20th of June 2018 10:24 PM Link
not long to go now before the 40th running of this fantastic event. The #HAA representation may be down to a single runner, due to various circumstances, however we wish Caro Vos all the best, hope you enjoy the taper and have a great event! @gcmarathon #HAA2018 #defibs4parkrun https://asf.org.au/communities/parkrun/defibs-4-parkrun-australia/
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16th of June 2018 11:47 AM Link
This happened at an Australian parkrun event today - in short, it shows exactly why defibs are a vital piece of equipment, and why every parkrun should have one.

I have in mind a plan to use HAA to help provide new events with the 2k required for a defib. As a parkrun Event Ambassador, and seeking to be Event Director of a new event local to me, I know it can be a significant barrier to overcome.

In the interim, while I figure that out, I invite all of you to continue to support HAA, and parkrun, by contributing to the existing defib fundraiser - link below!

https://asf.org.au/communities/parkrun/defibs-4-parkrun-australia/
26th of January 2018 12:10 PM Link
Are you still sitting on the fence about the Gold Coast Marathon 2018? With full marathon, half marathon and 10km race options to choose from, there really is something to entice everyone to what will be a great celebration of the festival's 40th year.

Sign up as part of the Hearts Across Australia team and you won't even need to pay right now - group payment is made in a couple of months from now.

We will be encouraging HAA team members to promote the #defibs4parkrun fundraiser, helping parkrun Australia achieve its goal of providing a defib to each parkrun event across the country.

https://asf.org.au/communities/parkrun/defibs-4-parkrun-australia/
In addition to the race day itself, the plan will be to converge at one of the Gold Coast parkrun events on the Saturday morning, and perhaps a group of us heading to the expo (after post-parkrun brekkie of course!)

It's going to be an amazing weekend, a wonderful event, a glorious location, and a chance to bump into many familiar faces from Facebookland!

ENTER today at http://entergoldcoastmarathon.com.au, and select Hearts Across Australia as your team. The team code you will need is HAA....

Go on, be a GCM #HAAmigo you know it makes sense πŸ™‚
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1409381992505459/
Team HAA - Gold Coast Marathon 2018
Be part of one of the best running weekends in Australia. Whether it's marathon, half marathon, or 10km that grabs your ...
29th of June 2018 10:00 AM
5th of December 2017 10:00 AM Link
Well I’m in - who’s coming with me? 😊

https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/enter/
Team - Hearts Across Australia
PIN - HAA
#GCM18 #HAA2018
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4th of December 2017 02:00 PM Link
#GCM18 entries open tomorrow. Don’t forget to sign up as part of the Hearts Across Australia team, for 10% discount, deferred payment and a chance to be part of the GCM 40th festivities.
Team code is HAA
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28th of November 2017 11:22 AM Link
Be part of one of the best running weekends in Australia. Whether it's marathon, half marathon, or 10km that grabs your attention, be part of the HAA team as we take part in the 40th running of this awesome event.
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1409381992505459/
Team HAA - Gold Coast Marathon 2018
Be part of one of the best running weekends in Australia. Whether it's marathon, half marathon, or 10km that grabs your ...
29th of June 2018 10:00 AM
12th of October 2017 01:03 PM Link
If you're at a loose end this Saturday morning and you happen to be in the Perth area, why not go and run a few kms with David?

4 marathons in October for MyMarathon Australia - awesome stuff!

https://www.facebook.com/events/178282159410730/?ti=icl
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/178282159410730/
Marathon 2 - What did I sign up for?!
No 2. of 4 - Hay guys, as some of you know I've started running a lot!! Haha i found a passion in running long distances...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
10th of October 2017 12:23 AM Link
One crazy guy with a passion for running and raising awareness (and money) for the Heart Foundation - 4 marathons in October... what more do you need to know? Show some HAA love!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/178282159410730/
Marathon 2 - What did I sign up for?!
No 2. of 4 - Hay guys, as some of you know I've started running a lot!! Haha i found a passion in running long distances...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
15th of September 2017 10:05 PM Link
So who's in? Team HAA? Let us know and we'll get things a bit more organised this time 😜

Will be a fantastic 40th "birthday" celebration 😊
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1493657000673509/
2018 Gold Coast Marathon
Celebrate the special 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon and run for the good times on Saturday 30 June – Sunday ...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
14th of July 2017 01:16 PM Link
12 months notice on this one. Will create an HAA event for this and aim to have a few of us there for the 40th GC marathon! #GCAM18 #HAA2018
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1493657000673509/
2018 Gold Coast Marathon
Celebrate the special 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon and run for the good times on Saturday 30 June – Sunday ...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
13th of June 2017 02:02 AM Link
Join us for a spot of parkrun tourism at Varsity Lakes, coffee/breaky, a casual stroll around the marathon expo.... catch up with Varsity Lakes parkrun ED, Renee, who was at South Bank the day we arrived in Brisbane in 2015!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1445116982215051/
GCAM parkrun, breaky and expo
Join us for a spot of parkrun tourism at Varsity Lakes, coffee/breaky, a casual stroll around the marathon expo.... catc...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
15th of May 2017 09:04 PM Link
How's this for different? Luke is walking from Fremantle to Melbourne Fed Square, wearing thongs!!

I had the pleasure of chatting to Luke recently and wish him all the very best for what will be an awesome personal adventure!

Go you crazy thing!
24th of April 2017 06:53 AM Link
Who else is coming???
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15th of March 2017 03:15 PM Link
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace along the Swan River, then meet up around 9am for a coffee and chat with the HAA crew!

In fact, why not join the Masters Athletics WA "3 Ps" run, with 5k, 8k and 16k options starting at 7:30am. Just $5 for visitors and free for MAWA members - http://mastersathleticswa.org/events/event/3-ps-16k8k5k-8am-16k-walk-730am/
In any case, it's a great excuse to get out there with some training, pre-training activity, or just because, and an opportunity to talk Perth and Gold Coast marathons 2017, personal running goals and a general chinwag with like-minded people!

Whether you're a speed demon or a card-carrying member of the back of the pack club, everyone is welcome!

See you at the Zamia Cafe at 9am AFTER we have run or walked, and maybe even some high 5s as we cross paths around the area!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1223409977707184/
HAA Group Run, Coffee and Chat
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace along the Swan River, then meet up around 9am for a coffee and chat with ...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
4th of January 2017 11:03 PM Link
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Kings Park, then meet up around 9am for a coffee and chat with the HAA crew!

In fact, why not join the Masters Athletics WA "Friendship Run", with a 5k and 10k option starting at 7am. Just $5 for visitors and free for MAWA members - https://www.facebook.com/events/1383756654989691??ti=ia

In any case, it's a great excuse to get out there with some training, pre-training activity, or just because, and an opportunity to talk Perth and Gold Coast marathons 2017, personal running goals and a general chinwag with like-minded people!

Whether you're a speed demon or a card-carrying member of the back of the pack club, everyone is welcome!

See you at the Zamia Cafe at 9am AFTER we have run or walked, and maybe even some high 5s as we cross paths around the area!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1777415382510502/
HAA Group Run, Coffee and Chat
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Kings Park, then meet up around 9am for a coffee and...
1st of January 1970 12:00 AM
6th of December 2016 02:30 PM Link
Now as you may know, we've started having a bit of a run or walk-focused get-together towards the end of each month, with the final Sunday of the month being an emerging pattern... basically it's a clever way of arranging a coffee / breakfast meet-up and give people the chance to get a run or walk in beforehand, suited to their choice of distance and pace...

The final Sunday of December is Christmas Day, which is unlikely to be popular for many... so for our December HAA Gathering, I'd like to invite people to come and run around the Canning River area (or anywhere you like really) on Christmas Eve morning and/or enjoy a 5km free timed parkrun THEN join a post-run cake and coffee celebration as it will be my (Gary's) 100th parkrun
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/374307262910852/
HAA Gathering / A Christmas Century
Twas the day before Christmas And around Kent St Weir There were people doing parkrun Full of festive cheer Among that ...
24th of December 2016 12:00 AM
6th of December 2016 02:27 PM Link
Twas the day before Christmas
And around Kent St Weir
There were people doing parkrun
Full of festive cheer

Among that group,
And I make no mistake
Was Gary running his 100th
Then celebrating with cake

So come runners!
Come walkers!
Come vollies and all!
A milestone run for Christmas
For a bloke that is quite tall....
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/374307262910852/
HAA Gathering / A Christmas Century
Twas the day before Christmas And around Kent St Weir There were people doing parkrun Full of festive cheer Among that ...
24th of December 2016 12:00 AM
18th of November 2016 10:57 AM Link
That moment when an idea becomes an incorporated association...
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16th of November 2016 10:21 AM Link
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16th of November 2016 10:20 AM Link
was good to share some of the HAA story with a Heart Foundation Walking group in Prospect, SA this morning, then as part of a Q&A session at the Heart Foundation offices in Adelaide. Thanks to Tuesday and Jess for making it happen, and really good catching up with Nikki who did so much for us media-wise last year
#HAA #MoveMoreSitLess
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12th of November 2016 09:04 AM Link
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5th of November 2016 09:29 AM Link
So the idea is to try and make this a monthly thing - regular so that people can dip in and out of it, but not so often that it conflicts with other running opportunities and events.

Generally speaking the last Sunday of the month is as good a "rule' to start with as any. No doubt there will be changes and adjustments to that over time!

See you there for our 2nd gathering maybe???
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/351129071896257/
HAA Group Run, Coffee and Chat
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Herdsman Lake (and/or nearby Lake Monger), then meet...
27th of November 2016 01:00 AM
5th of November 2016 09:06 AM Link
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Herdsman Lake (and/or nearby Lake Monger), then meet up for a coffee and chat with the HAA crew!

An excuse to get out there with some training, pre-training activity, or just because, and an opportunity to talk Perth and Gold Coast marathons 2017, personal running goals and a general chinwag with like-minded people!

Whether you're a speed demon or a card-carrying member of the back of the pack club, everyone is welcome!

See you at the Pearfect Pantry at 9am, and maybe even some high 5s as we cross paths around the area!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/351129071896257/
HAA Group Run, Coffee and Chat
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Herdsman Lake (and/or nearby Lake Monger), then meet...
27th of November 2016 01:00 AM
31st of October 2016 01:42 PM Link
So close to reaching the first "k" milestone. If you haven't done so already, please read about this amazing man's incredible desire to help his Aunt, not to mention the amazing challenge he is planning for 2018.

And please share, tell your friends, chip in some $$$s and help Wheelsie say "thank you" to his Aunt...
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25th of October 2016 10:17 AM Link
Guess where we are 😊
24th of October 2016 12:41 AM Link
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Swan River, then meet up for a coffee and chat with the HAA crew!

An excuse to get out there with some training, pre-training activity, or just because, and an opportunity to talk Gold Coast 2017, personal running goals and a general chinwag with like-minded people!

Whether you're a speed demon or a card-carrying member of the back of the pack club, everyone is welcome!

See you at the Boatshed Cafe at 9am, and maybe even some high 5s as we cross paths out along the river οΏ½
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/354713151532454/
HAA Group Run, Coffee and Chat
Run or walk your own distance at your own pace around the beautiful Swan River, then meet up for a coffee and chat with ...
30th of October 2016 01:00 AM
20th of October 2016 02:20 PM Link
Good evening, I hope you are sitting comfortably and can spare a few minutes to read this. It's sort of Hearts Across Australia related, but at the same time it's a little bit different....

As you may know by now, Chris "Wheelsie" Keillor approached me back in May, wanting to go from Perth to Melbourne in his wheelchair, a standard wheelchair... he had been inspired by our Perth->Brisbane adventures last year, and was in need of guidance and mentoring.

I am incredibly proud to have Chris as an #HAAmbassador and he has been inspiring runners in Perth and beyond with gritty performances in marathons and other distances.

He has moments of doubt, that's not surprising at all, the type of thing he has set himself as a goal is amazing. It's the sort of thing that the vast majority of people will never do, the sort of thing that most people might dream of but never dare say out loud that they will do it....

Make no mistake - Wheelsie is going to inspire so many people when he achieves his big dream in 2018.... but there is something that I want to share with you now, something a little more personal for Chris, and a story that I cannot truly comprehend. A story of family, of a woman who means so much to Chris, and without whom he may not have known what family truly is.

As well as wanting to fly the HAA flag, and do amazing things, raising awareness and raising money for defibs and Heart Foundation, Chris wants to repay the kindness that he believes enables him to be even thinking about doing these things.

Chris wants to raise some much-needed money to buy his Aunt a car. Typical of the humility of the guy, he was looking for a few thousand for a second hand vehicle. The crowd funding page currently is set at $10,000 because I believe we can do so much better, and help Chris repay his Aunt in the style that is truly deserved.

The story on the crowd funding page is written by Chris, it takes him a very long time (several days) to write these things. In Chris' own words "'I'm not a natural writer, the whole time I was in high school I never handed in a single assignment and I failed year 8, I always had concentration problems and was always getting in trouble for distracting the rest of class some teachers even banned me from coming to class, so instead I helped the the groundskeeper maintain the schoolyard till I left in year 9 around Easter time"

I have put the whole of Chris' story on the crowd funding page, unedited. It's got grammatical errors, it's got spelling mistakes. And you know what else it has? Heart, emotion and sheer bloody generosity of spirit that comes from the big man in the chair.

If you read it and are unmoved then I suggest you check for a pulse. If you read it and feel moved to help, share, donate and if you happen to know a car yard owner with charitable and noble ambitions, let them know that with a very simple act, they can help Wheelsie do something absolutely amazing for his family.

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/139824/wheels-for-wheelsies-aunt
please note: currently this account is linked to my PayPal account, this is to enable us to collect money right now - as with donations for HAA that have been made the same way in the past, every cent will be passed on to the cause!!
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20th of October 2016 01:13 PM Link
Little bit delayed, but finally have Wheelsie's race recap from Busso 2016 online:

http://heartsacrossaustralia.com/busselton-spring-running-festival-2016/ #HAAmbassador #Wheelsie #HAA2018
19th of October 2016 10:50 PM Link
Now I know this is unusual, me posting a fundraising link relating to running, but a certain mini-me is doing a "lap-a-thon" at his primary school tomorrow and would REALLY appreciate a few dollars from those who can spare it 😊

https://australianfundraising.gofundraise.com.au/page/kianwilmot
Thankyou!
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10th of October 2016 01:37 PM Link
a picture says a thousand words...
#HAAmbassador #Wheelsie #FreoHalf #ThousandWords
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9th of October 2016 02:33 AM Link
Well done Wheelsie! Another day, another piece of distance running bling!
#FreoHalf #HAAmbassador #Wheelsie
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23rd of September 2016 01:51 PM Link
Got this little beauty in the post yesterday - hopefully those who took part in the challenge will have received theirs, or be about to shortly.

Awesome quality and great looking medals - many thanks to Alicia at Oz Virtual Racing for her awesome efforts on that side of things!
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18th of September 2016 11:33 PM Link
And that was that. A final 5km at South Bank parkrun to officially end the adventure; one that took us 5400km or so, saw us take part in parkruns at Canning River, Kalgoorlie, Torrens (Adelaide), Albert Park (Melbourne), Gungahlin (Canberra), St Peters (Sydney) and South Bank (Brisbane).

So much love and support from friends, family, new friends made along the way and people in general!

Thankyou everyone for making #HAA2015 such a success, and helping us form the foundations of everything else yet to come!
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6th of September 2016 11:08 AM Link
So here's a thing... lately I've been taken on a wonderful trip down memory lane; all the people, events, the kindness and generosity, the sharing of moments and so much more...

without a single doubt, last year's adventure was awesome, amazing, once in a lifetime and truly beyond any words to fully describe... however...

it's done, it's part of the HAA history, and it's part of my personal story, but it's done. and in life, we need to hold on to wonderful experiences, take lessons and growth when they are offered to us, yet not get bogged down in the past. no resting on laurels or simply living on past glories because that is the road to stagnation.

while I will continue to reminisce, and you can be sure that the anniversary of our arrival in Brisbane will be mentioned, it is now time to put 99.99% of the focus on the future.

on that note, you can expect to hear a lot more about our #HAAmbassador "Wheelsie" in the coming weeks and months, along with our key focus points of Gold Coast Marathon 2017, our international marathon opportunities and a host of other exciting developments in HAA land.

Thank you all for being part of the story to date 😊
#HAA2018 #WheelsieAcrossAustralia
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6th of September 2016 07:24 AM Link
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29th of August 2016 02:09 PM Link
so with the anniversary of reaching Sydney occurring a few days ago, the HAA 101 Day Winter Challenge is officially over. That said, if you want to register, get your hands on some lovely bling, and give yourself added motivation to get out there and do a few kms, we're not going to complain πŸ™‚

it was a bit "loose" this year, so I apologise for that, and next year should be a little bit more "polished".

was also really nice to meet a couple of of challenge participants on Sunday, after City 2 Surf; Heath and Simone Watkins, who have completed 350km and 250km respectively. Was great to meet you guys, and thanks for the feedback about the challenge!

So how did you all go? Did it help you stay active over winter? πŸ™‚
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28th of August 2016 11:38 PM Link
Congratulations to Roger Hanney of Hoka OneOne Australia - 46 hours, 170km and about 10,000 metres of elevation - you're crazy but we love that kind of thing 😜

Looks like a good result for Hoka at UTMB more generally with the male and female winners both wearing marshmallow-like shoes - Ludovic Pommeret in 22:00:02 and Caroline Chaverot in 25:15:40
#AwesomeShoes #AwesomeSupporters #CrazyPeople
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28th of August 2016 09:39 PM Link
Wheelsie on his way to a 4:22 in yesterday's City 2 Surf marathon - and inspiring many along the way.

Great work mate and an awesome shirt πŸ˜‰
#HAAmbassador #Wheelsie #Perth2Melbourne #HAA2018
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28th of August 2016 11:16 AM Link
Congratulations to Maya of the WA Heart Foundation - she took part in today's Chevron City to Surf for Activ event and finished her first half marathon!

All set now for the upcoming Berlin marathon - go Maya!!
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25th of August 2016 11:48 PM Link
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21st of August 2016 11:55 AM Link
So Mel (ran for HAA in London and an active part of what we are putting together) heads to the Gold Coast for business and pleasure, orders an uber, and when her uber ride shows up, the driver is Markus of Run Forest Run!

Markus as you may recall has played a part with HAA in various ways; videoing me as I ran Gold Coast marathon, advising on my training, and even finding a massage therapist in Southern Cross!
#smallworld
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16th of August 2016 12:35 AM Link
A very happy birthday from Hearts Across Australia to our amazing #HAAmbassador Wheelsie!

Have a great day mate, maybe celebrate with a run 😜
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2nd of August 2016 02:26 PM Link
Fantastic Goldfields Pipeline marathon race recap by Wheelsie

Grant, Rhea and the rest of the crew, thanks so much for the part you played in this!

http://heartsacrossaustralia.com/goldfields-pipeline-marathon-2016/
2nd of August 2016 09:42 AM Link
If you don't have time to watch the lengthy video then here's a really easy to understand infographic I created earlier..... LOL
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2nd of August 2016 08:05 AM Link
bit of a long video, but after a few conversations recently, it became apparent that the big picture in my head has not necessarily been fully transmitted to everyone else.

so this is a bit of a brain dump to hopefully help explain where HAA is heading 😊
1st of August 2016 08:45 AM Link
Getting things in place slowly - we now have a dedicated section of the blog for the adventures of Wheelsie

We will share the posts here as well, but be sure to bookmark!

http://heartsacrossaustralia.com/category/wheelsie/
29th of July 2016 06:06 AM Link
Further to what we were talking about yesterday, regarding Gold Coast and Perth marathons - here's a brief welcome to "Club M", an online initiative that will help bring those marathon dreams to life!

http://youtu.be/XrwplWFY1uM
Join Club M on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1728347797419189/
28th of July 2016 02:11 PM Link
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28th of July 2016 08:06 AM Link
Who's inspired? Who harbours a secret or not-so-secret ambition to run a marathon? If not a marathon (yet?) maybe a half, or 10k or 5...

Hearts Across Australia is on a mission to make as many of those marathon dreams come true as possible. For next year's Gold Coast Marathon we will be registering an HAA team and over the coming months we will be working with those of you who are interested. It doesn't matter where you are right now, we will show you, guide you, mentor you, and provide support and accountability for your marathon journey....

Not able to make Gold Coast in July 2017? Then we are also going to field HAA teams and individuals in the Perth Marathon, just 2 weeks before.

For those running in #GCAM2017 there will be a chance to run Perth as part of an HAA relay team.

Take the first step today, get in touch, let us know you are interested, and join us as we continue our mission to change lives and inspire as many people as possible!
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