Ex­er­cise and have fun, doc­tor ad­vises

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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