Group founder sees ben­e­fits of walk­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - ABBY BROWN

The founder of a lo­cal walk­ing group, Kath Ock­royd, wants to en­cour­age more peo­ple to join.

She said the Mata­mata group, which she started in 1986, had more ben­e­fits than just keep­ing the mem­bers fit and healthy. ‘‘It’s the to­geth­er­ness I en­joyed,’’ she said. The so­cial group made sure that each mem­ber is matched with some­one with the same fit­ness ca­pa­bil­i­ties so they are not left be­hind.

The group has also taken mem­bers places, in­clud­ing the South Is­land, Fiji, Nor­folk Is­land and Aus­tralia. Three mem­bers com­peted in a 10km walk on the Gold Coast in 1993. Kath said they could only af­ford to be in­volved with th­ese trips with sup­port from Sport Waikato, which the group is no longer part of. Closer to home the group walked from Cam­bridge to Hamil- ton in one hour and min­utes in 1993.

The Mata­mata routes en­able the walk­ers to enjoy the trees and gar­dens which Kath said was a credit to the area. The group walks twice a week. On Fri­days they al­ways walk along Tom Grant Dr and on Tues­day they gather be­fore de­cid­ing which route they will take. They meet at the pools at 9am both days. Con­tact Corry Crabb on 888 8412.

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