Fundraising run may break record!
02 Oct 2012
Just like the song, everywhere Victoria Taylor goes she takes the weather with her and when you are running the length of NZ to raise awareness of child cancer, that's a good thing.
Just like the song, everywhere Victoria Taylor goes she takes the weather with her and when you are running the length of New Zealand to raise awareness of child cancer, that is a good thing.
The 19-year-old started her mammoth 2074km charity run in Cape Reinga on September 1.
Eleven pairs of running shoes later, the Wellington-born teenager arrived in Oamaru yesterday and said she was on track to set a record time for a female to run the length of the country.
She said she expected to beat the existing record of 43 days, completing the journey in just 36 days, but added her main goal was to raise as much awareness of and money for child cancer as possible.
"It is all going pretty good, and I am on target to reach Bluff by October 6, but my main reason for doing it is to try to raise as much awareness as I can."
She said she was averaging 50km a day on the road and despite a sore knee the good weather had maintained her spirits.
"It has been sunny every day. The weather has been amazing every single day since I started, which has been really good.
"I have a few blisters and my knee is a little inflamed, but what I am going through is nothing compared to what these kids are going through.
"I just want to make a difference to these kids' lives."
Miss Taylor, who has run every step of the way, and even ran on a treadmill on the Wellington-Picton ferry, said she was now in need of support runners to keep her company on the final stages of the run.
"It is even harder now I am running without support. I would just love for some people to join me."
So far she has raised $6000 and she said people could donate to the Child Cancer Foundation through her donation page on http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/VictoriaTaylorNZRUN/
Anyone interested in joining her can call a dedicated phone line (027 468-8454) or log on to her Facebook page,