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69-year-old Garry Donoghue is running seven marathons over 12 months to raise money for the End Polio Now campaign. Times photo Wayne Martin 28 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 4, 2015 www.times.co.nz NZ owned & operated www.bedstop.co.nz Botany (The Hub) 451 Ti Rakau Drive by Munn’s Ph: 09 265 1855 Offers must end 21st June 2015 Also at: Newmarket . Henderson . Glenfield . 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Clocking up the miles BY DANIEL SILVERTON ■ INHIS 70th year, annual marathoner Garry Donoghue is aiming to increase his running output seven-fold. The Howick resident has set an ambitious goal to run seven marathons in one year, for personal and philanthropic reasons. “I’m very happy to have been able to run a marathon on an annual basis, and this being my 70th year, I’d see if I can do seven marathons,” he told the Times. “I don’t know what it was borne out of. ‘ While I’m able, can I do it?’ is the point.” The project is also a fundraiser for the End Polio Now programme, a cause which is close to Garry’s heart. “ There are still pockets of polio in the world and it is a hideous disease,” he says. “My dad had it, so I know what the people who have had it have to live through.” End Polio Now is a global initiative which Garry is involved with as part of Howick Rotary Club. “ To get rid of polio is important so any help Rotary can do to help that I’m supportive of.” An added bonus is that any donation made to End Polio Now is also matched two for one by the Bill Gates Foundation. Without a competitive running background, Garry made his marathon debut in Auckland in 2008. “I’ve always been a jogger but outside of that I’ve never been a runner. A friend who does ultra-marathons said that if you do a marathon you would be one of two percent of the population. That was my inspiration. “ The first one was very difficult. It was a big struggle on the last 20km.” After his initial time of 4 hours 59 minutes, Garry set his personal best of 4h 15m in his second outing and has competed in every Auckland race since. The seven- marathon campaign began with the Rotorua race last month. “Rotorua was very tough. There are two or three very large hills on the back half. “One of them is a two-kilometre climb, which is quite difficult at that part of the run. You feel it.” The second leg was in Christchurch on Sunday, the first time the race has been held in the central city since the 2011 earthquake. Garry finished in 4h 40m. “Each marathon will be booked at the completion of the last one. “It comes with a proviso, because I could break down, but at this stage it’s all looking good.” The rest of the proposed itinerary includes Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Bangkok, with a number of options for the seventh and final run. “If I get the opportunity to run with my daughter in Bangkok [where she lives], that would be great. Sydney and Melbourne are somewhat iconic so I’m looking forward to those.” An added bonus of the fundraising drive is that any donation made to End Polio Now is also matched two for one by the Bill Gates Foundation. A pledge of 20 cents per kilometres equates to $8.40 per marathon, and nearly $60 over the seven runs. With the Gates Foundation multiplier it totals nearly $180. “It has the potential to be something quite grand,” says Garry. For details on how to contribute to the project, send an email to email@example.com.
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