True grit one step at a time

19:58, Feb 10 2013
Michael Thomson
FEELING GOOD: Christchurch City Council worker Michael Thomson completes the Buller half-marathon on Saturday.

The sun was shining as more than 1000 people from all over the country put their best feet forward for one of the most scenic sporting events in the country.

More than 1000 people entered the Buller Gorge Marathon half-marathon, marathon and team relay events on Saturday.

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Among those crossing the finish line at Victoria Square in Westport was Christchurch City Council worker Michael Thomson.

Thomson, a keen runner, is still recovering from stab wounds he sustained during a Somali refugee's rampage across the city in March last year. He finished in 2hr 21min and said the run "felt good".


Buller District Council Westport councillor David Barnes said the weather at the weekend was perfect, "in true Westport style".

Westport photographer Sheree Cargill said there was a "huge crowd" cheering on participants at the finish line.

She said about 400 children up to the age of 12 took part in the event's fun run on Saturday afternoon.

"It was just great . . . there were so many kids and parents, caregivers, aunties and uncles ran with the little ones; it was pretty funny."

The fun run raised money for the SPCA, she said.

The results from the event were not available online yesterday.

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