Sunday, 26 February 2017

Where kindness still is commonplace

I have the most exciting news!  Remember how I mentioned that my next half marathon will most probably only be towards the end of the year?  Well, that might have been just a little inaccurate...

I've mentioned before that we've been completely blown away by Kiwi kindness since setting foot in New Zealand last year.  And this past week has been no different.  In fact, I'm now more convinced than ever that New Zealand might just be the kindest place on the planet.  Because, you see, one of my fellow #keepitupnz buddies won a complementary entry into the 2017 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon that is taking place on 13 May in the Marlborough district of New Zealand's South Island.  Complete with a complementary ferry ticket to get her from Wellington to Picton for the race.  But, since she's already entered another race on the same date, she very kindly offered to transfer her prize to an interested #keepitupper.

"Picton, New Zealand" by MrsGooding is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

And, since 13 May is the weekend of my 40th birthday, I leapt at the chance and requested that my name be put in the hat along with that of other interested #keepituppers.  And guess what?  The absolutely incredible #keepitupnz community decided that I should get the prize in celebration of my 40th birthday - isn't that just overwhelmingly kind and generous?!

So, yes, I'll be heading off to the South Island on 13 May to celebrate my 40th birthday at the 2017 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon.  I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am: A ferry trip through Cook Strait, my first ever trip to the South Island, and the perfect running adventure in celebration of this big life milestone.  Wahooooo!!         
  
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be using March to properly recover from Round the Bays and just maintain fitness, and then slowly start building endurance from the beginning of April.  Here we go again...!   

Thank you, Celia, for the birthday adventure of a lifetime!


8 comments:

  1. Wow, dis awesome! Wat n avontuur! Baie geluk Serie! :) :) :)

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    1. Ne?! Dankie, liefste Saar! Wedlope hier is DUUR (en ferry trips NOG duurder!), so dis regtig 'n massiewe geskenk om vir iemand te gee wat jy nog nooit eers ontmoet het nie. So dankbaar! xxxx

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    1. I can't think of a better 40th birthday gift! :)

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  3. I am so happy for you!!!! Great news.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stefano! It's SO great to hear from you! Hope you're doing well.

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  4. Best wishes for an awesome birthday adventure from a fellow recent immigrant and fellow #stepitupper. You'll love the South Island. #keepitup!

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    1. Thanks so much, Esther! We haven't done much travelling since setting foot in NZ in October last year, so I'm thrilled for this opportunity to visit (AND RUN!) the South Island!

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