New Zealand 22 March: Westport - Hokitika

Beautiful West Coast Run

We start our run with a warm up at a beautiful beach and see our first dolphin.

...and run past the famous Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.

Our new friend Lorna makes a wish for peace.

We are very lucky as today's running route is along a stunning coastal road.

"Did you see those runners?"
"Yeah, did you get to hold that torch?"

Lighting the torch at the start of a run.

"See you in 10 kilometers."

Here comes Vera.

...and this is Anita!

"Hey guys, check this out - a runner!"

"Hello, my name is Deeptaksha, guess where I am from?"

Meeting some great supporters of the Peace Run.

We finish most of our running distance in time to visit Cobden School in Greymouth.

We all stop at 1:32 pm for two minutes silence being observed throughout the whole country to commemorate the one-week anniversary of the tragic event in Christchurch.

Three junior students read out some beautiful words on peace.

Thank you, Cobden School.

Our next school visit is at John Paul II High School in Greymouth. It is a great honour to visit this school, as Pope John Paul II has also held the Peace torch.

The students make their wishes for peace before the assembly.

Offering a Jharna Kala painting titled "Hope" and a Certificate of Appreciation to the school. Thank you for a wonderful visit.

Our happy team at the end of the day.

Thank you Top 10 Holiday Park in Greymouth for hosting some of our runners.

We are grateful to Charles Court Motel in Greymouth for providing accommodation for the girls team.

Alpine Rose Motel in Greymouth hosts the rest of the boys team. Thank you for your kind generosity.