Monthly Archives: February 2017
Date :2nd February, 2017
Published By :Paul Charteris
As a stay-at-home dad to his two young children, Jonathan Evans was in search of an outlet that would provide him the same sense of achievement that his job once did in London.
“I miss work a lot as I like having something measurable I can achieve,” says Jonathan.
“Being a stay-at-home dad is amazing but you don’t quite get the same positive feedback for a job well done as you do in the office.”
Jonathan and his wife, Lois, moved from London to Mount Maunganui three years ago in search for a better lifestyle for their children, Nathaniel (now 7) and Emelia (now 5).
“I would leave home at 5:30am and return around 10pm; I was missing out on some of the best moments in my kid’s lives.
“My wife got a job here, and because I’m on sabbatical leave from my job in London, I changed across to full time childcare – a big difference for me.”
Jonathan joined the Mt Joggers & Walkers group in 2015 and is now on his way to complete the trio of events NZ Trail Run offers. With the Waitomo Trail Run and Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km already under his belt, Jonathan will be tackling the Tarawera Ultramarathon in February.
“The new 62km trail looks amazing – I’m looking forward to the challenge and the sense of achievement I’ll have at the finish line.
“The race even finishes with a craft beer, my other new NZ hobby, so what more could you want?”
Date :1st February, 2017
Published By :Paul Charteris
Richard Hume sees himself as an everyday bloke, with a vision of what he wants to achieve and how he is going to succeed. His achievements thus far have us in awe, but getting to where he is now hasn’t been easy.
When Richard was 13, he was diagnosed with a severe curvature of the spine, kyphosis and scoliosis, and was told he couldn’t do any high impact sports in the future.
“I didn’t like being told I couldn’t and I continued to play team sports throughout school and university.”
And it paid off. In 2005, Richard was challenged to do an ironman triathlon and bought his bike with his final student loan cheque.
“I completed the Ironman UK in 2005 and was hooked, I went on to complete a double iron in 2007, a triple iron in 2008 and then my biggest challenge, rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 2010.
“Rowing the Atlantic had always been a dream of mine, even from a young age. Apparently whilst on holiday in Barbados in the early 1990’s, I turned to my mum and said ‘one day, I am going to row here!’.
“I was lucky enough to do so in a pair in 2010, and despite awful weather conditions, we completed it in 72 days, 8 hours and 42 minutes.”
Since 2010, Richard has run a number of marathons, triathlons, a few 100 milers and another triple iron. He’s also moved from the UK to Australia, bought a house, got married and has been looking after his mother-in-law who has a motor neuron disease.
“Although I have ambitions to do a number of different things in the future, the @Tarawera Ultra could be my last major event, so it will mean the world to me to finish on a high.”