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Donald Gunn 1952-2020

Obituary - Donald Gunn (1952‑2020)

Written by close friends and fellow Waimea Harriers members, Linda Sillery and Norm Carrington.

Donald Gunn was a longtime member of Waimea Harriers, joining the club after moving to Motueka in 1995.

We first met Donald in about 1998 at a half marathon in the Maitai Valley and so began a long friendship based on a mutual love of travel, cycling, tramping, running and crossword puzzles! Over the years he told us of growing up on a rural farm in central Otago, followed by his time at Otago University.

After 'uni' he spent a lot of his life pursuing his love of travel and history. On his OE he went to the UK, Turkey, Crete, Morocco and elsewhere. He enjoyed experiencing different cultures and Africa became a favourite destination over the years. He visited Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana and he had a long association with a Ugandan orphanage which he helped to support.

He ran all his life, never stopping and wherever he happened to be - whether he was travelling in Uganda or cycling in North America. At the end of a long day on the bike he would still have a short run.
His best marathon time was 3 hours 6 minutes and although his running times may have slowed over the years, his enthusiasm never diminished.

Donald had an amazing memory and we would be astounded that he would know the dates of different running races, who had won them and in what times! Over the years we had some good battles with him in races and he would always remember the results of previous years, especially if they were in his favour!

Donald, you will be missed by all your friends and, for us, driving to races without you will never be the same.

RIP mate. Norm and Linda. 

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