Eastern Courier : March 16th 2011
3585729AA 19 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS Swimsation to raise funds A stroke of inspiration will go down at Swim- sation this weekend. The East Tamaki swim school is holding a swimathlon to do their bit to help people in quake-stricken Christchurch. From 3.30pm on Saturday at least one lane will be filled con- tinuously for 24 hours. Sponsored swim- mers tag in and out of the pool after 30 minutes and some will tag in more than once to fill the 48 slots. Swimsation super- visor Lois Wolkers says they want as many people involved as possible. Eastern schools have been invited to join and swimming skills, or lack of them, aren't an issue. Kickboarders and doggy paddlers are welcome. We don't mind how they do it, they just have to keep going,'' Ms Wolkers says. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. Ms Wolkers says swimmers are looking for people to sponsor their effort. All proceeds go to the earthquake appeal. Call 271-5395 to take part or sponsor a swimmer. Winning combination: Pakuranga Athletics Club members Rachel Penney and Scott Winton at the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays on Sunday. 70,000 join bays fun run Thirsty work: Mila Pellett, 13, from Brookby enjoys a drink at the finish of the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays. Final push: Thea Garrett, 2, from Howick sprints the last few metres to the finish line. Group entry: An inflatable whale makes its way across the finish line with the help of lacrosse players. Around 70,000 people took part in this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays Fun Run. All made the most of glorious weather to line up at Quay St and com- plete the 8.4km course to St Heliers. First across the finish line was Pakuranga Ath- letics Club member Scott Winton who completed the course in 26 minutes and 19 seconds. He led the throng of runners for almost the entire course. I love running Tamaki Drive,'' says Winton, who often runs the route as part of his marathon training. To do it without the traffic and with the sup- port of the crowds was an amazing experience.'' Fellow club member Rachel Penney was the first woman across the line in 34 minutes, 17 seconds. This is a great train- ing distance run for me,'' the triathlete says. It was really hot but the slight headwind helped with that a bit.'' Proceeds from the day will go to Kidney Kids, Koru Care, Waitemata Harbour Clean Up Trust and Fairfax First Books. Suburban Newspapers photographer Ben Wat- son was there to capture some of the the action on camera.
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