Save the Date: 9th March 2019 The date for the next Wharf2Wharf has been set at March 9th next year. Keep an eye on our website for updates as we continue to work on some possible changes for next year's event. www.wharf2wharf.co.nz...
NEW Zealand Poet Laureate and Waiheke's very own Fast-Talking PI Selina Tuselita Marsh has already purchased her earlybird ticket for the island's iconic Fullers Wharf 2 Wharf run and walk event, on Saturday March 17. Dr Marsh is a regular at the event which draws competitors from across the country to test their mettle on our scenic routes which range from a kids dash to a 5km, 12km and 25km run or walk. With a passion for words almost matched by a love for running, the striking poet encouraged others to join her at this year's event, which is a long-standing charity fundraiser for worthy island causes. The English Professor, who made headlines when she recited her poem for the Queen at Westminster Abbey, is a big fan of the day. "Running to me is poetry in motion. It's a form of embodied expression where you can encounter the best and worst, strongest and weakest, bravest and most fearful parts of yourself. "I run as a form of moving meditation. I run because, in the midst of this chaotic world, I must have an outlet that is also an inlet. And because it's an inlet, doing races like the Wharf 2 Wharf lets in the best parts of our world. "Here, it's this island - its gravel tongue, its ululating hills, its emerald gemmed bush, its moanan currenting tides. See you on the trail!" Numbers have gone from strength to strength since the event was first launched by the Waiheke Harrier run club in the early nineties. Traditionally, it has been held in January, but this year organisers decided to move the date to March, which is expected to suit residents more, as is the cooler weather. Heaps of prizes are on offer for fastest runners, team with most entries, best-dressed team and spot prizes. So muscle your mates, gather your girlfriends, sign up and start training.
Distances/Events " 25km Wharf2Wharf, Orapiu to Matiatia " 12km Sand to Sea, Onetangi to Matiatia " 5km Beach to Barbeque, Surfdale to Matiatia " Keas Kids Dash around Matiatia for ages 5-8 years. All money raised through the event is channelled back to worthy island causes and is supported by local volunteer and community groups, notably Rotary and Waiheke Sea Scouts.
Team Marshall up and running for Fullers Wharf2Wharf
FORMER international kickboxing champion Duan Marshall and his daughter Niila have been hitting the streets of Waiheke through summer in preparation for Fullers Wharf2Wharf on Saturday, March 17. The islanders have kept to a strict training schedule through one of the hottest summers here since records began. Duan, a former New Zealand, South Pacific and Oceania kickboxing champion says he enjoys the challenge of running with Niila (14); the Waiheke High student won the last school cross country race, so makes a good pacesetter. The pair started training together in September with the Fullers Wharf2Wharf 12K in mind - their first training run was 3K and while Duan admits it was tough, it didn't take long to get into their stride.
What are the challenges/bonuses of training together? No challenges really except for the early Saturday morning starts. The bonuses are being able to push and challenge each other and sharing the rewards. Running is something that we both enjoy and can do together.
What do you enjoy about running? The satisfaction of getting fitter and healthier while challenging the body both mentally and physically.
How do you feel when you don't get to work out regularly? We don't know that feeling!
How do you stay disciplined with your training? That's the great thing about running together and sharing the same goal, we are able to motivate each other.
What are your favourite running routes on the island, why is Waiheke a good place for runners? We change up our running route each week for variety, there is no place on Waiheke where you can run without a hill challenge. We tend to start and finish at the beach so that we can cool off with a swim at the end. The island is such scenic place to run.
Any recommendations for new runners? We started off with small runs, slowly adding half a kilometre every week or so and giving ourselves small rewards like a cafe breakfast or a swim afterwards. We found that having the right running gear is also important. We would recommend any breathing or running techniques you could pick up from a more experienced runner would be useful. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot …
What are your ultimate running goals, how important are goals for training? At the moment our ultimate running goal is the Fullers Wharf2Wharf, but we are also competing in Round the Bays on March 4 as part of our training; we are always looking for new goals. The satisfaction of reaching goals is a buzz and without setting goals it's hard to find the motivation to keep training.
What would you say to encourage people to sign up for Fullers Wharf2Wharf? If you are looking for a goal the Fullers Wharf2Wharf is a fun challenge and a great community event, see you there! Distances/Events - run and walk · 25km Wharf2Wharf, Orapiu to Matiatia · 12km Sand to Sea, Onetangi to Matiatia · 5km Beach to Barbeque, Surfdale to Matiatia · Keas Kids Dash around Matiatia for ages 5-8 years. Entries from $50 for adults, $20 for juniors and $5 for kids. All money raised through the event is channelled back to worthy island causes through Waiheke Rotary and Waiheke Sea Scouts. To enter, go to: www.wharf2wharf.co.nz...