Rodney Times : November 18th 2010
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OREWA PRE CHRISTMAS SALE (excludes other offers & promotions) 5 DAYS ONLY ALL GAMES & TOYS 25% off Good cause for marathon cycling Pedal power: Merv Huxford spoke to many schools on his marathon ride about the joys of marathon cycling and is here at Raukokore School, East Cape, where he presented a Rotary illustrated dictionary to principal Merle Callaghan, front. By LES WATKINS Charities and other good causes have had a windfall totalling $96,400 because Orewa accountant Merv Huxford got on his bike. It was a five-day marathon across the broadest part of the North Island -- the 612 kilometres from Opunake near New Plymouth to Cape Run- away in the East Cape. I d probably never have done it if I d been fit enough to play hockey, he says. Mr Huxford, a past presi- dent of Orewa Rotary Club, was in the veterans hockey squad to represent New Zea- land at the world tournament in South Africa. But his trip was wrecked by a major ham- string injury. Of course I was disap- pointed but there was no choice, he says. A specialist advised me to do a bit of cyc- ling to help repair the dam- age. That advice transformed a disappointment into a chal- lenge. I thought, well, if I can t go to South Africa, what can I do? he says. Cycling to ben- efit others was obviously the key -- and I managed to get pledges and donations for the project from seven schools and four trusts. I began training seriously with early morning rides of about 30 kilometres around Orewa and the occasional jaunt out to Mt Auckland." Soon he was ready, he felt, for his solo charity dash across New Zealand. He was not fully prepared, however, for the unexpected hazards. Just after starting he nearly came to grief on a narrow road -- a steep cliff on one side and a horrifying drop on the other -- when he found himself racing into a couple of fright- ened wild goats. We came within inches of serious grief, he says. It wasn t their fault they pan- icked -- not having expected to come face-to-face with a silly cyclist from Orewa. And then there were the aggressive magpies. Boy, can they be fierce -- particularly those in the East Cape. Some of them buzzed me and threatened me almost from the start but they were tougher right by Cape Run- away. There they actually attacked from behind -- a couple of times bashing into my helmet. Somebody advised me afterwards to put sunglasses on the back of my helmet because they re smart, those birds, and won t go for anyone they think is looking at them. Don t know if that works but I ll give it a try. His top speed on the ride was 63kmh -- down a hill and with a good following wind -- and his longest one-day dis- tance was 158km. The major beneficiaries of the $96,400 will be Orewa Surf Club for building im- provements, and Metro Park where the hockey facilities will be upgraded. Charities benefiting will include Can- Teen, Alternative Education Schools, DARE and Life Edu- cation Trust. I ll also be giving to the funds being raised by Whangarei Rotarian Sandra McKersey and her family who are about to run the New York marathon for Polio Plus. Each of the seven participating schools will also receive $2000 grants toward their own chosen projects. Mr Huxford s fellow Rotarians are now aiming to push his total up to $100,000. Anyone wishing to help is invited to pay to Orewa Rotary Trust, Box 97, Orewa 0946, and a tax-rebateable receipt will be issued.
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