Great day for a run

Eastern Courier - - Front Page -

WHAT a great way to spend a Sun­day.

Caro­line Yuill and Li-jia Yap from How­ick joined more than 70,000 peo­ple at this year’s Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays Fun Run

All were there to en­joy the pic­turesque 8.4km jog from Quay St to St He­liers Bay at vary­ing paces.

The an­nual event is partly spon­sored by Fair­fax Me­dia, pub­lisher of Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers and the East­ern Courier.

Around 42,000 par­tic­i­pants reg­is­tered for the run and pro­ceeds from their fees will go to char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion, Gar­den to Ta­ble Trust, Make-awish Foun­da­tion, Fair­fax First Books and Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Fair­fax Me­dia chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Wil­liams says the day is a tes­ta­ment to the gen­eros­ity and good­will of Auck­lan­ders.

‘‘This iconic fun run, now in its 40th an­niver­sary year, thrives on the fan­tas­tic sup­port of ev­ery­one who takes part. It then trans­forms that sup­port into sig­nif­i­cant char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions that ben­e­fit wor­thy causes each year.’’

The of­fi­cial race starter was 13-year-old leukaemia pa­tient Sa­hara Adams who was called in af­ter Prime Min­is­ter John Key stood down to at­tend the Welling­ton fu­neral of for­mer All Black Jock Hobbs.

It’s been a big few days for the teenager who met her idol, vis­it­ing Amer­i­can pop star Tay­lor Swift, a week ear­lier in Melbourne thanks to Make-a-wish New Zealand – one of the day’s ben­e­fit­ing char­i­ties that sets out to ful­fil the dreams of chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

‘‘It is through the gen­eros­ity of events like this that more than 200 wishes will be granted this year to spe­cial peo­ple just like Sa­hara,’’ Mr Wil­liams says.

First to cross the fin­ish line in 28 min­utes and 4 sec­onds was Jono Jack­son. Sec­ond was Tony Payne who com­pleted the dis­tance in 28 min­utes and 16 sec­onds.

The first woman across the fin­ish line, Lisa Robert­son, from the Paku­ranga Ath­let­ics Club, was nearly five min­utes ahead of her clos­est ri­val, clock­ing in at 29 min­utes and 19 sec­onds, fol­lowed by Nikki Hill at 34 min­utes and 14 sec­onds.

Fair­fax Me­dia group sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager San­dra King says more than 80 per­cent of en­trants were part of a team, mak­ing Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays a big day out for many busi­nesses.

In­cluded were more than 270 Fair­fax jog­gers.

Ports of Auck­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Gib­son is thrilled with the day’s suc­cess.

‘‘We were de­lighted to help bring this iconic event to ev­ery­one as spon­sors for the third year. The weather was great, turnout huge and en­thu­si­asm in­fec­tious – what a fan­tas­tic day to cel­e­brate Auck­land.’’


Sa­hara Adams with Fair­fax Me­dia CEO Allen Wil­liams, left, and Ports of Auck­land CEO Tony Gib­son.

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