Hills get cursed but charity fun run hailed a success

18:50, Mar 30 2014
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Crossing the finishing line is school teacher Erin Yandle with students Lewis Park, 12 and Lucy North, 11 at The Fun trail run and walk at East End

Two plucky daughters ran circles around their dad over the weekend.

Claudia Harrop, 13, her sister Yannika, 10, and their dad David, 48, took part in the inaugural AutoCity Fun Trail Run and Walk at East End Reserve yesterday.

And the girls beat their dad by a country mile.

"It was quite funny. I was running back and I could see him still going," Claudia said.

"It was quite good though because when it is mum running with us I have to run faster to keep up with her."

Their dad wasn't too worried about being thrashed by his daughters though.


"This is my very first running event, and now that I've done it my wife will make sure it's not my last," he said.

His wife Sonia Wuest-Harrop was meant to take the girls to the event, but ended up sick in bed.

"So I got roped in instead," he said.

Yannika was pleased her dad ran with the pair.

"I wasn't prepared for those steps or all those hills though," she said.

Event organiser Matt Cleaver, who is a PE teacher at Stratford High, said lots of people were cursing the hills.

"That's trail runs for you though," he said.

The event attracted nearly 300 people, including about 180 who turned up on the day.

"We were blown away by the number of people."

The event cost $10 to enter and the proceeds would now be donated to the Mellowpuff Trust, a charity for children in Taranaki who have been through some type of adversity.

The next trail run will be at Lake Mangamahoe at 9am on April 27.

Taranaki Daily News