Nyla Carroll

New York Marathon 2018

NEW YORK MARATHON - THE FINAL HURRAH!

Thanks so much to everyone who sponsored me, along with those who supported me in so many other ways during this past year as I have focused on running the New York Marathon and raising awareness along with $6000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Despite the best laid plans, and completing a solid 20 weeks of training, including several 38km runs, the day before I was to fly over, my hamstring decided NOT to come to the party.  I rested it, along with doing my physio exercises, but the 27 hours of air travel was never going to help.

I felt ok on race day and lined up with 53,000 + runners from over 139 countries and at 9.50am we were off (this was after a 5am start from the hotel to get to the bus at 6am to get to the start!)....5km into it and the hamstring quit!

I thought I might be able to walk/run but NO, walking proved the only option, so head down and on with it....walking in my running designed orthotics meant I lifted my big toenails but I just focused on getting to the finish line, one step at a time....I had plenty of time to reflect on life - all the ups and downs of recent months - losing my older sister Kathryn, two months ago, in much the same way as Murray and having to sort out her affairs certainly gave me cause to think a lot about how life can just change in a heart beat and how important it is to make the most of each and every day...

I ran out of fuel at about 30km, having expected to finish in around 3 hours and 30 minutes, and thankfully someone in the 2 million plus spectator crowd gave me a bag of lollies which kept me going....I was really cold when I crossed the line some 6 hours and 41 minutes later, and all I could think about was food....unfortunately I collapsed with hypothermia and spent some time in the medical tent before finally making it back to the hotel at 7pm - so a very long day at the office....

I have no regrets - whilst I would have loved to have been able to run the marathon, I still got to the finish under my own steam - several runners topped to pat me on the back and thank me for running for mentla health, and I know that Murray wouldn't have cared less that I walked the whole way - he would have just been proud and honoured that I was out there at all...

Time now to close the door on this chapter of my life and start living the rest of my life...

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Two years ago I lost my brother, Murray.  Murray was someone that everyone saw but no-one knew.  He died alone over the Christmas/New Year period and wasn't discovered for ten days.  Murray lived with mental illness which put him on the fringes of society.  Prior to his breakdown he was a qualified butcher, adept at martial arts and a keen surfer - and he gave the best hugs in the world!

21 years ago I represented New Zealand in the 10,000m at the Atlanta Olympics, albeit with a torn Achilles tendon...the aftermath of dealing with that disappointment saw me begin a continuous cycle of overtraining, injury and eventually burn-out.

Taking two years leave without pay in 2011 to get over shingles and glandular fever, I returned to my home town of New Plymouth and during this time rekindled my relationship with Murray.  This gave me a close understanding of how difficult it is for those trying to help sufferers of mental illness.

Last year I was finally healthy enough to train consistently for 21 weeks and run 21.1km in the Auckland Half Marathon in honour and memory of Murray and raise funds and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.  It was a cathartic experience in so many ways - I cried the whole last kilometre whilst remembering Murray and also laying to rest many of my own ghosts and demons.

Following the recent unexpected demise of my relationship, 2018 sees me looking to challenge myself on a whole new level by tackling the New York City Marathon with the aim of raising at least $6000 for the Mental Health Foundation so they can continue to raise awareness and support those like Murray who are marginalised and don't have the ability to reach out and get the help they so desperately need.  

The Mental Health Foundation is a charitable trust, with donations being an important part of its funding.  Please help me to support the Foundation by contributing toward the $6000 I aim to raise for their work.

It's only us who can make a difference.  No one should ever have to face a mental health problem alone....

Team Mental Health Foundation

Support me in running the New York Marathon in 2018! I’m running 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. Your support will help the MHF to advocate for increased access to free or heavily subsidised counselling so they are accessible and affordable. I need to raise $6000, so please donate to me today! Bring on #NYCBabyMHF.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Andrew Jones

Go Get em girl have fun

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New Plymouth Dc Fundraising

$261.70

Offline Fundraising

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Anonymous

All the best Nyla - Have an epic run!

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Tom Fogarty

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Anonymous

Go you Legend!

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Lydia

Go you bloody legend x

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Neale P

Best wishes Nyla on what I know will be an emotional journey in NY

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Stuart Skene

All the best for your final hurrah!

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Brenda Scott-smith

Your story that Merlin sent to me really touched a cord Nyla. Amazing. I wish you all the best in achieving what you're setting out to do. Brenda (Merlin's mother)

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Peter And Raewyn Blair

Just do it like you always have

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Anonymous

Many of us have relationships shaped by mental illness, sometimes going back generations and never openly acknowledged. All the best for your cause and may you find peace outside of running.

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Nyla Carroll

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Alan & Sue

We think this is a very worthwhile cause to support, and wish you all the best for both your fundraising and preparations for the run - Go Nyla (and thanks for the book!)

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Anonymous

Good luck guys! Make sure to do your stretches!

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Anonymous

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Malcolm Greig

You are a tough girl. Please don't over train.

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Dean & Lea File

All the very best Nyla

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Anne Molloy

I too have struggled with mental illness all my life - in the way of depression.

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Murray Mcewen

Have a great run Nyla. (Don't go out too fast at New York like Paul Ballinger once did!)

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Brown Charlie

Go Nyla!!!

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Jeremy Bielawski

Have a great run Nyla! All the best....

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Anonymous

Great work Nyla - keep up the positive attitude!

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Jo Woodcock

Looking forward to hearing about your last hurrah for your bro.

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John Connell

I know how much this cause means to you - have a great run!

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Anonymous

You story touched our hearts Nyla. Best wishes with your run. From heather Rhonda Linda Jill and the Southern VAs

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Tanya Brightwell

Good luck in NY. The fundraising for awareness will help many others. Best wishes

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Bryn Gibson

Best of luck Nyla!

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Anonymous

Good luck Nyla!

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Jess Parr

Merlin recently showed me your story and I was not only moved by your personal experience but also your actions to raise awareness and contribute to the care of others through your fundraising efforts for the Mental Health Foundation. All the best work with your New York campaign!

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Beverley Mclean

You're an inspiration Nyla. All the very best for the marathon. Time then for some rest and relaxation!

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Wendy Sutton

Hope everything goes well on the day. :-)

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Mike And Lorraine Enright

All the best for a great trip and great run!

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Anonymous

all the best with this huge project

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Alison And Glenys K

Go Nyla ! Great Cause In memory of Murray and Kathryn

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Nicole

Good luck Nyla! I read your story in the Taranaki Daily News. You are an inspiration to us all, what a wonderful thing to do - in memory of Murray and in support of such an important cause.

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Jenny Butterworth

All the very best Nyla, you are an inspiration.

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Ross Grantham

Hey Nyla what a great cause and an even greater inspiration you are. All the best take care. Granny

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Margaret Mccall

Your caring gritty personality was evident even in your school days I wish you success in NY

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Anonymous

Thanks for sharing such a personal story. Best wishes for the New York Marathon - an acheivement in its own right.

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Pip Abernethy

all the best Nyla what a kind beautiful soul you are . love pip

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Judy Wolff

You are an inspiration Nyla. Looking forward to meeting you in person. Jx

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Brett Neagle

Go go Nyla

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Trish And Bruce Ball

Good luck Nyla, you are so strong. We think of Murray a lot. All our love.

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John And Helen Duck

Thinking of you in New York

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Karen And Michael

All the best. You are inspirational

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Sheree

Have fun and remember the 'bubbles' for your Gym mates before you depart to the 20th marathon!

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Helana Taylor

Go Nyla, wishing you all the very best.

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Sarah Sands

Nyla I am from the pharmacy

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Liz Chin

Go well Nyla!

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Lynne Turner

Go Nyla! Great cause!

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Catriona Dowling

The very best of luck in NYC Nyla from your old (in every sense!) Boulder, Colorado training pal .... I remember fondly the enjoyment and pain of those long runs at altitude on Magnolia road. You go girl!

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Michele And Sonny

Give it your best Nyla you certainly have put the mahi in to achieve your goal. We will be cheering you on from Taranaki. Then after this you can rest your body and relax

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Mark Poppelwell

Good on you Nyla, I’m happy to contribute my $50. The Mental Health Foundation is a great cause.

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Anonymous

SO PROUD OF YOU - MORE ADVERSITY AND YOU CONTINUE TO STAND STRONG - KIA KAHA!

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Lovey

Touched by your Story Nyla, "Ka Mau te Wehi!"

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Anonymous

Great effort Nyla! Your goal is achievable! Stay strong and focused...

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John

Great work on this campaign - you go girl!

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Mark Stanton

All the best Nyla.

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Joanne Chaplow

Well done Nyla. You did your brother proud. Great effort!! It was good to see you on Queensboro Bridge!

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Grant

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Jeff Mcgrath

All the best for the coming weekend Nyla. I admire your courage, those of us who have enjoyed sport all of our lives know that you actually have nothing to prove. But you go girl, try to enjoy it! ;)

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Kate

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Michele Coe

Have a great run Nyla!

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Robbie Peel

Good luck mate

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Catahy Stevens

Hi Nyla, Sorry this can't be more but hope it helps, You're amazing and I'm cheering you on from NZ!

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Anonymous

Best wishes to you for you race, your health ,your fundraiser and to remember Murray

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Anonymous

Your determination is an inspiration.

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Anonymous

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Roger Watkin

Hi Nyla. I have been a sportsman and fan all my life. I have been only to one big event, the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games. I was in the stadium the day Rod Dixon had to run in borrowed shoes! I would love to help you reach your goal, so this small donation will push your total over $1000.00. Good luck in New York. 👍😃

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Vanessa

Good luck - a great cause. Helping a family member with mental illness is very hard, he was lucky to have you.

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Simon

Hoping that my contribution will help to carry some of your burden and give you the peace to enjoy the race

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Kylie Ehrich

Hey Nyla. I'll be cheering you on. Go well. xx

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Alice Ropata

Saw your story on JET intranet page. Was both sad to read about losing your siblings, but also inspired by what you are doing. Go well, Nyla.

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Martin Osborne

All the best

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Nyenyezi Siameja

What a great cause! Best of luck.

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Kimberley Brady

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Helena Dillon

It is great that you are raising the profile of mental illness Nyla - kia kaha!

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Delwyn Bennett

Awesome work Nyla!

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Raama Brownlie

Ka pai e hoa, nga mihi

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Sam Farrow

All the best Nyla, your'e doing a fantastic job! Remember to rest, for yourself too.

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Anonymous

Best wishes Nyla!!

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Mike Higgie

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Sue Ogle

Go well Nyla, you will be amazing!!!

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Joan Gibbs

All the best Nyla!!

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Kirk Jackson

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Willie Harvey

Go Nyla! Great cause!

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Anonymous

In memory of your sister, Kathryn, who just lost her own battle with mental illness....

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Barry Henderson

Best of luck Nyla!

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Elin Jones

Congratulations on finishing, getting your medal and achieving your objective. It must have been so hard and you deserve an extra medal for your fundraising efforts.

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Kristen Braae

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Mario Fraioli

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Anonymous

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Vicki Penman

Hi Nyla, I am sorry to read of your losses, my sympathy goes out to you. Thank you for fundraising and doing the marathon for such a worth cause.

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Rachel M

All the very best for your run - it'll be an amazing accomplishment that you'll always remember. I imagine your training has had a beneficial effect on your mental health and your pride when you cross that finish line will give you a long lasting high. Apart from that, to live your best life and to help others struggling in this way is a great way to honour your Murray. Be proud! <3

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Anonymous

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Denise Fleming

All the best Nyla