Exercise and have fun, doctor advises
A local doctor, Greg Dunn, says he competes in events like The Goat to demonstrate to his patients the benefits of staying fit and healthy.
‘‘I’m walking the talk as a doctor. I am demonstrating the importance of exercise not only to stay fit and healthy but also to have fun and reduce stress.’’
This was the first time he had done The Goat Goes Bush Kaimai, which is a 20 kilometre run from Wairere Falls to Aongatete Lodge through the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.
He completed the March 28 event with his daughter Georgia Drysdale-Dunn and his Matamata Medical Centre colleague Dominique Hite, which provided good camaraderie during the tough run. Drysdale-Dunn came third in her category of Young Goats. Another local man Mark McGlashan came fourth overall.
Dunn said it was hard running over the roots, mud and river stones.
He completed the event in three and a half hours. The first competitors were home in just over two hours, he said.
He had done half and full marathons before.
This was the third year in a row the event was held in the Kaimai. It was a spin off of The Original Tongariro Goat which started in 2004.
Matamata Medical Centre doctors Dom Hite and Greg Dunn and Dunn’s daughter Georgia Drysdale-Dunn, who flew up from university in Wellington, all participated in The Goat Goes Bush Kaimai.