12th of February 2019 09:47 AM Link
So how many of you are doing this and what have you signed up for over the two months?

I think I nominated 100km, which will be a big ask I think lol

That said, parkrun alone should contribute 40km over the two months, so maybe not so outlandish after all.
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12th of February 2019 09:41 AM Link
Ruslan is almost done - actually he’s probably all finished by now... and to recover from his run across Australia, he’s going to run across New Zealand 😳
5th of February 2019 10:04 AM Link
This arrived in the mail today. Already on chapter 7. I stumbled on it recently - Deanna walked from Perth to Sydney, unsupported, in 1998... check out her website for more info https://www.radiantcoaching.com.au
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5th of February 2019 02:48 AM Link
12.5km at the @ultraserieswa #forestseries #leaningtuarts event. The first recorded kms towards the February and March goal for @ozvirtualracing @heartkids #virtualrun

Still time to sign up - it’s a great cause!
#haa #heartkids #virtualrun
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17th of January 2019 05:25 AM Link
Here everyone - this virtual run from Oz Virtual Events is for an extremely good cause. I was fortunate to meet a few Heart Kids parents during my time on the road, so I will definitely be signing up.

Who’s with me? 😊
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13th of January 2019 06:10 AM Link
Any HAA followers know this guy? Very cool

More info here - http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/05/15/4236612.htm
16th of September 2018 10:27 PM Link
one incredible moment, captured 3 years ago today. It’s impossible to describe how it felt that day, walking into Brisbane with friends and supporters, a goal set, planned for and achieved. We raised a good few dollars, met some amazing and wonderful people, encountered so many positive aspects of human nature... in many ways I’m still processing what it all meant, the long term impacts... and feeling the pull to freedom each time I see an open road... it was amazing, and I remain grateful to those who played there part in making it happen, and those who became part of the story as it all unfolded. #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #haa2015 #perth2brisbane #smallsteps2greatachievements @heartsacrossaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia @hokaoneoneaustralia @tailwindnutritionaustralia @usanainc @parkrunau
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4th of September 2018 11:55 AM Link
So who’s up for a cheeky little Marathon distance over the course of October? 42.2kms walked, jogged, sprinted or crawled... over a few hours or the whole month - it’s up to you!

To join the HAA team, register at https://www.mymarathon.com.au and specify Hearts Across Australia as your team 😊

or to donate, head to https://mymarathon2018.everydayhero.com/au/gary #HAA2018 #heartsacrossaustralia #mymarathonau
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30th of August 2018 12:39 PM Link
Hey peeps - check out the awesome Wayne McMurtie and his crazy 1500km adventure... Brisbane to Winton for a great cause!
30th of June 2018 11:15 PM Link
And she’s done! 2:58:17 - great work Caro. Now time to rest and refuel 😊😊
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30th of June 2018 10:58 PM Link
Keeping an eye on the race tracker for Caro Vos, running the half marathon event at Gold Coast - and flying the banner for HAA

Not long to go now!
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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!

7th of May 2018 12:54 AM
Something a little bit different...

I’ve been contacted by Alison Branley from the ABC, who is working, with ABC’s medical reporter Sophie Scott, on a piece about the cost of pacemakers in private hospitals.

They want to talk to anyone who had a St Jude (abbott) pacemaker inserted in a private hospital, so if is relevant to any of you, or anyone you know, then please contact Alison as below:

Alison Branley
Specialist Reporting Team

P +61 8333 3043

M +61 438 676 124

E Branley.alison@abc.net.au
25th of March 2018 08:49 PM Link
Are you ready to take your walking to the next level?

Join the Heart Foundation Walking One million steps challenge! You’ll have 20 weeks to walk towards one million steps, receiving recognition for each milestone you reach. Get to 1 million steps, or 100 group walks, and you could win an Auswalk walking holiday! To join you need to be a member of Heart Foundation Walking, either by being part of a group or as an individual. Register via the free Heart Foundation Walking app.
http://bit.ly/PMsOneMillionSteps #HeartFoundationWalking #WalkYourselfHappy #PMs1millionsteps
*Conditions apply. Ends 11/08/18. Open to AU residents 17+ via HFW App or Group. SA T18/111 ACT TP 18/00183
12th of March 2018 11:49 AM Link
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21st of February 2018 10:29 PM Link
As you know, I’m a big fan of defibs, and an even bigger fan of parkrun. If you’ve got a few dollars spare, there are worse things you could do than help this parkrun event raise the dollars needed to meet the startup requirement of having a defib 😊
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.

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 🙂
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 ...
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25th of January 2018 10:21 PM Link
I wish all friends, supporters and followers a happy, dignified and reflective Australia Day. This is a wonderful place to call home, and a country I feel very deeply connected to, especially since having the amazing opportunity to explore on foot. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, the people I’ve met here, and am very proud to call myself Australian.
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2nd of January 2018 11:16 PM Link
So who has some health, fitness and wellbeing goals for 2018? A great way to track your walking and running is on Run Down Under, a virtual run around the whole of Australia. With great visual tracking tools and a supportive community, RDU has been an awesome part of my running kit for a few years now. Be sure to sign up with Hearts Across Australia as your primary club, and start that virtual lap of Australia today!
28th of December 2017 02:17 PM Link
Our friends and long-term supporters at Runwest are relocating, and to mark the occasion they are offering some generous discounts. Muz at Runwest was one of the first people to get onboard with the crazy idea to cross the country on foot, introduced me to the Hoka Stinson Lite, donated shoes and socks in the lead up to it all, and was instrumental in gaining the support and backing of Hoka One One Australia.

Do yourself a favour and pick up some great shoes at a great price!

And if you're local, don't forget to take note of the new shop address!

All the best in the new shop, guys!

27th of December 2017 12:12 AM Link
If you're not part of this, then you probably should be 😊 a great way to track your kms and stay motivated. Sign up, make HAA your primary club and begin your virtual lap of Australia!
8th of December 2017 02:15 PM Link
Hi Everyone,

As you probably know, Hearts Across Australia is a huge supporter of the parkrun concept. Indeed, the journey from Perth to Brisbane started and ended with parkrun events, the three #HAAmigos took part in parkruns in all the capital cities (plus Kalgoorlie) along the way, and we received MASSIVE support, encouragement and friendship from parkrunners across the whole of Australia. I (Gary) also happen to be a parkrun Event Director and, more recently, Event Ambassador.

You probably also know that Hearts Across Australia advocates for better lifestyle choices, active lifestyles, the benefits of being active, and encouraging people to work towards better heart health, better overall health, and better mental wellbeing.

You also probably know that our charity focus has been the Heart Foundation, raising money and awareness and also exploring ways to raise money for defibs in the community.

Finally, you may be aware that parkrun Australia has been actively working towards having an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at every parkrun event, and for new events to have an AED from launch.

So put this all together and what have you got?

Well, I will tell you.... we are currently working towards having an #HAA team at the 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, with 20+ runners taking part in events across the entire weekend over different distances. Being part of this team will allow you to register no and pay later, receive a discount on your entry (as long as we hit 20+ members) and also comes with ZERO charity fundraising requirement / commitment.

However, we WILL have an optional charity focus that team members are encouraged to promote if they so desire, and that charity will be #defibs4parkrun the #parkrun initiative, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation, to raise funds to provide defibs to all parkrun events in Australia.

The fund-raising website currently shows considerable progress towards the goal, and through #HAA2018 we want to help close the $145k gap that currently exists.

parkrun is an amazing concept, an awesome global phenomenon, and is now even being "prescribed" / recommended by health care practitioners in the UK! The physical activity, the community spirit, the sense of belonging, the ability to volunteer and be part of it all... it all creates what has to be a perfect solution to many of society's physical and mental health issues...

parkrun has given so much to Hearts Across Australia, be part of our team for #GCM18 and help us to give back to parkrun!

Register at https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/enter/
Select Hearts Across Australia as your team, using the PIN code of HAA to confirm

And if you wish to promote the #defibs4parkrun cause, simply point people to this location:

See you on the Gold Coast!
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5th of December 2017 10:00 AM Link
Well I’m in - who’s coming with me? 😊

Team - Hearts Across Australia
#GCM18 #HAA2018
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4th of December 2017 09:44 PM Link
Today’s the day that Gold Coast Marathon registrations open! Who’s excited?

Join the Hearts Across Australia team (pin HAA) for deferred payment, 10% discount and be part of the 40th GCM

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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
31st of October 2017 05:58 AM Link
Nice bling for those who want to head to the Gold Coast next year.... #HAA2018 😊😜
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17th of October 2017 07:05 PM Link
I am absolutely thrilled, humbled, excited and pinching myself as today I am able to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the baton bearers in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

As the baton makes its way to the Gold Coast, I’ll have the honour of carrying the baton as it goes through South Perth on February 24th next year.

All I can say is “wow”. When I started on this journey to lose weight, get fit and run a marathon, little did I know I would end up crossing the country on foot, taking part in the World Masters Games, and now this.

Thank you everyone for your support and the part you’ve played in all of this, and a special thanks to those who nominated me for this incredible honour!
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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!

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...
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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...
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26th of September 2017 01:42 PM Link
This one slipped under the radar - amazing man, amazing journey, and he's nearly done!

Eastern states peeps you might like to check out the details!
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 ...
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11th of September 2017 04:37 PM Link
quick shout-out to Ols and best wishes as you recover from your motorbike accident and subsequent operations. great to see you walking in the video you posted the other day - any excuse to get out of doing that marathon eh?
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31st of August 2017 11:37 AM Link
1300km on the open road. Go Kirrily!
27th of July 2017 11:23 PM Link
Awesome initiative from the Heart Foundation - if you don't feel ready to tackle 42.2km in one go, then you can do it at your own pace, in your own time. Walk, run, crawl... whatever suits you best!
#HeartsAcrossAustralia #MyMarathonAU
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 ...
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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...
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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!
25th of April 2017 10:04 AM
25th of April 2017 12:00 AM Link
So Richie Callander of EON Sports Radio has made a bet that if the Bulldogs make the NRL finals then he will walk from Sydney to Melbourne, for charity.

We reckon he should do it anyway 😊 maybe he can time it to arrive in Melbourne at the same time as Wheelsie 😊
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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 ...
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13th of March 2017 01:49 PM
A HUGE thank you and a large slice of feeling humble due to HAA supporter and parkrun stalwart, Renee Russell putting my name forward as a GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer nomination...
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7th of March 2017 02:31 PM Link
Ok gang, it's been a bit quiet around here for a while, but that's all about to change - and there are two reasons for this. Firstly we are going to start talking about Gold Coast and Perth marathons, which are now 4-5 months away and should be on your radar for training etc.

Secondly because of Wheelsie and his dream to push from Perth to Melbourne. This will commence May 2018, and will broadly follow the route I took in 2015. If you look at the map of Australia attached to this post, it's the first 4 hearts - a huge distance for anyone, let alone in a standard wheelchair!

Wheelsie's plan is to travel around 300km per week, resting every 7th day. I'm sure there will be variations to this, but we will shortly start posting the overall itinerary and talking details such as funding for the journey, support crew requirements and so on.

I am so excited to play a part in making this dream true - it will be a truly life-changing experience for Wheelsie and another significant milestone for Hearts Across Australia'

Watch this space....
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25th of January 2017 02:20 PM Link
if you missed his recap before, Wheelsie's thoughts on Australia Day Ultra 2017 are now on the blog...

23rd of January 2017 02:43 PM Link
Australia Day Ultra 100km in his own words.... Wheelsie, you legend!

This Saturday the 21 of January, I took part in the 100km Australia Day Ultra Marathon down in Australind. I have said the same thing for my last four events,that this has to be my favourite or one of them, and every time I go to another they just keep getting better. Although this event is going to be hard to top. I knew it was going to be a great day from the amount of fun I had at the 6 hour Light Horse Ultra, I loved it so much as soon as I got home I registered for this one too. I was pretty confident that I was capable of finishing as I had ran most on road marathons and half maras besides the ones way up north and the ones further south than Busselton. The light horse ultra had to be done on my mountain tyres due the little sections of grassy and sandy patches witch over six hours added up, they are heavy pushing even on the smooth pavement. I managed to cover 48.5 kms over the six hours and thought well I can cover that distance on big wheels and sand surely if I put the marathon tyres on and I had 15 hours then theoretically I should be able to manage it as long as my health didn't waste over Christmas and new year from being too festive and not keeping my fitness levels by not being active enough.
I must be honest here, most of the time from before Christmas and building up to around the 12th I was stressing myself to pieces as I had talked with friends that I was going to do it, I even went out of my way to catch up with family who hadn't seen in years' as I had been embarrassed and ashamed of my past especially as I made a fool of myself in front off my whole extended family. When I called in for my visit I proudly told them about my new found love of running marathons while showing them my medals and telling them all of my next upcoming event, the biggest of my career to date the 100 km ultra on Australia Day and as well as me pushing from Perth to Melbourne as only a few of my relatives had heard of me claiming I was wanting and going to do it. ( I told them how I came up with the idea on the spot as I announced it when the presenter ran up with a megaphone asking how good It made me feel. In gloster park as soon as I finished run for a reason 21.1 km and how I went straight to Melbourne where I met a guy and mentioned I was determined to push from one side of Australia to the other I guess I expecting this guy to think I was a looney. But instead of being shot to pieces this man named Michael perner told me it was a great idea I told him that I really wanted to help raise a bit of funding so my aunt could have a car that wouldn't conk out on her while her kids were in it when she needed it most.
He told me how he had just help organise ride for youth and how they did a lot of fundraising for youth and kids with disabilities and how if I was serious enough to approach an organisation that would be interested in my fundraising goal, but before that to actually go and run a marathon and start racking a few up, cause let's face it I had never even ran one before and here I was talking of running across the continent. He told me that I needed to find someone to at least be able to give me a bit of advice on what I need to prepare myself with and what it's going to be like. He didn't know any ultra runners but gave me the details of a man who rode his bike across America from east to west and also south to north while raising money for homeless people without any support. I never contacted him though I never actually really thought I'd get anywhere with it, I also thought if your going to do it without support that there wasn't much to it.
So I came back to Perth and the next thing I remember was seeing Gary Wilmot on the news and he was doing exactly what I had been telling people that, that was what I wanted to do and that he was running all the way to Brisbane. i had even already told a few friends about what an adventure it would be but im not sure if they shared the same views on how fun it would be, they encouraged me but, and i was with one of them when his inspiring story came on tv, i couldn't believe it just when i thought that mabe i should get grip on reality and strive only for something that is actually achievable my friend turned to me and said when he gets back track that man down and mabe he might be able to tell you how to go about it and exactly what it takes. I couldn't believe what i was hearing i thought everyone was laughing at me and it was the best words of encouragement iv eva had, time passed and it wasn't until early April as hbf was approaching again and that I remembered about the fun I had at city to surf as well, where Id met some really nice people who also encouraged my big push and I was given Gary Wilmots details by other fellow runners but he was still out of contact as he still hadn't finished his amazing adventure. I remembered where I'd put his details checked his website and found out he would be in the finishing area after the event where I was even able to find him and tell him about my crazy idea. He thought it was a great idea and even gave me a huge hug and even offered to be my mentor if I wanted I couldn't believe it and all I had to do was go down to parkrun as he is a director there and we could discuss it further. He also inspired me to do the Perth marathon for my first and soon after he suggested the goldfields pipeline marathon and that if I managed that one without too much trouble that maybe I might have shot at my dream of pushing to Melbourne and that it may be possible. Just before I left for Kalgoorlie he made me an #HAA ambassador when I didn't even think I was worthy, it was such a huge honour for me. As well as a announcing that it was going to happen.
After reading all my recaps to my family and showing them my posts and commemoratives and explaining about Gary and hearts across Australia, I no longer felt embarrassed or ashamed of myself, I had to hold back tears as my uncle and aunt said said that they were really proud of what I had done to try and change my life one step at a time and how I come a long way over the last six years where I made a complete fool of myself in front of my whole family at a reunion as I had hit rock bottom. I told them that I had never been so ashamed, the person i upset most was my uncle that I really looked up too, it was his big night his 60th birthday and I will never forget the look of disappointment on his face he was really let down I could see it in his eyes and never wanted to hurt anyone like that eva again. This was the moment I realised I needed to change.
I have since been in contact with him too to apologise for the past and he too is proud of me giving up the drugs and deciding to make a change, as well as my running achievements, he told me he had been following my journey on Facebook I found out as it was while I was training for the world masters when I spoke to him for the first time since his birthday many years beforehand, I sent him a picture of me in my Australian uniform and told him that I wanted to try to make up for letting everyone down in the past he was the main reason. I thought that the way I'd let them all down that there would be no recovering from. I had always been distant from my extended family and I must say I greatly underestimated them as they are no way as judgmental as I thought, they just didn't agree with what I was doing to myself,and with drugs I stayed away as I just didn't have much in common. I missed a lot of moments we could have had together, because I had this stupid mentality. I'm extremely lucky that I have a really forgiving and understanding family and after talking for ages and making up for lost time and feeling the love again as I departed they told me to take care of myself and that I didn't have to try kill myself pushing across Australia in order to win approval from anyone and no matter what to take care of myself.)
I ran laps all over Melbourne and everywhere I went even attending three parkruns over Christmas and new year. On Christmas Day I was really worried as it was announced on the weather it would be 36degress and I was convinced that the weather would be close to 40 come event day. I was in an area that had miles of clay and it was really about forty so I had it in my head it would be even hotter. I also thought it was inland more (I haven't done much traveling in wa) and that there would be no sea breeze and that the conditions would be like Rottnest island with bitumen road and no shade. It would latter turn out to be nothing what I had imagined I looked at the adu pictures from last year saw the coast and that we were shaded from the wind and sun then Harmony Jean Waite announced that the weather was only going to be 30 degrees.
A few days latter I read a post that Kevin Mathews shared about weather you should taper. I found it extremely comforting and informative, you can read about it here http://www.runbkrun.com/2017/…/13/do-you-taper-for-an-ultra/ and how as long as you have put the training in that there's really not much that will make a difference except for hydration,diet and a good frame of mind. And that we need to remember why we were there in the first place and that was to have a great time, first things first don't stress because it doesn't solve anything so just enjoy the moment so that was my plan witch really worked well for me here's what happened!
So the plan was that #HAA would be going down and taking part in the ultra 100 as a team and as it was a fifteen hour event. The race started at midnight so that most entrants would be finnished by the time it got to hot and people didn't drop from sunstroke/ heat exhaustion. I had never been in an event where runners ran at nighttime before although trail runners do it all the time,but most of the night run paths are not suitable for wheelchairs.
The #HAA team were really well organised with a great plan as well as a great setup for base camp. It was arranged for me to be picked up from home by Jocques on Friday afternoon around five pm we picked up Dale along the way about seven so we had arrived by nine, set the awning up Gary had already set up his awning and was looking relaxed when we got to here, nso it was just a matter of making sure everything was organised for when we had to start ie; water ready energy gels food for if we got hungry clean dry clothes to change into for when I got drenched in sweat and to make sure my lights were set up correctly as not to cause me problems along the way. I tried to get a bit of rest on the way up as well as after we set up before the start, but it just didn't happen.
So the safety requirements of running at nighttime is that you must be wearing night time hi vis vests and have a torch or a headlamp, I loved the fact that we were running at night because it made things really interesting. Everyone looked great lit up with their vests hi lighted so brightly and we were running along an old bitumen track where in some spots the trees had almost reclaimed it overhanging the road a lot of the way and while it was dark it had lots of creepy character. The road wasn't rough the whole way there were long sections that were very smooth from resurfacing but it still had overhanging trees everywhere. The hi vis worked so well that I could see the other competitors for almost as far as the eye could see.
The course was twelve and a half kms long with aid/water stations at 3km midway point, 6.25 km turnaround point and also at 9.25 kms midway back. So the course was a 12.5 km loop witch ment if we're doing the full 100km it would be 8 laps so we have our debriefing meeting before getting ready to go and starting the run where we were told about these stuffed kookaburras hidden along the the way and that we had to scout them out but couldn't pick them up until 4 oclock, 1 hour after the 50 km entrants had started as to give the a chance to find them as well. I'm sure I must have wasted at least forty mins over the course from slowing down looking for them and at 3.45 I found two, one and another one straight away, each kookaburra was worth an extra five points on your score so they were worth finding but as I picked up the second one I asked roger millet A fellow runner whom I ran with for a good stretch the the man that was nice enough to drive me to light horse ultra, if we could grab them yet thinking it was alright. I wasn't wearing a watch and he replied fifteen minutes to go, so I threw them back in the scrub so I wasn't being unfair on the others hoping to be inconspicuous but some other lucky runner either watched me hoik em back in or found them before I could make my way back again. That's where I think I wasted most my time by trying to find more, I think they there put out there deliberately to distract people from focusing on running fast where if I had of just pushed a bit faster and not worried about finding them I know I could have managed a sub 12 that was my absolute dream time, I was wanting 13h hoping for 12.5h but secretly wanting 12 h It might seem like I say that like it must have been an easy run and before I did it my confidence was really high and I thought with the conditions being what I thought was petrfect for it. I had it in my head that it wasn't going to be hard. But it was by no means easy. Next time I get told to respect the distance I'm going to.I really struggled on the last two laps and if I had to have completed 1 more lap I don't think I would have made it. Not even with the amount of time left.
I'd really like to congratulate Ron, Shawn as well as all the other people that made this happen, a fifteen hour event is no little feat it's not something you just go out and get it over and done with then go home. After the 50 km runners were finished there weren't a great deal of people still out there besides the volunteers Manning the aid stations and I'd just like to say that you guys are awesome as it was many hours latter before the last came in. Thank you's for your time and an incredible event that il never forget for the rest of my life. The honorary trophy is amazing too and I was so overwhelmed when everyone applauded me the way they did. I didn't think I was going to get as big as response as I did, thank you to every one that were there as Well you all make me feel like a champion when really I'm not. I'm just average,the same as most other people doing the same event. Maybe next time I don't need a winners trophy it just doesn't seem fair when you are the only one in your category.
It was a really beautiful location to be at. My first time in Australind The best time I have had to date on any event 👍👌
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