Tower chal­lenge ac­cepted

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

For one Mata­mata busi­ness, the Tower Run is not just a fun com­mu­nity event, but the per­fect set­ting for a bit of ri­valry.

Staff of Mata­mata Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices (MVS) Small An­i­mal and Farm and MVS Equine have been hold­ing team chal­lenges for a num­ber of years.

The los­ing team of each chal­lenge will de­cide on the next one. MVS Equine lost the last chal­lenge, which was held at the Mata­mata Gun Club, so de­cided Fri­day’s Tower Run would be the ideal way to knock the champs off their prover­bial perch.

Head Equine nurse Dot Hally­bur­ton said that as the two clin­ics were in sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions, but part of the same com­pany, the chal­lenge was a nice way of bring­ing them to­gether and nur­tur­ing the so­cial as­pect.

‘‘We try to mo­ti­vate each other, it’s all friendly and just a bit of fun.’’

The teams can gain ex­tra points to­wards win­ning each chal­lenge, such as en­cour­ag­ing fam­ily mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate. This year, ex­tra points will also be gained for hav­ing the fastest run­ner.

She said she was fairly con­fi­dent that at the end of Fri­day, the equine team would have the tro­phy.

‘‘The team at Tainui St are an­a­lyt­i­cal about it all and of­ten pull some­thing out of the bag at the last minute, they think about points and how to get them to win, but we just get out there and do it. I know our game plan, so I am very con­fi­dent we will get the tro­phy.’’

This year for the first time, they de­cided to add a fundrais­ing el­e­ment to the com­pe­ti­tion and will do­nate money to­wards the Mata­mata Fire Brigade. There are 15 staff mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing, and each per­son will do­nate $5 per km they run, so by the end of the chal­lenge, they will have over $400.

‘‘We never know when we are go­ing to need the fire brigade, so we de­cided to sup­port them.’’

The Tower Run is this Fri­day, March 3. First walk­ers leave at 6pm, from Tom Grant Drive, at the end of Karaka Street. You can reg­is­ter at the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle be­tween 8.30am and 4pm, $5 ju­niors and sec­ondary stu­dents, or $10 for adults.

It raises funds for the Mata­mata Har­ri­ers and Mata­mata Ath­let­ics Clubs.

REXINE HAWES

Lisa Burch, Dot Hally­bur­ton, Greg Jar­ratt and Christina Janse van Rens­burg.

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