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Eileen fitter than ever

Last updated 05:00 22/01/2014
HEALTH ADVOCATE: Eileen Evans, 83, is delighted with her third place in the 7km race of this year’s Wharf 2 Wharf.

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Octogenarian Eileen Evans believes she's in better shape now than when she was 18.

And she's got the track record to prove it.

The 83 year-old beat every female walker and all but two of the men in a section of the Fullers Wharf 2 Wharf race.

She came third overall in the walkers' category of the Kennedy Point to Matiatia 7km segment.

Eileen nearly beat all the male 7km walkers as well.

But her time of 57 min 25 sec fell behind winner Graham Kelly (52 min 41 sec) and runner up Kevin O'Meara (52 min 2 sec)

The Karaka Rd resident, who is a naturopath, yoga teacher, author and broadcaster, says walking has been part of her daily life for many years.

"I will not give up to age," she says. "I'm healthier now than when I was 18. It's possible."

Her advice to anyone over 70 is simple.

"Constantly move with something you enjoy doing - eat simple, natural foods and have a good attitude and whatever happens as you get older you'll enjoy a good quality of life.

"I eat a lot of vegetables and a lot of fruit, and whole grains. I walk every day and I swim every week. I'm pretty adventurous."

The 23rd annual fun run and walking event on Saturday was entered by more than 650 people.

Participants could run or walk the entire 25km from Orapiu wharf to Matiatia wharf or do the 13km, 12km or 7km sections.

Overall winner Sam Manson from Auckland completed the 25km run in 1 hr 46 min 38 sec.

He kayaked to Matiatia from the city, missed the ferry and hitched to the start in Orapiu before winning the race and paddling back to the mainland.

The family-orientated event attracted people of all ages including this year's youngest competitors, Jakob Edwards, 4, and five-year old brother Luka - both dressed in their superman outfits and taking part in the 7km Matiatia section.

Jakob walked with his mum Heidi who was also carrying three-month-old daughter Jude and the trio crossed the finish line in 1 hr 59 min 53 sec.

Dad Steve ran with son Luka after hours of training sessions on the beach and they finished the 7km in 51 min 10 sec.

Jakob hopes to join them next year.

"I want to do it again," he says. "And I'll try running next time."

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