Ultra-marathon runner takes NZ in his stride

Andrew McCrory (front) arrives at Stirling Point, Bluff, with his support team after completing a 40-day charity run. Photo: Toni McDonald

AN ultra-marathoner completed the biggest challenge of his life last week, finishing a 40-day charity run in Bluff.

Andrew McCrory, who works as a tutor at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier, last month embarked on his mission average of 50km per day for 40 days in an effort to raise money for children with cerebral palsy.

Last Thursday, he arrived at Stirling Point in Bluff, where he completed the journey with tears in his eyes.

“I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m feeling pretty good and tired to be honest.

“It has been a long time on the road and I feel a lot fitter than when I started the journey.

“But I think the bucket is pretty full now.”

Mr McCrory has been running ultra-marathons for years.

He said he had loved the experience of his latest effort, but confessed it might be “first and only” time he would run the length of the country.

He had decided to do it because he wanted to challenge himself as well as help a cause he felt passionate about.

He got involved in the cause in 2017 when he connected online with the story of a family who was raising money for their daughter Liv to get surgery in the United States.

“To be honest it brought a little tear to my eye and I decided to help this girl.”

Since then, he had been supporting the cause.

At the start of his run last month, his goal had been to raise about $20,000 and was overwhelmed to have been able to raise more than $42,000.

“It just has blown us away.

“I really want to thank everyone because I wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of many, many people.”

With the mission accomplished, McCrory was off to Stewart Island where he and his wife Kathleen were planning to rest before driving back to Hawke’s Bay this week.