Central Leader : February 18th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, February 18, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.centralleader.co.nz Central Leader online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Mad' Mark's marathon Ultimate effort: Auckland barrister Mark Colthart is gearing up to run 100km for charity on March 19. It will be the biggest single run he's completed since a 60km event, so he's expecting to be pushed to the limit when competing in the Tarawera UItramarathon. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL GRIT, guts, determination and resolve are the four words that Mt Eden man Mark Colthart will repeat to himself when he can t go any further. The Auckland barrister and father-of-three is gearing up for a challenge of the extreme kind -- to run the 100km Tarawera Ultra- marathon to raise money for Mercy Hospice Auckland. This is the biggest com- mitment I ve ever taken on. The overwhelming response has been that I m mad, Mr Colthart says. The event starts in Rotorua on March 19. It s all off-road. We head around the Blue Lake and around Lake Okataina. I did the 60km event last year and that was the hardest thing I d ever done. It took me over nine hours. The 40-year-old is hoping to complete this year s event in 14 or 15 hours and says there are aid stations en route, at 10 to 15km inter- vals. Sometimes it s a mistake to sit down and rest. It makes it harder to keep going. From the 40km mark I felt I had nothing left, he says of last year s 60km event. There are many times where you feel like you can t go on. That feeling does go away. You just keep taking steps in the right direction. It s a matter of willpower and determination. When the finish line is in sight you pick up, but there s dark places along the way. Mr Colthart also completed the Auckland Marathon in 2009 and raised $8000 for the hospice. My mother died in April of that year and I had tremen- dous support from family and friends. I was blown away by the support I was given. He has been setting his sights on bigger and better targets since taking up run- ning in 2007, where he started by running between lamp posts. I have my heart set on running the Marathon des Sables, a 240km run through the Sahara Desert in Morocco, one day. Mercy Hospice Auckland community and corporate partnerships facilitator Marie van Eyk says it costs $5000 a day to run the organisation so any kind of funding is hugely beneficial. We wish Mark all the best and we ll be keeping in touch with him. The community is quite supportive of people who help us. He s doing such a great job, it s unbelievable. She says it is great that Mark is giving something back after his family s involvement with the hospice when his mother was ill. He s a little bit crazy but it s such a great challenge. Visit www.fundraiseon line.co.nz/MarkC/ to donate to the hospice via Mr Colt- hart s ultramarathon effort.
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