Mike Horne runs down Baldwin St, Northeast Valley, as part
of a fundraiser for the Otago-Southland Division of the
Cancer Society. The photograph was taken with a one-second
shutter speed and the flash on a strobe setting. Photo by
It has been an uphill battle for Mike Horne as he tries
to climb the equivalent height of Mt Everest this month.
Mr Horne (43) is running up the world's steepest residential
street, Dunedin's Baldwin St, 126 times.
''It's a real grind. At 6am, it's cold and dark. There's not
a lot of stimulation, so you grind up and down.''
He does about 10 ascents every second day, which takes him
just over an hour.
It is a challenge he admits doing for purely financial
reasons - to raise funds for the Otago-Southland Division of
the Cancer Society alongside next Friday's Daffodil Day
As a member of the Otago/Southland Cancer Society board and
chairman of its audit, finance and risk committee, Mr Horne,
who is a partner at accounting firm Deloitte, is well aware
of the financial challenges facing the society, which does
not get any government funding.
So when Cancer Society Dunedin marketing manager Mark Hamer
came up with the Everest challenge, suggesting a team from
the charity's Dunedin branch should lead by example during
the national ''Choose your Challenge'' fundraiser this month,
it was suggested Mr Horne give it a go.
''It seemed like a good idea at 5.30 on a Thursday night ...
but by Friday morning ...''
Mr Horne exchanged his regular runs for 6am starts,
running up and down Baldwin St, clocking up 80 ascents so far.
His wife, Katrina, was also taking part, completing 75
ascents to date.
They hoped to raise about $4000 by the end of the month.
Seven people in the Dunedin branch were taking part in the
challenge, including the mastermind of the scheme.
Mr Hamer said he had managed 25 ascents so far, admitting the
challenge was ''very tough on the knees''.
''We're way past base camp now.''
The idea behind it was that people with cancer faced an
impossibly steep climb in their life, as climbing Everest
So far, the team had raised $1210 and hoped to reach its
target of $1500.
Details of the challenge can be found on the society's