Saturday, 11 August 2012
From the July 2012 issue of Runner’s World
Three RW readers share their journeys with us
|RAISING MONEY FOR CHARITY|
Paul Cooper, of Phillip Island, Victoria, battled with weight for 20 years before joining Vision Personal Training in 2011. In eight months, the 49-year-old went from 105kg to 83kg, and this year took up running to maintain his weight. Having participated in the Run for the Kids 14K (1:40), the video producer and tourism marketing manager has his sights set on a half-marathon at the 2012 Run Melbourne, which he plans to run in honour of his father, who passed away in 2005 from leukemia. Cooper hopes to raise $1000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
“When I started my weight-loss journey, I was doing it for myself. Now that I have reached my weight-loss goals, I feel that this run, my first half-marathon, is for my father.”
|FINDING THE PERFECT PLACE TO RUN|
When Scott Taylor Moore started running in 1998 at a charity relay run around Lake Taupo in New Zealand, he didn’t know that his new-found passion would follow him around the world. In 2002 Taylor Moore moved to England – on a quest to find the perfect run, the probation officer logged kilometres in Budapest, Belfast, Prague and Amsterdam while in Europe. Despite discovering many picturesque runs during his travels, the 42-year-old insists his favourite run is back home: an 8.8km trail around the Waikareao Estuary in Tauranga, NZ, where fond childhood memories give the circuit something special.
“I used to play in and around the waterways as a kid. Now my daughter cycles beside me while I run.”
|COMPLETING 20 MARATHONS IN 29 DAYS|
In 2011, Luca Turrini’s mother passed away from cancer. In memory of his mother, the 34-year-old from Cremorne Point, NSW, ran 20 marathons – one in each Italian region – to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Council NSW (outruncancer.com). When he committed to his challenge, the IT professional had not yet run a marathon. But with help from his wife, Lidia, his nutritionist and support crew, Turrini completed his epic adventure and raised more than $40,000.
“My challenge is all about making a step forward, one after the other. For how small they may be, put them together and you can cover great distances.”
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