Run­ners near 1000th

North Shore Times - - FRONT PAGE - FLEUR MEALING

The up­com­ing in­au­gu­ral Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tional Marathon will help five run­ning mates, in­clud­ing a grand­mother, reach their goal of 1000 marathons by 2018.

Char­lotte Nasey, 67, grand­mother of three has a per­sonal goal of run­ning marathons in all seven con­ti­nents, and said Tau­ranga would be her 180th marathon.

‘‘I thought that run­ning the Tau­ranga marathon in Oc­to­ber would be beau­ti­ful, and a fab­u­lous place to spend the week­end with good friends,’’ Nasey said.

So far, ‘‘The Fa­mous Five’’, who met through their shared love of run­ning, have run a to­tal of just over 900 marathons be­tween them.

The group com­prises Nasey and Kiri Price, both from the North Shore, Pat Stich­bury from Palmer­ston North, Nor­man Chan from Christchurch, and In­grid Frost from South Auck­land

The Fa­mous Five would com­pete in the Mel­bourne Marathon on Oc­to­ber 15 be­fore head­ing to Ade­laide for the Coastal Marathon 7in7.

Price and Nasey, who live near each other in For­rest Hill, plan to com­pete at Tau­ranga be­fore head­ing to Aus­tralia where they will com­plete eight marathons in eight days.

Price, a 49-year-old mother of three, was keen to sup­port the new event, which would mark her 134th marathon. ‘‘Any event or­gan­ised by Aaron Carter and To­tal Sport is al­ways awe­some, he’s such an in­spi­ra­tional guy’’.

Both women were avid ex­er­cis­ers, run­ning and swim­ming daily to stay fit. ‘‘We got into the habit of count­ing up our to­tal so it gives us a rea­son to keep go­ing,’’ Price said.

Price said she was no longer mo­ti­vated by times, but in­stead com­peted for the love of run­ning. ‘‘It’s not about fin­ish times any more, it is more about the ca­ma­raderie and be­ing out there and en­joy­ing it,’’ said the AUT Mil­len­nium run­ning coach.

Nasey said her motivation to run came from the com­mu­nity as­pect - be­ing so­cial and see­ing great places to­gether.

With the 1000 marathon tar­get in their sights, there would be no slow­ing down for the pair who wanted to en­cour­age oth­ers to take part. ‘‘We all started with one step in front of each other. Just get out there, you don’t need any fancy gear, just get a pair of de­cent run­ning shoes and start,’’ Nasey said.

Ac­tionS­ta­tion, a non-par­ti­san group, wanted to put up the ad­ver­tis­ing in bus stops on Onewa Rd to en­cour­age Cole­man to ‘‘up his game’’ on men­tal health, cam­paigner Rick Zwaan said.

Zwaan said AdShel re­fused to run the ads for be­ing too po­lit­i­cal, even though they met other elec­tion ad­ver­tis­ing rules.

Ac­tionS­ta­tion re­cently re­leased The Peo­ple’s Men­tal Health Re­view, which rec­om­mended an in­quiry into men­tal health, and which Cole­man dis­missed, Zwaan said. The aim of the ads was not to be po­lit­i­cal.

Cole­man seemed not to be dis­turbed by the ad, say­ing: ‘‘It’s that time in the elec­tion cy­cle.’’ He said it is a pri­or­ity for the Gov­ern­ment to en­sure New Zealan­ders get ac­cess to the men­tal health ser­vices they need. Men­tal health and ad­dic­tion fund­ing has in­creased from $1.1 bil­lion in 2008/09 to $1.4 bil­lion in 2015/16. Bud­get 2017 in­vested a fur­ther $224 mil­lion into men­tal health ser­vices, with Cole­man ex­pect­ing to an­nounce de­tails shortly.

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Char­lotte Nasey, grand­mother of three, com­plet­ing the Ro­torua Marathon in May. Rick Zwaan

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