Olivia’s fundrais­ing run spurs sec­ond marathon

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Have­lock North’s Olivia Glazebrook used the mem­ory of her late aunt, Vicki Bo­s­tock, to pro­pel her through the gru­elling 42km 2016 Lon­don Marathon last month.

The 22-year-old is fizzing about be­ing able to hand over $15,000 to New Zealand Cancer So­ci­ety af­ter at­tain­ing a char­ity en­try through the marathon’s ballot sys­tem.

This put her sec­ond on the list of top fundrais­ers on the Every­day Hero page where the run­ners fundraised.

Only a hand­ful of other New Zealan­ders were cho­sen, each need­ing to hit the min­i­mum tar­get of $7000 be­fore get­ting the goa­head to run.

Ini­tially the loss of her aunt, who lost her bat­tle to cancer last Au­gust, prompted her to com­pete. Af­ter be­ing se­lected, reach­ing her goal, and learn­ing an­other friend had been di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar cancer, she de­cided to up the ante. The fig­ure con­tin­ued to es­ca­late af­ter reach­ing the re­vised $10,000 mark.

Olivia had fin­ished a de­gree in food in­no­va­tion and mar­ket­ing at Uni­ver­sity of Otago and was trekking across Europe when her aunt passed away. Re­turn­ing home to the Bay, Olivia made it her mis­sion to help. In Jan­uary, she turned her hand to bak­ing.

“I have al­ways baked— there are fam­ily pic­tures of me in the kitchen when Iwas about two years old.”

Raf­fles, bake stalls, mac­a­roon tow­ers and birth­day cakes made up the bulk of her funds. Hawke’s Bay ice cream com­pany Rush Munro’s, came to the party and the keen run­ner sold ice cream at events, in­clud­ing the Horse of the Year Show.

New Zealand Cancer So­ci­ety com­mu­nity fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Sue Beu­vink told Hawke’s Bay To­day it was the first time the so­ci­ety had been se­lected by the marathon or­gan­is­ers as the ex­clu­sive New Zealand char­ity.

“It’s an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult event to get a place in,” she said.

Olivia says tak­ing part in the marathon was in­cred­i­ble.

“It was just be­yond be­lief. It was prob­a­bly the best thing I’ve ever done in my life so far.”

The vol­ume of peo­ple, both com­peti­tors and sup­port­ers, added to an at­mos­phere that was like no other, she said. Olivia’s fam­ily went to Lon­don to watch. Her­mumChar­lotte said they had to go to ex­treme lengths to catch a glimpse of her daugh­ter through the masses. Char­lotte says her daugh­ter is an “ab­so­lutely fully mo­ti­vated” per­son who be­comes fix­ated on things. While fundrais­ing for the event Olivia would rise at 5am to run, then bake a cake, then go to work.

Char­lotte says Vicki Bo­s­tock died af­ter a four-and-a-half year strug­gle, and the fam­ily felt her loss im­mensely as she lived down the road and they saw each other weekly.

Olivia says when her body be­gan hurt­ing her en­cour­age­ment came from the mem­ory of her aunt— the rea­son she was run­ning.

De­spite a five week break in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a ski ac­ci­dent in Ja­pan, shin splints and a cold con­tracted the day be­fore the race, she still clocked four hours and three min­utes.

With her first marathon com­pleted she has a new fix­a­tion . . . Olivia has al­ready signed up to a few more half marathons this year and is set­ting her sights on the New York Marathon.

It was just be­yond be­lief. It was prob­a­bly the best thing I’ve ever done in my life so far.

OLIVIA GLAZEBROOK

SUC­CESS: Olivia Glazebrook has crossed the line at the Lon­don Marathon and raised $15,000 for the Cancer So­ci­ety in the process.

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