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