Western Leader : March 27th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, March 27, 2015 Fifty days, fifty peaks Waitakeres andRangitoto to go By CIARA PRATT IT WILL be the longest run of his life. But Nick Moore says it doesn’t come close to what endurance trail-runner Mal Law is attempting, when they run through the Waitakere Ranges on March 27. Law will be ascending his 49th summit in as many days. And one day later, on Rangitoto Island, he will complete his High Five-0 Challenge of climbing 50 peaks across the country in 50 days. It is endurance at its toughest. Law is running the equivalent of 50 marathons and ascending more than 100,000 metres. That’s the same distance as if he’d climbed Mt Everest from sea level nearly 12 times. The men, with other sup- port runners, are heading off early from Piha, traversing trails through the ranges before reaching Titirangi and running to the ferry building on Auckland’s waterfront. Moore, a language and lit- eracy teacher from New Windsor, says the 48 kilometres is expected to take about 11 hours. ‘‘Running really keeps me connected,’’ he says. ‘‘People don’t know what the body can do. A lot of us don’t push our boundaries enough. ‘‘Mal is definitely a hero and an inspiration.’’ The challenge is raising money for the Mental Health Foundation. The fundraising goal of $250,000 for the 50 peaks has been well and truly Trail runner: Mal Law is running50 peaks in 50 days. Photo: CABBAGE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Ranges run: Nick Mooreisjoining the final leg of the High Five-0 Challenge across the WaitakereRanges and raisingfunds for the Mental Health Foundation. Photo: CIARA PRATT smashed, with the total now at $415,076. Law’s spokeswoman, Vera Alves, says the new target is $505,000. ‘‘Mental health is a cause that is very close to many people’s hearts, whether they’ve suffered from it personally or know someone who has, and the whole community has come together to support Mal in raising money and awareness for the cause,’’ Alves says. The top fundraiser is The Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham, who has so far raised more than $25,000. ‘‘I’ve been harassing every- one I know, ’’ he says. Wickham isn’t a runner, but joined Mal for day one on February 7 and again early on March 24 to provide some much-need support. ‘‘This has highlighted for ACHIEVERS Find out how we do it. CREATING me how much mental health issues affect everyone or somebody you know in some way,’’ Wickham says. ‘‘The cause is a big motivator, because I have known family members who have been impacted. This money will really make a come to Liston College’s OPEN EVENING Monday 30th 7.00pm – 9.00pm Please assemble in the Gymnasium at 7.00pm If you are unable to attend our Open Evening, please contact the School Office to organise another opportunity to visit our School. 69 Rathgar Road, Henderson | email@example.com | www.liston.school.nz Liston College: A Year 7 – 13 Catholic School for Boys | Phone: 838 9350 6576617AJ March 2015 difference and it encourages Mal every morning to get out of bed to carry on with the challenge,’’ he says. ❚ Go to high50.org.nzor text ‘‘GOMAL’’ to 2446 to donate $3 to the Mental Health Foundation.
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