Men­tal health cham­pion

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

A 24-hour tread­mill stint ended on an emo­tional note.

Stephanie Gilchrist, of Palmer­ston North, spent half of Satur­day and half of Sun­day walk­ing to raise money for men­tal health.

Over that time, she walked 146 kilo­me­tres while her fundrais­ing ef­fort has so far raised nearly $4000.

She is also train­ing to climb Mt Kil­i­man­jaro in Septem­ber as part of a wider fundrais­ing ef­fort.

Her 24 hours on the tread­mill came to an emo­tional end with tears, laugh­ter and hugs all round.

Gilchrist thanked her friends and fam­ily for their sup­port.

‘‘I would not have got through with­out them... These peo­ple are amaz­ing.’’

Gilchrist said she was touched by the peo­ple who walked with her and who had do­nated.

Her ef­fort nearly went askew when she got a blis­ter on her right foot.

‘‘Prob­a­bly about 4am to 8am I just did not think I was go­ing to be able to fin­ish.

But she re­moved her shoe and car­ried on to com­plete the 24 hours with just one shoe on.

Gilchrist said it was not about the dis­tance, but about last­ing the full 24 hours.

‘‘Last year I did 72km in 12 hours so, I knew it was go­ing to be more.’’

At the end of her time she was re­warded with a well-earned glass of red wine.

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Stephanie Gilchrist, right, gets into her stride, sup­ported by friend Ja­nine Tay­lor.

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