Celebrating at the finish line. From left: Men’s 60 km race winner Tim Sutton, Gareth Thomas and Stu Milne, who took 4th place. Credit: Run Wellington.

Ultra running for research

06 September 2016, Run for Research

The event is the brainchild of Gareth Thomas and his running buddy Stu Milne, and was held on 17 July for the first time. 

“I was kind of dubious about who would want to come to Wellington or enter an ultramarathon event in the middle of winter. But the word got out and the turnout was really positive, with 142 people entering. It was beautiful to see so much support. I was really happy with how it went – I was overwhelmed actually.” 

Gareth is a great supporter and advocate for the cancer research programme at the Malaghan Institute. He ran the 100 km Tarawera Ultramarathon in 2014 in support of friends who were battling cancer at the time.

“I’m glad we managed to raise some funds for the Malaghan Institute. It’s a small thing we can do to support dedicated scientists and their research into cancer and other diseases that affect our friends, families and communities. Thanks to the runners who helped out.”