Wade, sweat, gasp

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“The Auckland half marathon was a doddle compared to the Coastal Challenge!” recalls hospice volunteer Katie Mitchell from Warkworth. She tackled the 14 km ‘Mini Monty’ at last year’s inaugural event around Tawharanui Peninsula and plans to take on the 10 km Bay Scrambler run/walk on Saturday, 2 April, as a fundraiser for the Warkworth and Wellsford Hospice. “We waded, scrambled and rock-hopped,” adds Katie. “It was really challenging adjusting to the different conditions, but the views were stunning and I had a ball. I’m looking for a team and sponsorship this year, so watch out, family!”The Colliers Coastal Challenge offers the whole gamut: from a 30 kilometre Full Monty run/relay for the big guns, to the 23 km Mid Monty for seasoned athletes. The Mini Monty 14 km walk/run lets you see it all without hitting the wall, with the 10 km Bay Scrambler and the 7 km Beach Hopper jog/stroll perfect for first-timers and families. All events finish at Fraser Reserve, Omaha Beach. Colliers Coastal Challenge | Saturday April 2 | www.coastalchallengeseries.co.nz/tawharanui