Marathon runners still have long way to go

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013
Runners ChCh
DAVID HALLETT
MARATHON MEN: William Tokona and Greig Rightford run their marathon around Hagley Park yesterday.

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Two down, three to go, and not even so much as a blister in sight.

Not a bad start to Greig Rightford and William Tokona's epic journey which breezed through Christchurch yesterday.

Both men, from Wellington, are running five marathons in five days. Yesterday's, around Hagley Park, was their second after completing their first in Dunedin on Monday.

They completed the 42km "jog" in a respectable 4hr 10min. Today they will run around Auckland city's waterfront, before heading to Rotorua and then to their hometown on Friday.

Rightford broke his neck in a mountainbiking accident in October and the 29-year-old personal trainer was apprehensive about completing the task ahead. "My legs feel sore but OK considering. Put it this way, they hurt in the places you'd expect them to, but I am 50/50 on whether I will get the job done, while William is even less certain."

It's all for a good cause. They hope to compete in the Marathon des Sables in April, a 243-kilometre run through the Moroccan Sahara.

They are trying to raise $50,000 for the Wellington-based Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. For more information see: www.facebook.com/pages/Sahara-Charity-Challenge-2013

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