Moth­ers Day out and run­ning


Be­ing seven months preg­nant could not stop one mum from start­ing Mother’s Day with a morn­ing jog.

About 500 Manawatu mums, dads and chil­dren went with­out a sleep-in to walk and run at Manawaroa and On­g­ley Park on Sun­day as part of a na­tion­wide Heart Foun­da­tion fundraiser and aware­ness cam­paign about pre­vent­ing heart dis­ease in women.

Shonalla Tan­gaere, a mother of ‘‘two, nearly three’’, fin­ished the 5km run in 30 min­utes while be­ing seven months preg­nant. ‘‘I just wanted to see if I could do it.’’ The Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk is one of the big­gest Mother’s Day events in New Zealand, with more than 9500 women tak­ing part across 23 lo­ca­tions around the coun­try.

Tan­gaere ran in Palmer­ston North along­side part­ner Sonny Wood­mass, who pushed their chil­dren Waimaria, 3, and Cairo, 11 months, in a stroller.

‘‘To be able to to do it with my fam­ily, that is all I want on Mother’s Day,’’ she said.

Tan­gaere said she was ‘‘pretty stoked’’ with her ef­fort. To her, be­ing a mum meant be­ing a role model. ‘‘Just to be an ex­am­ple to my kids.’’

Katina Hughes crossed the fin­ish line hold­ing hands with her daugh­ter Chris­to­belle, 7.

‘‘We just like to get out and show our kids what it is like be­ing healthy, and it is for a good cause too.

‘‘It is nice to have breakfast in bed, but it is nice to high-five a few mums out here too.’’

Her breakfast in bed was por­ridge and a smoothie to pre­pare for the run.

Hughes said be­ing a mum was ‘‘ev­ery­thing’’.

‘‘It is chal­leng­ing. It is re­ward­ing. It is en­joy­ing life again, see­ing things from your chil­dren’s eyes.

‘‘It has got its chal­lenges, but these things are spe­cial.’’

Jen­nian Homes Manawatu di­rec­tor Tar­sha Isles said it was awe­some to see so many mums out.

‘‘I think they just want to be out with their fam­ily. It re­ally is just a lovely fam­ily thing to do.’’

Heart dis­ease is the main cause of death for women in New Zealand.


Preg­nant mum Shonalla Tan­gaere with part­ner Sonny Wood­mass push­ing chil­dren Waimaria, 3, and Cairo, 11 months.

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