Door2Door Ultra 2020

By Joe Benbow

Kia Ora friends,

As we commence this lockdown for the next several weeks, I’m planning my next big adventure, and I need your help….

With events being cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future, not only are we missing our incentives to train and goals to work towards, but charities are missing out on fundraising at a time when they need it most.

Up and down the country, families are having to cope with isolation, stress and anxiety due to losses of jobs, income, having to home school and adjust to a new normal. And the economic impacts of this crisis are going to last far longer than the residues of virus.

I’m no expert, but it’s inevitable that this is going to cause a spike in mental health problems for our communities. And I want to help.

So I’m setting up my own fundraising event. 

I’m calling it the Door2Door Ultra. It’ll be a run of around 85k (about 2 marathon distances) from my home in Karori to our family bach in Te Horo Beach. The route will follow the Skyline trail to Mt Kaukau, then follow the Te Araroa trail up through Porirua to Pukerua Bay, along the Escarpment Track to Paekakariki, then following the Expressway bike trail to Waikanae before a final beach leg to the finish.

It’s going to be a solo off-road run on quiet trails and backroads, but given the current lockdown and with health and safety absolutely paramount, I won't be doing the run until after the lockdown and when it's completely safe and responsible to do so. This will likely be when we're back to Level 2 or below but I will seek further guidance on that before committing to a date.

So then why am I setting this up now? Well, several reasons:

1) It’ll give me a goal to plan towards and a light at the end of this tunnel of claustrophobia

2) It’ll also give my kids something to look forward to (they’ve already talked about running sections with me and making a home-made medal, bless them)

3) Hopefully, it will inspire others to do something similar – they are plenty more charities out there that need our help right now!

4) But most importantly, any donations made will go straight to the Mental Health Foundation immediately, so they have funds coming in to continue the great working they are already doing.

So please, if you still have income coming in and can afford a little to spare, please make a donation and sponsor me for this challenge. I’m hoping to raise a minimum of $1000, which is very achievable with your help.

Thank you in advance everyone and stay safe. See you on the other side....

Kia kaha 


My Achievements

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My Updates


Thursday 4th Jun
Thanks to everyone who came along to support me on Saturday and to the masses of donations. Wow - over $1700 raised, that's way more than I had hoped for, and just blows me away! It's going to be a huge help for MHF, so thanks again. 

Not long to go!

Wednesday 20th May
Well we've come out the other side of lockdown and shit is about to get real....

It's been an interesting couple of months in many ways, but hearing of many awful stories from overseas, I think in NZ we've dodged a bullet in many ways. And I feel blessed that my activity of choice has built-in social distancing, so I've been able to spend the lockdown exploring every inch of my neighbourhood. Literally....

But now that we're down to Level 2, and all the trails are open again, I have limited excuses to delay this further! So all going well, I'm planning on doing the run over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Thanks so much for your donations. Over 70% of the way there!

Will keep you posted.


Thank you to my Supporters


Penny Walker



You are much admired! (Mel Stevens’ mother.) was


Brad Pond

Fantastic effort Joe. Inspirational!!!


Nathan Thomas

Fantastic effort Joe!


Jess And Stu



Great work Joe and enjoy that hot tub and beer over the weekend


Todd Stevens

Great run mate!!


Sue Markham

Well done Joe


Jiwon Chun

Well done Joe!


Clare Noakes


Dan Crawford

Bro, outstanding effort man. Love your drive and advocacy for the MH foundation.



Good job buddy!


Simon Waterfield

Great stuff Jo! Go well today :)



Awesome Joe, enjoy it!


Daniel Madley

Awesome initiative Joe! Run well :)


Penny Walker

Thinking of you doing the Mana to Paekok section with Lance W.( his mum)


Alan Crowe

Run well and enjoy the adventure mate!


Neil Wilson

Good luck buddy


Janice Gunn

Take the time to enjoy the views while you run. Great work Joe



May the wind be always on your back my friend! Great cause.


Peggy Taylor

May the wind be behind you. Go well Joe and enjoy the after run bevvie!


The Dangerfields

Your know your crazy right!! Go well!!


Simon Chamberlain



Go well Joe. Fingers and toes cross for fair weather on the day


Mike Pethig

All the best Joe. Look forward to the updates!


Gareth Jenkins


Gary Haddon

Give it heaps!


Tony & Trish

All the best, Tony & Trish


Cate Shave

Go Joe!! An awesome adventure for a great cause xxx


Maher Lehnid



Carla And Matt

You’re an inspiration! Enjoy the run and well done with the fundraising goal 🙌


Andy Williamson

Great cause Joe


Joe Benbow

Every little helps


The Benbows In The Uk

Go Joe


Liz Benbow


Maher Lehnid

Can you take Charlie with you - the further he is from Maya - the better. Started feeling a quad strain reading your bio...Stay crazy Joe!


Kirstin And Stevie

Sounds amazing Joe - we’ll be waiting at the finish line with a beer for you!


Daniel Clough

Love your work Joe!


Ian New

You are an inspiration, Joe. Stay safe!


Kirston Cox

Great cause!


Luvz Maiava


Greg Lemaire

Nice work Joe.


Nigel Jackson

Great idea Joe


Kerry Mansell



You are an inspiration Joe!



Awesome initiative & cause x


Lance Walker

Way to go Joe! Love the initiative. Would love to join you for a few k's. Take care!


Suz & Stu

Go Joe! awesome 😎