Con­quer­ing my first Tower Run

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

‘‘I like to run, but I didn't think I could make the distance non-stop, so next year, I will run it.’’

I am ashamed to ad­mit, that af­ter over 10 years liv­ing in the Mata­mata com­mu­nity, I have never com­peted in a Tower Run.

I have, through the Chron­i­cle, be­ing in­volved as a vol­un­teer and have cov­ered it for the pa­per on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions and thanks to re­porter Ka­t­rina Tani­rau - nee Lin­ton­bon who took the photos this year, I was able to com­pete in the 6.6km walk.

I like to run, but I didn’t think I could make the distance non-stop, so next year, I will run it - and now you all can hold me ac­count­able to that.

I ad­mit it was the prospect of get­ting a medal that en­ticed me to com­pete. It is prob­a­bly the only medal I will ever re­ceive in a sport­ing event.

And giv­ing out medals to mark the 40th year of the Tower Run was such a great idea and they looked great. An even greater as­pect was hav­ing Tony Richards, one of the three orig­i­nal Tower Run com­peti­tors, as the starter.

What is al­ways great to see at any com­mu­nity event like this are all the vol­un­teers who bring it all to­gether - and they re­ally did. Dis­trict Sport Waikato co-or­di­na­tor Lou Beer, along with Lynne Coun­sell, Steve Wen­zlick and Kevin Guest worked tire­lessly to put on a great Tower Run. Of course, they can’t do it alone.

Wen­zlick said the com­mit­tee are hugely grate­ful to Ki­wa­nis, Starfish, West­pac, Tower Road Mo­tel, Michael Cor­ney and J Swap Con­trac­tors, Soul Church, New World, St John, Marks Ewen vets and San­dra Hunter who all did their part to en­able to 320 par­tic­i­pants, aged 5-to-85 to com­pete.

The King and Queen this year was Mathew Mor­ley and Bar­bara Hunter, who also won the ti­tle of queen in 2016. First ju­nior run­ners, aptly named the prince and princess of the tower, were Ash­lyn Good and Con­nor Good­win.

Beer said she al­ways en­joys see­ing the amount of fam­i­lies who par­tic­i­pate, the hus­band and wife teams, and the ju­niors who love the in­de­pen­dence that comes with com­pet­ing on their own.

The to­tal fundrais­ing amount, which will ben­e­fit the Ath­let­ics and Har­ri­ers Clubs will be printed in next week’s is­sue. Spot prizes were kindly do­nated by the fol­low­ing busi­nesses: Mata­mata Chi­ro­prac­tic, Mitre 10, Liquor­land, Mata­mata Sports World, Sin­cer­ity Dryclean­ers/Ap­par­el­mas­ter, Re­doubt Bar and Eatery, Mata­mata Vision Care, Mata­mata Farm Source – Our Place, Walker Con­struc­tion, Centi­grade, Super Liquor, Pa­per Plus, Strider, Wil­liams Jew­ellery, Tone­zone, Jane’s Fash­ion and Ac­ces­sories, Gifted, Fur­ni­ture Zone, For­get Me Not, Pip­pins, Bees ‘n But­ter­cups, Life Phar­macy, In­spire Bou­tique, Wild Rose In­te­ri­ors, Stir­ling Sports, Health 2000, Ko­dak & Black, Roberto’s, Di­a­mond Jewellers, Repco, Four Sea­sons Gar­den Cen­tre.

KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU

Mata­mata Chron­i­cle re­porter Rex­ine Hawes con­quered the 40th an­nual Tower Run and she has the medal to prove it.

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