Back to page

BNU-athon - Updates - Givealittle

  • Completed!     18 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister
    Main image

    We have completed the 101km!

    Wow what a day. Dene completed 54.5km, Annie completed 46.5km.

    Annie, having spent the last two days in bed with a cold and being plagued by back pain, registered her first ever marathon. A really special achievement.

    This was Dene's second ultra marathon distance.

    It was a really long, hard day as the wind picked up around lunchtime, making the second 50.5km a real challenge. We finished the 101km in a time of 7.5 hours - starting at 8:30 am, finishing at 4 pm.

    We apologise about the lack of updates on the Givealittle page during the event - it proved difficult to access the updates on the mobile app. We were updating recently on the BNU Facebook page - @BNUAFC - some great pics on there if you want to check them out. We will also have pics added to the BNU website during the week: bnu.org.nz

    Thank you to all who have supported us, with donations, with time, with kind words, with training advice, with social media and photography expertise. We couldn't have done it without you.

    Now for the next event....! :) :)

    BNU! BNU! BNU! BNU! BNU!

    Thanks again, Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • 14 hours to go!     17 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister

    14 hours to go...the countdown is on.

    This time tomorrow we should have completed our mission of running 101km around Wakefield Park. While the build up this week has been less than ideal, we are both up for the challenge and are excited about how the day will unfold.

    We are some ways off reaching our ambitious $16,000 target, but the support we have received so far has been amazing. From friends and family, to people we barely know - all contributing to the cause. Thank you all so much.

    We will be posting live updates throughout the day to keep you up to date with our progress. We will have a gazebo set up beside Wakefield #2 all day, where donation buckets can be found and our support crew will be on hand verifying distances and keeping us fed and hydrated.

    Looking forward to seeing you all during Club Day. If you're around earlier in the day - even better. You know where to find us!

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • Last training day     15 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister
    Main image

    Today marked our last training run ahead of the main event. A slow, easy 11kms. Now it's time to rest and gear up for the challenge that lies ahead.

    We continue to be pleasantly surprised with the level of support we are receiving. Thanks so much guys. We have set a really ambitious target. Every dollar helps.

    Thanks again team.

    Not long now...

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • Thank you for your donations     15 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister

    Thank you to all who have donated. Givealittle have a technical issue, which means we haven't been able to individually thank you for donating since 13 March. Hopefully this is fixed ASAP so we can send individual messages to all you generous folk.

    We really appreciate all the donations - thank you :)

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • 4 more sleeps...     14 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister

    It's Tuesday before the run and all of a sudden it feels very real.

    In just four short sleeps we will be running a combined distance of 101kms in one day! It will be personal bests (in terms of distance covered in a single run) for us both.

    We have made the start time a little later, now kicking off at 8:30am to time the finish with the end of Club Day, allowing us to spend time with club members after the events finish.

    Club Day is always a great day, and we can only hope to add to the day with this challenge.

    The support received so far has been immense with donations flying in from far and wide. Both Annie and I are so grateful for all of the support shown to date.

    As Saturday morning draws closer, we are finalising our network of helpers for the day to help us verify distances, keep us fed and hydrated and provide some vocal support as we complete the 202 laps required.

    Saturday promises to be a fantastic, intense, emotional and exhausting day.

    We will post live updates throughout the day so any interested people can track our progress, but if you're at a loose end why not pop down to Wakefield Park and get amongst the fun.

    Thanks again for the support. It's awesome!

    Much love

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • Monday - the week of     13 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister

    A slow, flat 30 min run today, to keep the legs ticking over (and the nerves under control!)

    We need to spend some time this week planning the best sources of energy for during the run, and making this as easy as possible to consume while still moving. The advice we received from our trusted physio, John O'Driscoll, from Dalman Physiotherapy, was to continue moving while eating and drinking to beat the psychological battle we could face later on.

    Thanks to all those who have donated so far - tell your friends! :)

    Bring it on!

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment

  • One week to go     11 March 2017
    Posted by: Mr DR & Mrs AE Bannister

    This time next week we will be nearly half way through our challenge. Bring it on!

    With this event being organised so hastily to align with club day, it has meant we haven't been able to complete a full ultra-marathon training programme. It will certainly be a real battle of attrition in the later stages of the day.

    Thanks to all who have already generously contributed to our cause. It means so much to us.

    Dene and Annie

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment