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Plenty of smiles and sore legs at Howick Fun Walk & Run

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Several hundred people registered for the event with individual athletes, families, seven primary schools and four intermediate schools taking part. Photo Mike Stonex

Following a poor weather start to the weekend, it was a relief for all when Sunday, March 24, turned into a lovely day for the annual Howick Fun Walk & Run event organised by Howick Rotary at Stockade Hill.

Several hundred people registered for the event with individual athletes, families, seven primary schools and four intermediate schools taking part.

Participants started at 9am and had a choice of three courses of different lengths with the start and finish line being on the grassy slopes of Stockade Hill.

The physical event is followed by a carnival-like prize giving and spot prize awards from the many generous sponsors including Mitre 10 Mega Botany, PBTech, Hunting & Fishing Botany, Boardertown, The Athletes Foot, MY RIDE, Good Home, Howick Meats, David Fels Jeweller, Indian Accent and Big Rig Staging.

The event is also supported by the Howick Local Board and East FM Radio.

There were lots of happy faces as representatives from Shelley Park Primary and Somerville Intermediate Schools went up on the stage to be awarded their winning Crawford House trophies and the many spot ticket winners went up to receive their prizes.

Colin Monk, Rotary’s project convenor, said, “The event is a year in the planning and has become a wonderful community day particularly for children and families.

“All of the registration proceeds for the event, along with a top from Howick Rotary’s Community Trust, goes to Howick Coastguard for their annual operational costs.

“With the large manpower required to organise, set up and provide marshals throughout the different courses, it is another perfect example of organisations working together to make Howick a great place to work and live.”

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