Sol­dier­ing on

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

On Satur­day, March 16, Far North REAP Sol­diers com­peted in the Te Houtaewa Chal­lenge 2019. As a team we or­gan­ised and wrote up a plan about the things we needed.

There were so many chal­lenges both teams faced, such as need­ing Deep Heat, need­ing some­one to rub us down, swollen feet and the bick­er­ing be­tween each other.

We all ded­i­cated our run to Vince and An­nie Ru­dolph’s daugh­ter Te Amo­haere.

We are all grate­ful for the amount of sup­port we had from our tutors, Far North REAP, the (Snapper Bo­nanza) fish­er­men and the sup­port we had from our com­mu­nity.

We ran the ul­tra-marathon re­lay, which is a 63km chal­lenge, from the Bluff to Ahipara. We are grate­ful for the knowl­edge we have learnt about Te Houtaewa and the sto­ries Peter Kitchen told us.

We barely had any train­ing at all, we all set our minds to it and ac­com­plished the task as one. Com­plet­ing the task as one was over­whelm­ing and ex­cit­ing; ev­ery­one’s emo­tions ran high as we all crossed the line to­gether. The ex­cite­ment the chal­lenge brought to us was epic, the love and sup­port from the other run­ners blew us away.

As a team we took out the chal­lenge and walked away with the ko­rowai.

On be­half of the Far North REAP Sol­diers we would like to say a huge thank you to Signs of Life for spon­sor­ing the lo­gos we wore on our backs, Far North REAP for pro­vid­ing us with a truck, Road Safety Team Ange Waru and Holly Ru­dolph for gift­ing us with wa­ter and for the car and for the food.

Thank you to Holly Ru­dolph for pro­vid­ing us with a truck to use. To our tutors Craig Hob­son, Zac Stout, Vince Ru­dolph and to Shishi Brown for tak­ing the time out of their week­end to spend with us, to Kiri and Craig Hob­son for al­low­ing us to have din­ner at their home, An­nie Ru­dolph for pro­vid­ing Kaitaia pools for our train­ing.

A mas­sive thank you to the par­ents who pro­vided us with food for our din­ner. Thank you to Aunty Robyn, our youth nurse from the DHB, for gift­ing us a first aid kit. And to Fraser Smith for al­low­ing us to use his trailer as a mas­sage room.

Last but not least, thank you to Gis­born Ry­der, Wiremu Archer, Poutu Pa­paroa, Don­tae Sel­wyn, De­van­dre Hob­son, Jules Con­rad-El­lis, Libby Walker, Manaia Popata, Rhaines King and Sam Busby.

TE RANINIKURA CON­RAD-EL­LIS

"The ex­cite­ment the Te Houtaewa Chal­lenge brought to us was epic, the love and sup­port from the other run­ners blew us away."

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