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Thousands turn out for mums’ run

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They wore red, but the smiles of 500 women walking or running to celebrate mother’s day was the standout of the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day fun run on Sunday.

The fun run is now in its seventh year and while giving mothers the chance to spend their special day with family and friends, it also supported the Heart Foundations Go Red for Women campaign, raising money that is vital for life-saving research into women’s heart disease.

Fun run organiser Daryl O’Reilly says the event had already received a record number of entries by last Tuesday morning and saw 544 women take part in the fun run on Sunday.

Nelson mother Vanessa Donald says it was the first time she’d taken part. “I decided to do it because my daughter and I started running together, we’ve done the women’s day out up in the Maitai and we’re keen to keep it going, thought it would be a nice thing to do together on mother’s day.”

The fun run was a 5km long loop around the Richmond area following the Walkway Reserve and it was able to raise around $10,000 through registrations.

“I think the major success of our event on Sunday was the number of woman that took time out on mother’s day to complete the 5km walk / run,” says Daryl. “544 Participants entered the event, benefitting their own heart and in doing so, supported the Heart Foundations ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign. We are very proud to be able to give back to the community with this initiative to raise awareness, keep families together for longer and help NZ women lead heart healthy lives.”

Jennian Homes would also like to say a big thank you to the local businesses that contributed spot prizes and Tammy Pegg, Cardiologist and General Physician at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board for the very informative speech she gave about maintaining a healthy heart.