Mayor runs for #gigatownporirua

TESSA JOHNSTONE
Last updated 15:13 13/07/2014
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Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett ran 20km from Porirua to Wellington Railway Station as part of supporting the bid to win Gigatown.

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Porirua mayor Nick Leggett finished strong today and is hoping his 20km effort to promote the #gigatownporirua cause will see the city finish strong in the ultra-fast broadband competition too.

Leggett - along with about 10 other runners including his brother Alex - ran from Porirua railway station to Wellington railway station in cold drizzle today in a bid to get the rest of the region behind them.

Towns across New Zealand are competing for a chance to be the Chorus showcase town for ultra-fast broadband - the five towns with most points at the end of September will be reset to zero and compete for the top spot.

Gisborne, Masterton and Porirua are the only three North Island towns in the top 10.

''We're in sixth place, but we need to be in fifth place by the end of September. It's only going to happen with Wellingtonians support,'' said Leggett.

The running pack made the distance in about two hours 15 minutes, and Leggett said it had gone well because he was ''still upright''.

''It was better on my body than I thought but harder on my mind.''

Self-proclaimed ''#gigatownporirua addict'' Richard Higgins was one of about a dozen supporters - known as the #gigatownporirua wolfpack - tweeting up a storm and cheering the runner on.

''It's for the future of our town and our young ones. Being able to just see different things and have access to everything - it would open up different opportunities for our young ones.''

Higgins said the wolfpack now even had a competition among themselves about how many times they could post or tweet #gigatownporirua in a day.

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