I started on 1 September 2011 on Stewart Island at the south of New Zealand, and finished (via Cape Reinga) in Auckland on 6 November 2011. I was running for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, to raise awareness and donations to help with rehabilitation after stroke survivors leave hospital.
I stopped and talked to schools along the way, explaining about strokes and what to look for. I also answered a lot of questions about what this run was and why I was doing it. The kids loved it and so did I. We were lucky enough to get some amazing media coverage, in New Zealand and internationally. We were on TV five times and were voted in the top 5 stories for 2011 on TVNZ’s Close Up. With over 70 newspaper, radio and television interviews along the way I was so happy to see how everyone helped to get more people thinking about strokes. I can’t give enough thanks to my amazing sponsors and everyone who helped make my idea come to life. Distance Run: 2937km Duration: 67 days Averaged: 48.6km per day Raised: NZ$20,295.00 Pairs of Shoes: 6 pairs of New Balance shoes and not a single blister!