Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Marathon 2

Marathon 2
14/12/2013
Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon
Completed - 4hours 09minutes

December was an exciting month - marathon number 2 was completed and 20marathons20months got some newspaper coverage:  If you haven't seen the articles please see the links at the end of this post...
 
Marathon number 2 was a special one - the Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon was run on the 14th of December 2013.  This was a weekend with South Africa on my mind.  This weekend was Mr Nelson Mandela's memorial and funeral. As a tribute I had an SA flag pinned to my chest (and Johnny Clegg on the playlist).

This was our first time visiting Wanganui and we were very excited to start seeing a bit more of New Zealand.   As a side note -to families traveling with little ones to or through Wanganui, you must check out - Kowhai Park - this place is an amazing playground for the kids and totally free.

Kings Court Motel provided a spacious one bedroom unit which was ideal. Just a short walk from the motel, through Wanganui town centre to the race start.

 
We arrived on Friday afternoon and went straight to registration pick up my race number.  The race organizers (Wanganui Harriers) went the extra mile and arranged for me to have bib number two for this event, marathon number two. Thanks so much guys!

Race day - Vaseline and band-aids strategically placed on my person, shoes on and laces tied - nervous energy in the air.  A few fellow runners at the start commented on my cap (Comrades Marathon cap) stating that Comrades was on their bucket-lists. It was special to see Comrades Marathon igniting excitement half way around the world,and awesome to hear how folks were looking to challenge themselves. Before the start I also managed to catch up with Rachel (who happened to go on to win the women's marathon that day - what a legend). She has run 4 marathons in 2013, raising funds for Oxfam and in 2014 she is off to run the New York marathon.  One of the amazing by-products of this 20marathons20monoths for LIV Village is getting to meet some amazing people.


 
So the 3 bridges marathon, and yup you guessed it, we ran over 3 bridges.  The course was 4 laps of approximately 10kms each to make up the marathon distance. Flat with constant scenery of the Wanganui river.

A highlight for me was to run the final 100m with my daughter. She was patiently waiting with mum (running shoes on) and shrieked with excited when she saw me come round the corner.  According to my daughter we won the race.  Special way to finish the second marathon.   As an added bonus, I won a spot prize (an All Blacks cap) and prize-giving. All in all a good weekend!
 

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Here are the links to the newspaper articles for December...  
 
In the Wanganui Chronicle:
 27/11/2013
"Psychologist gets head around marathon task" -by Iain Hyndman  
 
14/12/2013
"Record entries expected for 3 Bridges" -get a little mention ahead of the marathon number 2.
 
 
New Zealand Herald:
 
07/12/2013 "Running:Napier runner out to change the world"  -by Peter Thornton 

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