Many moons and months ago, Erin was extremely excited to announce to the whole wide world (and on Facebook!) that she had signed her dad up for the You Yangs' 30KM trail run on 20th July 2014. She was simply ecstatic, to say the least, as it was going to be her first run together with her dad.
We had the liberty of being introduced to Tony, Erin's dad, on the course that day. Both of them were looking strong, AND finished strong. They both looked like they could have tackled another 20km, had they been given a chance.
Her extended family at Surf Coast Trail Runners were there to share her excitement and I thought, why not have them share their story with everyone else here? How cool is it, to be running a race with your dad (or mum)? :)
|Running up The Saddle at You Yangs 30KM Trail Run.|
Photo credit: Aldonio / Trails+.
1. Tony, what was your reaction when Erin first mentioned to you that you were going to do a 30KM trail run?
(Tony) Erin first suggested to Helen (her mum) and I that we stay over one more day and travel back to New Plymouth on Monday, July 21st. When we asked why she said there was a trail run on and that she wanted to take part in it with me.
I became worried. When I asked what distance Erin suggested two – 30km and 50km. After a few days of thought, I opted for 30km. I am not that fit and 30km sounded a long way, especially as Erin is improving both in speed and fitness.
(Erin) He’s fitter than he's letting on... I’ve seen him complete marathons! How many marathons have you done, dad? I think the 30km was a good choice after such a busy week prior to the event. We really enjoyed it.
(Tony) I have completed 34 marathons: 21 Mountain to Surfs, 1 Auckland Marathon, 1 Christchurch Marathon, 5 Wellington Marathon, and 6 Rotorua Marathons.
The first was the NGC Mountain to Surf Marathon in 1993. You were nearly 6 years old then, Erin.
I finished in a time of 2 hrs 55 mins and 24 seconds.
|Tony's personal best of 2:34:31 at |
the Mountain to Surf 1999.
My slowest is 3 hrs 16 mins 23 secs in 2013.
The last few years my pace has dropped a touch and now struggle to break 3 hrs.
This year I ran 3 hrs 5 mins and 42 secs for the local marathon, 11 mins quicker than last year. At 40 km mark I had to stop and take my right shoe off as one of my toe nails had blistered and the nail was starting to come off. I ran 2 kms barefoot before I could put my shoe on again. Came 1st in my age group.
That is something else we share, Erin. Runners toes.
(Erin) We do! Let me add that in…..
(Tony) I love the challenge of the marathon and I hope to carry on running them for some years to come.
Of special note, Helen has always tried to support me on my marathons. She has followed me on all 21 Mountain to Surfs - handing out drinks and encouraging me, and being there at the finish.
(Yvonne) I'm a bit speechless now ...
2. What did you both talk about during the run? Did you share any deep dark secrets that you've never shared with each other before?
(Tony) Of course, we talked about a lot of things BUT I have always lived by the rule that what gets said on the run stays on the run. If you want to know what got said then you will need to run with both Erin and I.
(Erin) Haha I agree with the what gets said on the run, stays on the run.