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Runner takes on 500km ultra-challenge

Last updated 05:00 30/12/2013
Kim Allan
LONG HAUL: Kim Allan and support runner Mark Gray early in her 500km jog.

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Ultra-marathon runner Kim Allan is more deserving of putting her feet up during the Christmas break than most.

But rather than spending the lead-up to the festive season relaxing, the Tuakau mum of four was on a mission most would find impossible to complete.

She ran non-stop for 500km around the Auckland Domain to raise money for the New Zealand Spinal Trust. The effort was to take between 80 and 85 hours and require 332 laps of the domain.

The 47-year-old runner was also trying to break a record held by American runner Pam Reed, who in 2005 ran 486km in just over 80 hours.

She was joined by several support runners over the distance in late December.

To prepare, Mrs Allan ran as a support runner in the annual Australian "Coast to Kosciuszko" run, a distance of 240km.

She was supporting fellow Kiwi ultra-distance runner Tracy Benjamin who completed the race in just over 37 hours.

"I did a couple of three and four-hour stints, and along with the two other support crew members, we joined Tracy for the hike up to Kosciuszko summit itself and back. This took about five hours," she says.

This year she also completed the Steenbergen World Championship 24-hour run in the Netherlands, covering 204km.

Mrs Allan chose to support the Spinal Trust after a friend was thrown from a horse and now uses a wheelchair.

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- East And Bays Courier

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