Runner knocks off the North Island

SHABNAM DASTGHEIB
Last updated 14:47 18/09/2012
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Victoria Taylor homes in on Wellington to complete the North Island leg of her run across the country.

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It's one island down and another to go for young long distance runner Victoria Taylor, who aims to run the length of the country to fundraise for child cancer research.

The 19-year-old from the Hutt Valley believes she will become the youngest person to run the 2200km length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

She began her journey at the start of the month and aims to get to Bluff by September 30.

Miss Taylor has run more than 50km every day since she began, and despite having never run such gruelling distances for this many days on end before, she said she was in good shape and spirits.

Miss Taylor began this morning in Otaki and has to make it to Wellington tonight to catch her early morning ferry to Picton. She will be running on a treadmill during the ferry crossing.

Miss Taylor has so far raised nearly $5000, and said all profits would go to the Child Cancer Foundation. Most of her expenses have been donated by businesses.

''It's been fine. The thing is for me, it was more important to me to raise awareness than money anyway and the support I've had has been really good.''

Child Cancer Foundation fundraising and business development manager for the central region Scott Lancaster said Miss Taylor's progress had been amazing.

''She took on a lot of stuff herself. She's been making really good headway right from day one, she's always been pretty determined. It's been quite hard for her, and I know she's found it tough, but she has made it happen.''

He said this was not the kind of thing that many 18-year-olds could do.

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- The Dominion Post

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