Ready to run for hospice

20:10, Feb 20 2013
GO GIRLS: Reporters Marnie Hallahan, Maryke Penman and Jess Etheridge are in training for the Coastal Challenge this weekend.

Rock hopping is a perilous activity when your legs feel like jelly.

This, avoiding mossy patches and the dangers of chafing are all lessons I have learnt in training for the Coastal Challenge this weekend.

Two other reporters, Jess Etheridge and Marnie Hallahan and I wearily put our hands up three months ago to run the gauntlet in support of Hospice North Shore.

The organisation is deserving of our support and the prospect of a scenic jog in the summer months is hard to turn down.

February 23 was a long way off and being active already I thought "pfft, piece of cake". In my bravado I chose the 17km option as opposed to the more sensible 11 or 6km race.

What I failed to register was that 17km is a long way along rocks, sand and thigh-high sea water.


But still I am determined to go forth and conquer.

To date I have steadily transitioned from treadmill runs to pounding the pavement. I've even signed up to tidal alerts so I can get among as many low tides as possible.

On Sunday I keenly ticked off another 15km run along our beautiful coastline and feel proud as punch.

I did however high tail it to Stirling's Sports to get myself a non-chafing outfit. When rugby shorts get wet they are excruciating to run in. Never fear I have myself a pair of slick bike shorts that I feel utterly unattractive in, but will do the trick. Anti-chafe cream I hear is also a winner so a trip to the chemist may also be on the cards.

With only days until we gather at the start line we are all feeling pleased with our progress. No doubt on the day I will have a flock of spastic butterflies in my stomach but until then the nerves are at bay.

So far we have raised more than $600 but would love to push it a bit further for hospice.

Just one sacrificial coffee is all it takes. Go on.

Go to to donate money to hospice and support our efforts.

North Shore Times