On February 12th, I’m running the Coast to Coast Mountain run – and celebrating a decade of it!
It’s 34kms long, and 1 km high …. And let me assure you it’s a tough run.
This year I’ve decided to use the run as an opportunity to raise money for a cause that I really believe in – the NZ Spinal Trust.
When I first ran this course it was therapeutic – I’d had a very tough year, and running up and over a mountain gave me a focus point and symbolised my journey. I still think the mountain run is symbolic, but now it’s not about me … over the past decade we have been through the earthquakes, the terror attack, and the pandemic which still affects us.
The folk who go through the Burwood Spinal Unit have a huge metaphorical mountain to climb. And the NZ Spinal Trust is an integral part of their team. I’ve spent a fair amount of time out at Burwood, and seen Brett, Jazz and the others in the NZST Peer Support team as they work with their clients. They help to ease the mountain journey for those who sustain a spinal cord injury and their whānau.
I first encountered the NZST when I was a City Councillor and was invited out to witness their work. The relationship has grown and these days I often attend their monthly BBQs, along with the Christmas Dinner. Now I have an opportunity to turn my 10th Coast to Coast mountain run into more than a symbolic task – it’s an opportunity to raise money and help in a really practical way.
I’ll dig deep and put in the hard yards … please will you dig deep and donate to my efforts?
… but maybe it’s like running in a new car?! I’ve had the crew at NZST hold my campaign open for a few more days so there’s still time to donate! 🙂
10th Mountain Run completed, and my achilles survived! (Only just ….) Thanks to everyone who supported this effort – really appreciate it (and I know the NZST do too!)
I have now completed four Goat Pass crossings in preparation for my 10th Coast to Coast event next week. I’m running the mountain section and it’s a hard slog but I love it.