An­der­tons up for the chal­lenge

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Richie and Ma­rina An­der­ton won’t be get­ting on a bike for some time af­ter De­cem­ber 13.

The brother and sis­ter, who teach at Aotea Col­lege, are tak­ing part in a char­ity ride from Levin to Cape Reinga early next month. The seven-day jour­ney will cover 1200km, with 40 peo­ple tak­ing part.

The char­ity, Ea­gles Wings, is Aus­tralian-based and fo­cuses on a vil­lage in Zam­bia, help­ing street chil­dren out of poverty and build­ing a school.

Since be­ing es­tab­lished in 2008, the char­ity has raised more than $600,000 through events like bike rides, which have taken place in nine coun­tries.

The An­der­tons have a fam­ily con­nec­tion with Ea­gles Wings, with cousin Reid be­ing in­volved in Aus­tralia.

The duo – who say they are not se­ri­ous cy­clists – com­pleted the in­au­gu­ral Ea­gles Wings ride in New Zealand last year, cy­cling more than 1050km from Christchurch to Mil­ford Sound.

‘‘The idea is that it’s a chal­lenge. It’s meant to be tough,’’ Ma­rina said.

‘‘Last year was bru­tal – there is footage of me be­ing pushed up a hill. It didn’t help that we had to cy­cle over Arthur’s Pass on the first day.’’

Ma­rina said the key was not to go too hard too early.

Richie, rid­ing a bor­rowed bike, will be in the fast team dur­ing the chal­lenge.

The long­est day will be day 5, from Thames to Dar­gav­ille – 194km.

Richie said he had been train­ing solidly since Oc­to­ber 1.

‘‘Last year we didn’t know what we were get­ting into, so at least we know what we’re in for this time around.

‘‘ I’m dread­ing

it a bit, but there’s al­ways painkillers.’’

Ma­rina spent a month in Zam­bia in 2008 and said she was af­fected by her time there.

The ex­treme poverty was eye- open­ing and she said Ea­gles Wings was do­ing great things to im­prove lives.


Fam­ily af­fair: Richie and Ma­rina An­der­ton will cy­cle 1200km in seven days for char­ity.

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