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