Wellington woman bids to run 60 kilometres in a day for charity
A Wellington woman is taking on her biggest fitness challenge to date - lacing her trainers for her first ever ultra-marathon.
This Saturday, Eve Southan will take part in the Wellington Urban Ultra 2K (WUU2K) – a one-day trail-running endurance event around the hills surrounding Wellington.
The fitness fanatic, who leads free community exercise sessions, is running the 60-kilometre course from Khandallah Park to Mt Victoria, in aid of Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA), a Wellington-based national charity.
"They reached out to me and it was a good fit. Exercise and mental health are a really good mesh together."
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"Also, being a mum, there were definitely times when my kids were little that I could have done with some help."
The organisation primarily produces resources for health professionals and care providers to pass on to parents.
"We train and upskill midwives, GPs, councillors, social workers - basically everyone who has something to do with helping a family adjust to parenting," PADA operations manager Treena Cooper said.
"Right now, there's not enough information about antenatal and postnatal depression out there, for mothers and fathers."
The organisation doesn't receive any government funding, making fundraising and grant applications a constant necessity.
"This year has been extremely tough, as a lot of charities have found, so we've had to look outside the square and think of other ways we can be sustainable."
Fundraising manager Gillian Ransom said the partnership with Southan had so far proved successful with more than $2000 raised so far.
"Obviously something about it has really struck a chord with people."
Southan won't be alone on the gruelling journey, with 94 others signed up to go the 60km distance and almost 100 others in the 43km category.
"You end up running and meeting people. It's a really social event which helps with the mental side of things."
"It's like a little community."
While Southan said she was "nervous but excited" about the task ahead, she said simply finishing the monumental task while raising money for charity would be achievement enough regardless of the time it took.
*To donate, visit give.everydayhero.com/nz/eve-s-ultramarathon