Brook RUNS Te-Araroa

By Brook van Reenen

Te Araroa

In September 2019 I plan on running the 3000 km Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff

You can follow my progress here, the build up, the training, events I tackle and the journey.

https://www.facebook.com/thelongrun19/?modal=admin_todo_tour

A side project:

At the end of October 2018 I had a week off work and I completed a challenge I set for myself, 7 peaks in 7 days. to get my journey started. This included

. Mount Alpha - Wanaka

. Isthmus Peak – Lake Hawea

. Breast Hill – Lake Hawea

. Corner Peak – Lake Hawea

. Grandview – Lake Hawea

. Mount Maude- Wanaka

. Ben Lomond – Queenstown

As I write this it is Tuesday the 25th of June 2019 and I have had a big year of running to get ready for what will be the adventure of a life time.

Races I have completed were, The Queenstown marathon, The Luxmore Grunt, Crush the Cargill, Tail end charlie in the Big Easy marathon, The Shotover Moonlight mountain marathon and I finally cracked my nemesis

The Mount Difficulty Ascent!

After a couple of weeks off recovering I am now heading into my final month and a half of training which will generally be just ticking up the km's each week so that I have a solid base before I start!

Running hasn’t come easy for me. I have tried the Mount Difficulty Ascent marathon 3 times without success. I finished the Old Ghost Road Ultra last year but it was my 2nd attempt. I pulled out of my 3rd Kepler challenge last year due to the flu. That’s the reality of this sport you never know what will happen on the day you can be 110% prepared. I heard it time and time again I was fit enough for all of these races but it’s the mental side that gets to me! I go away thinking that maybe I bite of more than I can chew, but I always come back for more which is why I want to do this. Pain verse perspective comes to mind.

I would like to raise money for Mental Health because some of my closest friends have been affected by it, Running is great for my own mental health and I will be overcoming massive mental battles within myself when I am running day after day. 

I'm doing this because nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own. Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of NZ provide individuals, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and wellbeing. I want to raise $[5000, so please donate to me today! Every little bit counts!

 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Brook Van Reenen

MED MARKET

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Evan Big Sexy

Brilliant mission Bro. What an experience and no doubt time to dream up the next. Congrats on the achievement and your fund raising effort at the same time. Da man Brook! Yes.

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J Norris

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Marg & Bruno Galloway

Good on you Brook. Keep it up.

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Jamie Calder

Awesome work.

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Phillip Cochrane

Well done mate. I am a kiwi living in Europe Your hard work has been a cyber-vacation for me.

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James Harper

Congratulations Brook, what an amazing thing to do!

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Scott Mcgoun

Solid effort (massive understatement!). Good on you πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

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Pattie O'boyle

You are truly an inspiration. Well done on your incredible journey

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Jenny Hirst

And you made it! Well done Brook. Enjoy a break at home before you next adventure (and I'm sure there will be many adventures planned) πŸ˜‰πŸƒ‍♂️

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Tim Lerew

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Ben Kolff

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Andy Smith

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Jamie And Aileen.

Good Job Mate

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Sally Edgerton

Have been following your trip all the way. An outstanding accomplishment for a very worthy cause, well done. Enjoy the deep south, the best part of the trail for sure!

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Dawn

Great effort Brook, doing well and not too far now!

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Logan Penniket

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Wanaka Community

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Phil Struckmann

Almost there mate - what an amazing effort. Well done!

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Rae-ann Sinclair

What an incredible selfless thing you have done - well done and congratulations on every km you run. Great support crew too.

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Simon Clendon

What an amazing adventure!

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Evan And Anne Begg

Good Effort, good cause

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Jane And Errol Raumati

Best Wishes from Jane and Errol Raumati ( friends of Yvonne & Gary)

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Rachael Tucker

Brook, to say I'm proud of you is an understatement. The journey you have been on and continue to on makes my heart happy. Keep running my friend. You are awesome x

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Tanya Winter

Hi Brook. You're nearly home! Loving watching your journey, both mental and physical. Was awesome hiking the bit through the Hakarimatas with you when you were in the Mighty Waikato. Kia kaha. Tanya

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Hamish Bartlett

Good on ya brother keep going .. so so close

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Anonymous

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Trish Linton

Awesome Brook have really enjoyed following you on this epic journey

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Anonymous

Gutted to read about the weather woes but pleased you have taken the safe option and understand you can come back and finish those sections. Have been following you on Dirt Church Radio. Was worried when I hadn't heard an update in a few episodes. Rest Assured your journey matters to a lot of people you don't even know.

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Sharon Noyce

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Pip White

Enjoying following your journey Brook. You're amazing. Here's to fair weather and safe travels through the South Island

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Nadine Olsen

Keep up the great work!

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Sarah Jackson

Sorry it’s taken this long to get around to the sponsorship! Great effort so far. Might cross paths with you somewhere near Bluff!

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Nick Dugan

Mate, awesome effort. As promised a small donation to your epic endeavour.

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David Wilkie

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Jo & Ruth Lewis

All the best Brook

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Ken And Marg Tustin

We love what you're doing Brook. Look forward to seeing you in Te Anau

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Kath Henderson

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Brooke Healey

Inspirational! Love following your journey Brook.

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Tim & Prue Wallis

EFT right left right keep it going! Well done Brook!

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Anita Chan

Shot bro!

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Anonymous

Great stuff Brook!

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Debbie Walton

You are acing an incredible challenge. I'm enjoying watching your progress along Te Araroa. Keep up the good work and well done to the support team too.

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Bianca Freytag

Keep up the amazing and inspiring effort!

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Yvonne & Gary

Helping to meet your target before you leave the North Island. We are backing you all the way.

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Jean Beaumont

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Samuel Moss

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Chris Robertson

Going strong Brook, keep it up!

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Rachal Aspinall

Loving watching the updates on FB Brook, take my hat off to you and what you're doing! Keep up the great work

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Penny Clendon

You are an inspiration :)

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Joe Benbow

I've been hugely inspired by your gutsy challenge, by your amazing photos, but most importantly by your positive, can-do attitude. Amazing stuff Brook - you're a great New Zealander!

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Rob Beck

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The Sleep Store

We are in awe of your amazing effort! We are loving your daily updates. Thank you for what you are doing for mental health & raising awareness.

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Jules (tinytramper)

Well done Brook! Love following your TA journey - amazing effort!! All the best Jules (Tinytramper) xx

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Joanne And Keith Thompson

Great to see you today in Fielding. Best of wishes for the rest of the journey.

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Anonymous

Awesome, Brook. Love following your journey!

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Erica & Will Morrison

So proud of you little bro, you’re going so well, it’s awesome to see! Look forward to when you get here!

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Wendy Coup

Amazing goal. Thank you for caring Brook and your team x

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Scott Long

Good on you Brook! What a great excuse to run some trails! Just Keep Going.

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Gareth Jenkins

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Aimee Perry

Just listened to another update on DCR. Keep up the awesome work!

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Robbie Rawles

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Alice Meikle

Great to meet you at the Timber Trail lodge tonight - you are an amazing inspiration! Good luck for the rest of your journey, will be following your progress and sending positive vibes

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Henrik Lennstrom

Keep up the good work and good luck with your running across the country!

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Craig And Jenny Allen

We started cycling the Timber Trail at the same time Brook started running it - and he almost beat us to the 40kn halfway point at Timber Trail Lodge. What an inspiration. Good luck for the rest of your journey and exceeding your fundraising goal for such an important cause.

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Helene&colin Wong/knox

Kia kaha.

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Robyn Hall

Go hard Brook - this is a great cause

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Jenny Hare & Brian Wills

Go Well Brook !!

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Jenny Hirst

It was great hosting you in Auckland and managing to keep up with you for 70km over 3 days! Hope to catch up with you in Welly - might even donate some more when you hit the capital city! Kiha kaha, Jenny and Pete.

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Bruce Watson And Claudia Landis

Hi Brook. Just talked to your Dad and he told us about your big run. Great. Best wishes. To your Mum too. Bruce and Claudia

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Anonymous

Go well Brooke.

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Brook Van Reenen

Donation from a farmer on the trail!

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Tina White

So nice to meet you Brook, you are an inspiration. All the best for the rest of your journey.

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Brook Van Reenen

Miriam & Pakiri camp ground cash donation :)

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Catherine Clarke

This cause is very close to my heart due to my journey and now my daughter's enormous journey - thankyou and hsve an awesome time enjoying all the places you run by and through each day ♥️

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Anonymous

all the best with this project, what a challenge

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Richard Wanhill

You've got this Brook

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Ian Gilmour

Go well Brook!

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Ruth Tauti

R E S P E C T for you and I N S P I R A T I O N for me! Loooooooove following your epic journey! Kia Kaha bro!! πŸ‘

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Photos4sale

:-)

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Paul Lewis

Thought we’d kick in a bit more to keep you going mate.

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Anonymous

Go Brook

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Mark Smith

Awesome Brook! I'm enjoying following you along on Facebook, but think it would be a lot more enjoyable on a Bicycle :)

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Sunrisequest.com

Hi, You don’t know us! We’ve met your mom today and had a nice chat. It’s very inspiring to see what you are doing. Wish you lots of luck. Say our hello to your mom (Sepideh & Dennis)

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Dereck Porter

Take time to look at the scenery. All the best.

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Bidfood Dunedin

Fantastic effort Brook

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Lucy Broughton

Very jealous of your adventure! Very worthy cause. Good luck.

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Reynolds Family

Great work!

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Maria Voigt

Will be following your progress. Best of luck and Kia kaha

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Vicki Cottrell

Just amazing Brook, hopefully we will see you on your way down. Go for gold

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Rebecca And Josh

Smash it Brook! I'll keep an eye out for when you make it welly ways!

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Jez

Enjoy it bro

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Ruth Croft

Awesome stuff, Brook. Will be following along .

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Helen Macdiarmid

Well done, enjoy your adventure and thank you πŸ™

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Anonymous

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Kimbra Hughes

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Steph Cushen

Legend!

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Kerrie Waterworth

Good Luck Brook! Have a great adventure.

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Nigel Boswell

Go Brook!

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Martin Wright

Kia kaha Brook, I hope all goes well.

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Kirsten And Aj

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Maria Campbell Bidfood Logistics Auckland

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Red Lunday De Waal

Great challenge. Great cause. Great stuff Brook!

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Anonymous

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Linda Pierce

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Graham Wardrop

Hi Brook. It's a wonderful thing you're doing. I'll be following your progress with great interest.Cheers, Graham

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Courtney Mcnatty

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Jasmin Taylor

All the best!

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Penny Adams

Go Brook ! The world is lucky to have a human like you around !

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Lynn Taylor

Go all on this big mission Brook and Robyn

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Jo Connor

Inspirational. Wishing you and your supporti team a safe journey. A worthy cause.

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Jo And George Wallis

Have a wonderful adventure Brook

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Teresa Turnock

All the best Brook, dig deep through all the hard times, the end result will be worth it.

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Richard Kresser

All that stands between making it to the end and yourself is how much you want it! It's going to hurt, but realize that and then move on. Go do it man!

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Steve Pemberton

Have a blast brother! Give it an effort you’ll be proud of forever!

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Anonymous

Go like the clappers Brooke and have fun.

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Tessa Hogg

Good on you, Brook. A real kiwi taking on an extraordinary challenge for a really great cause. I hope your adventures inspires many many others. I have had the privilege of walking sections of the TA and know that you're in for a real adventure. Enjoy 90 mile beach, it is a tough start, but it's all part of the journey.

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Fiona Mcmartin

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Chris & Simon Bartlett

Wishing you all the best from Chris & Simon Bartlett

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The Prince Albert

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Robyn Richards

Inspirational!

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Martin Trvaj

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Liv Macfarlane

Incredibly inspiring, you’re a star 🌟

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Brook Van Reenen

Fundraising evening

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Alim

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Vicki Spearing

Good Luck on the journey Brook, and well done on achieving so much already.

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Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka donations

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Rachel Bridgewater

Go well buddy!

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Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka!

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Sue Aspinall

Go Brook go and Good Luck

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Katie

Huge good luck, don't forget to enjoy it and remember the painful bits get forgotten in the end!

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Alex Martin

Go Brook! The whole DA Team is behind you mate!

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Sean Mcwilliams

Hey Brook, all the best mate! I know it's a long way but you've got this. Cheers, Sean

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Crawford Family

Go welll Brooke

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Lizzi Yates And Lucy O’hagan

Great work so far Brook. Love the updates, your story. Keep going ! 😊😊

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Mal Law

For toughing it out at Mt Difficulty. Remember this and use it when things get tough of the TA run. DO. NOT. GIVE. UP!

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Yvonne & Gary Roberts

Supporting you all the way Brooke.

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Phil Sale

Go hard mate, said id donate if you completed Mt Difficulty and you rocked it so here you go

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George Henderson

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart" Emil Zatopek. Gods speed my friend

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Caroline O'neill

Go well

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Deon

Mt Difficulty. Keep up the good fight.

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Sarah Davidson

Good on ya for finishing Mt Difficulty Brook. So proud of you! Best of luck for TA.

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Cate S

Mt Difficulty - nailed it! Congrats Brook, on never giving up!!

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William Attwell

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Sally Law

Congrats on nailing the epic Mt Difficulty Ascent! Fine effort Brookster.

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Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donations!

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Marcella

Good luck for your adventure for a great cause!

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Elizabeth Sommerville

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Marge Hurst

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Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donations

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Jo Bailey

Good luck Brook!!

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Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donation Boxes

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Angie & Trev

Go Brook! We really admire what you are doing and have already achieved. More $$ will go in the pot when you reach your goal. We hope to provide logistic support to you during your run.

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Lucy Mills

Enjoying following your training journey and looking forward to the start of the adventure. Go well!

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Kevin Holland

I look forward to joining you through Canterbury. Keep in touch. Kevin

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Paul Lewis

Hey Brookster. Go well mate. Good to see you at Shotover. Paul and Kay

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Anonymous

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Mary Beth Frezon

In support of those who struggle daily. Good luck with your run!

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Jeremy Simpson

Great work!

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Pete And Anne Hodgson

Hi Buddy This is from Anne and me. Go like the clappers

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Deon De Clercq

Keep up the good fight.

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Aimee Perry

Good luck for your adventure! I look forward to following how it goes for you and thanks for supporting such an important cause! 😁

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Kirsty

What a great adventure Brook! And for a good cause. Will hopefully be able to meet you on the trail somewhere. Happy training.

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Cate S

Brook, I totally believe you can do this! Crush the Cargill next weekend, and keep doing what you're doing to prepare yourself for the big push in September 2019. You got this!!

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Anonymous

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Emily Oliver

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Deon

I remember you with those cool shorts on the Old Ghost Road Ultra. All the best on your awesome adventure.

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Sally Law

Great cause and what an adventure the run will be! There's a further $100 to come when you cross the finish line at Mt Difficulty. I'm not interested in how long it takes to get there, just that you do :-)

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Wendy Hawkes

Haven't met you Brook, but have seen you at a few events. What an adventure, good luck :)

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Trent

Awesome mission and awesome charity to support! I've had my first DNF this year and pulled out of an event due to sickness also. Wish you all the best!