Runners near 1000th
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.
Charlotte Nasey, grandmother of three, completing the Rotorua Marathon in May. Rick Zwaan