Hamilton City Hawks Top 5 Running Tips

2nd November 2016

With Round the Bridges drawing nearer and nearer each day, we thought we’d catch up with some members from the Hamilton City Hawks running club to see if they had any handy running tips for our participants ahead of the event on Sunday 13 November.

We met up with Malesa McNearney and Jai Davies-Campbell, two young Hawks runners who are achieving great things on the New Zealand and International sporting stage. The pair shared their top 10 tips for beginner runners who’re looking to complete Round the Bridges… check them out below!

  1.  Invest in a good pair of running shoes - it’s important to wear a good quality pair that are supportive and comfortable. If you don’t, you may run the risk of suffering from blisters or injury.

  2. Set small achievable goals - there’s nothing more satisfying than smashing a new goal. Keep yourself motivated by setting small achievable goals that you can reach in the lead up to the event.

  3. Aim to run two to three times a week - it takes more than one training run to get you ready for a big event. Make sure you fit in a decent amount of trainings runs so that you’re confident and ready to go on the big day.

  4. Ease into it and aim for distance rather than time - don’t worry about your pace, just try and make the distance that you set. And don’t forget that it’s OK to take walking breaks as long as you keep moving.

  5. Make your training fun - make training interesting by organising a run or walk with friends or by picking a nice scenic place to train like along the river, around the lake or at a park.

  6. Switch it up - not every session needs to be a run! Switch it up and take part in some other cardio related activities like cycling, swimming or hiking.

  7. Drink water - keep your body hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day - especially after running. If you have scales at home, try weighing yourself before and after each training and aim to drink at least 1.5 x the weight you lost during your run.

  8. Make sure you stretch - stretching is super important before and after a hard training run. It keeps your muscles flexible and strong and helps prevent injury you may also want to invest in a foam roller… it’ll be a love / hate relationship but your muscles will thank you for it!

  9. Make sure you take rest days - the worst thing you can do is overdo it and burn yourself out or cause an injury. Make sure you give your body a break and take rest when you need it.

  10. Join a running club - a running club is a great way to meet new people and to keep yourself accountable to get out and hit the pavement. And not everyone is a competitive runner - there will always be people who run at a similar pace to you.

So there you have it - a few tips to keep in mind ahead of Round the Bridges or any other running event or training you take part in.

To check out the video we did with Malesa and Jai, visit the official event Facebook page!


Local Cancer Society raises funds through Round the Bridges

25th October 2016

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society hopes participants in this year’s Round the Bridges will also use the event to raise funds for the much-loved charity.

Every day 60 people in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Society provides free services and supportive care to people with cancer and their families; health promotion and education on how to reduce the risk of cancer; and support for research into the causes, detection and treatment of cancer. However, the Cancer Society receives no direct government funding so relies wholly on the generosity of the community through fundraising, donations, sponsorship and bequests, to operate.

"We are humbled and extremely grateful to the amazing individuals and groups in our communities who choose to support us," said Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society fundraising manager Catriona Findlay.

This is the second year the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society has been involved with Round the Bridges. Catriona says this year the society has set a fundraising target from the event of $5,000.

"We currently have 17 confirmed fundraisers and together as Team Cancer Society they have already raised over $2,770.

"We are thrilled with everybody's fundraising efforts so far. Partnering with Round the Bridges is an excellent opportunity for us to be part of a high profile community event and a great way for us to raise money to help Kiwis with cancer," she said.

As well as receiving support and expert advice around fundraising, participants who decided to make their run count by becoming a member of Team Cancer Society can also expect a few perks.

“To say thank you to our Round the Bridges supporters, anyone who raises $150 or more gets to enjoy wearing a dri-fit Cancer Society t-shirt at the event to recognise their involvement, and we will also be around at the end of the event to give out goody bags to congratulate them for their efforts,” said Catriona.

All funds raised by Team Cancer Society through Round the Bridges will remain in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region, directly helping people in the local community.

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society is an independent registered charity that operates under the broader umbrella of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

For more information or to join Team Cancer Society, click here


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Family Celebrate Father's Memory at Round the Bridges

19th October 2016

Two months after his journey with cancer ended, Richard (Dick) Wymer’s family will complete Round the Bridges in his memory whilst raising funds for Hospice Waikato. Dick had a long history with the Hamilton-based event, with his company Wymer Domestic Water Carriers supplying water for participants to enjoy out on course and at the finish line.

Three months after receiving the news about a suspected diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer, Dick passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. During those months, he and his family received substantial support from Hospice Waikato, a local charity whose core focus is helping people with a life-limiting illness to enjoy life to its fullest, while also providing support, comfort and quality care.

The support from Hospice gave his family the ability to keep him at home during his final months - something that Gabrielle, one of Dick’s nine grandchildren, says he would have been extremely grateful for.

“I just can’t convey how wonderful Hospice Waikato were with providing support, not only for Dick but for our entire family,” she said.

“We knew we wanted to do something to give back to this wonderful organisation, so we decided to use Round the Bridges as a way of fundraising to help them to continue providing palliative care to other families in need.”

The family opted to fundraise at the local fun run because of the relationship that Dick and Wymer’s Domestic Water Carriers, the company he founded, had with the event.

“He always enjoyed seeing the sense of achievement on people’s faces when they competed in Round the Bridges and he’d always try to make it down to the event to get a taste of the atmosphere and to get amongst the action,” said Gabrielle.

His family will run under the team name of ‘Richard N Wymer Family’ and it will consist of each of his children, their partners, and his nine proud grandchildren. His wife of 60 years, Marie, will cheer the family on from the sidelines.

The team plans on wearing matching supporter t-shirts during the event that will be designed in memory of Dick, while also representing his company and Hospice Waikato.

The family have set a goal of raising $1,000 and have raised $585 for the charity through their everydayhero supporter page so far.

Round the Bridges introduced their fundraising programme in 2015 and, from a combination of online donations and active fundraisers; nearly $40,000 was raised for New Zealand charities.

This year the event aims to reach a new target of $75,000.

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UniRec Members Set to Challenge Themselves at Round the Bridges

11th October 2016

Offering categories for runners and walkers of all abilities, Round the Bridges attracts a broad range of participants each year; many of whom are taking part as a way of achieving a long-term fitness goal. It is for this reason that many local health clubs and personal trainers use the event as a way to engage with their members outside of the gym doors.

For UniRec, the University of Waikato’s on-campus fitness centre, Round the Bridges presents the perfect opportunity to support its diverse membership base in achieving their individual goals. Health and Fitness Manager James Campbell explains why he’s excited to see members taking part this November.

“Round the Bridges is a fantastic local event which really brings the community together. This year our team will have over 50 members taking part, meaning that we can all support and motivate one another on the big day.

“For lots of people, taking part in an event as big as this can be quite daunting – particularly if it’s their first time. In my experience, participating as part of a team enables you to feel more at ease on the day, which helps to get the most out of the experience – not just in terms of enjoyment but also in terms of achieving your goal, whether that’s to walk the entire course or set a record time. That’s what we’re trying to do with Team UniRec.”

The team is a mixture of staff, members and their friends and family – all varying in terms of age and ability.

“We enter a team every year and it’s always a great chance to get to know people from the gym a little better. The staff love getting involved too as it’s a chance to socialise outside of the workplace, as well as to witness first-hand how their work at UniRec benefits the members.”

All UniRec team members will receive a free branded team t-shirt as well as access to a series of pre-event workshops designed to help attendees prepare for event day on Sunday 13 November.

“The workshops are free for anyone to attend (not just UniRec members) and will cover a range of topics including running tips, nutritional information and injury prevention. The idea is to give people an idea of what they can expect from a running event such as Round the Bridges and how to best prepare. Hopefully those in attendance will get a lot from the workshops and will feel even more excited about taking part in the event!”

UniRec is one of many local businesses getting involved in this year’s event, with over 200 teams registered already – 60 of which are entered into the 12km Corporate Challenge, which collates the finish times of the four fastest team members in order to find the Waikato’s fastest corporate team.

For more information about team entries at Round the Bridges, visit

For more information about UniRec’s RTB Ready Workshops, visit

About UniRec:

Based on campus at the University of Waikato, UniRec is a fitness and recreation centre open to the entire community. With over 3,000 members, UniRec offers a diverse array of facilities and equipment, including over 40 group exercise classes per week, an extensive array of cardio and weights equipment, endless swimming pools, squash courts and much more. For more information, visit

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Download Your FREE 2km Kids Challenge Training Programme!

11th October 2016

Designed for children aged 7 - 13 years, the 2km Kids Challenge offers a memorable event experience and is a fantastic vehicle for educating kids about the importance of health, exercise and wellbeing. The event is delivered in conjunction with Sport Waikato's Team Energize and attracts over 700 children each year.

In order to help kids prepare for the big day, Team Energize have created a 4-week training programme which is available to download for free from the Round the Bridges website. If your child would like to complete the programme, make sure they start it next Monday so that they have enough time to complete all activities before race-day!

And if your child is yet to enter online, make sure they're registered by 9.00am Monday 17 October if they would like to have their name printed on their race bib! Please note all participants entered into the 2km Kids Challenge after this deadline will receive a standard race number with no name or school name printed.

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