Olympians Step up in Support of the Heart Foundation




Olympians across the country put their hands up and running shoes on, in support of a nationwide Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk   to help spread the important message of women’s heart health. Jennian Homes, who partnered with the New Zealand Olympic Committee ahead of last year’s games in Rio de Janiero to help Kiwi athletes achieve their goals on the world stage, had support from three Olympians for the annual  Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk held at Paihia on Sunday. This was the third event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series. Jennian Homes Northland General Manager Jody Yakas says,It was fantastic to have the Olympic silver medallist sailing duo of Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, and three time Olympic rower Jade Uru show their support at the event..

credit photos to Jason Milich from Action Images

“We are all mindful of the toll that results from heart health issues, and Jennian Homes is proud to champion the need for better heart awareness in New Zealand”.


Many of the competitors wore the red Jennian Homes shirts in support of women’s heart health in the ‘Go Red for Women’ Heart Foundation promotion.


Whangarei runner Harry Linford topped off another great weekend by comfortably winning the 8.7km run. which took the competitors from Paihia through to above the Waitangi Golf Course, returning through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to the finish line in Paihia,  in a time of 28.53. Whangarei’s Chris Mills was second home in 31.09 with Louis Young (Warkworth) third in 31.41


Carolyn Younger (Whangarei) who recently won gold in the half marathon and silver in the standard individual triathlon (W45-49) in Auckland at the World Masters Games and last years Paihia winner, could only manage second place – 12 seconds behind the winner Maria Akesson from Kerikeri who posted a time of 33.28. Third home was Whangarei’s Katie McVerry in 36.37.


The NorthCloud Leaderboard for the 2017 Sport Northland Run/Walk Series will see Linford and Akesson remain at the top with Mills and Younger also retaining their second places.after the third event in the series.


Paihia turned on great weather for the 1,070 competitors who ran or walked over one of two distances. This years event included the opportunity to enter in a pram run section. For Rhys Colmer pushing a pram was no barrier to running and completed the 8.7km course in 34:50 Finishing in tenth place overall.


Winners of the best fancy dress were mother and daughter combination of Shona and Jazmyne Thacker from Whangarei who captured the attention of the judges by dressing as the Queen of Hearts.


Thousands of dollars’ worth of spot prizes were given away with Jess Dawson from Kaitaia  taking home the popular Merida mountain bike from Mybike in Whangarei and Kerri Williams from Kerikeri  the Fitbit Charge HR thanks to Echo North.


All Northland adults who competed gained another entry into the draw to win the Mazda 2 from Pacific Motor Group which will be drawn following the last event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series – the ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon on 18 November.  


The next event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk series will be the Dargaville Veterinary Centre Dargville Run/Walk featuring a brand new course consisting of either a 5km or a 10.5km run/walk on Sunday 11 June. Entries are now open online at www.runwalkseries.co.nz