­try by Septem­ber will give Porirua the chance to win the fastest broad­band in the south­ern hemi­sphere for three years.

Leggett said it would be great for res­i­dents’ in­ter­net use and could turn the city into a hot-bed of in­no­va­tion, at­tract­ing high-tech com­pa­nies and cre­at­ing jobs.

He wants people on Face­book and Twit­ter to use the hash­tag #Gi­ga­town­porirua dur­ing his run and reg­u­larly on so­cial me­dia to keep the cam­paign go­ing. Porirua is 400,000 points be­hind fifth-placed Ti­maru, which has 1,106,108 points.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Slow­ing down: Porirua GP Larry Jordan is clos­ing his prac­tice af­ter 33 years.

Run­ning man: Porirua mayor Nick Leggett was fit­ted with new shoes by Shoe Clinic owner Jeremy Boyd two weeks ago, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of his up­com­ing run.

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