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75th Marathon For Hawke’s Bay Walker

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Having accomplished countless running and walking marathons in his life, you somehow get the feeling Joff Hulbert is simply content to take his calculated strides in a space of gratitude.

When marathon walker Hulbert crosses the finish line at the Elephant Hill Wine Estate in Clifton before 1pm he’ll have covered the 42.2km distance for the 75th time of running and walking.

But the 68-year-old retired lawyer from Napier hastens to emphasise — before the 8.15am start to the annual Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Marathon at West Quay, Ahuriri — walking isn’t an easier task for him because running became untenable.

“Walking is harder than running because you need more upper-body movement,” says Hulbert, whose maiden running event was the Hastings Marathon in 1983, which he had completed around the 3h 40m mark.

Photo: Joff Hulbert fuels himself on a does of realism but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got the licence to dream during his marathon walks nowadays. Photo/Paul Taylor

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Posted: 18 May 2019

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