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."