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 Airport Marathon
Join us in celebrating the 40th edition of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on 30 June – 1 July 2018 in one of the most...
29th of June 2018 08:00 PM
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...
30th of June 2017 09:00 PM
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 ...
26th of March 2017 01:00 AM
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...
8th of March 2017 11:00 AM Link
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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 10:55 PM Link
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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...

http://heartsacrossaustralia.com/australia-day-ultra-2017/
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 πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ
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23rd of January 2017 02:24 PM Link
22nd of January 2017 05:23 AM Link
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20th of January 2017 01:55 PM Link
And here's Wheelsie! Getting ready with about 1 hour to registration and 2 hours to race start #HAA2017 #ADU2017 #UltraLife #LetsGoHoka #TimeToFly
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20th of January 2017 01:46 PM Link
Dale doing some last minute carb loading.... Wheelsie is around somewhere, but so far has managed to avoid the camera... #HAA2017 #ADU2017 #UltraLife #LetsGoHoka #TimeToFly
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20th of January 2017 01:00 PM Link
3 hours to go....
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20th of January 2017 12:25 PM Link
Broken running thong hack - use a bread tag... Dale-Lyn says it needs to be the flexible type of bread tag, and you get about 25km per tag. Yup, she's doing 100km with those...
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20th of January 2017 03:33 AM Link
little bit happy to take delivery of this today... #TeamHAA #HAA2017 #ADU2017 #100k #LetsGoHoka #TimeToFly
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20th of January 2017 03:30 AM Link
preparations for #ADU2017 100km continue. when you're a relatively slow back of the pack runner, you've got to have your nutrition sorted for a longer period of time. In this case up to 15 hours. First two bladders prepared and plenty of tailwind flavour variety for the refills! All you need all day. #TeamHAA #haa2017 #ultralife #letsgohoka #TimeToFly
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19th of January 2017 02:32 PM Link
almost as much kit as I took on the road? not going to be under-prepared this time. 32 weeks of training, gear packed, marquee ready for deployment as HAA base camp, and mind focused on the task in hand with a clear race plan. just have to do it now. 25.5 hours to go... #HAA2017 #ADU2017 #100km #ultralife #TeamHAA #LetsGoHoka #TimeToFly @hokaoneoneaustralia @tailwindnutritionaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia @heartfoundationwalking
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18th of January 2017 03:20 PM Link
It may not come as much of a surprise to find out that here at HAA, we LOVE a crazy challenge and a crazy adventurer....

Perth-based ultra legend Bernadette Benson is about to start an epic North American adventure....
#AdventureOClock #crazyb #canadian #aussie #legend
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18th of January 2017 10:47 AM Link
Who would be interested in this as the HAA main group event for 2018?

This looks absolutely amazing.....
17th of January 2017 12:37 AM Link
Well there's just a handful of sleeps to go before this year's running of the Australia Day Ultra. For me personally it's been 32 weeks in the making, over 1500km of running, and a number of highs and lows. This past week I've been fighting off a throat infection of some kind, which has made the taper period a little more "interesting" lol

Looking forward to setting up a little HAA base camp on Friday, which will act as a support base for myself, Wheelsie and fellow crazy guy Dale - all 3 of us in the 100km event.

To track our progress you can use this link:

#0_7B6BAD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://my6.raceresult.com/56301/results?lang=e #0_7B6BAD
Bib numbers are:

Gary - 1017
Wheelsie - 1030
Dale - 1037

As members of HAA and the parkrun Australia community, it would make us very happy if you wanted to show your support by making a small donation to #defibs4parkrun
https://asf.org.au/communities/parkrun/defibs-4-parkrun-australia/
We hope to bring you photos and updates as the excitement builds.... watch this space!
#HAA2017 #ADU2017 #GCAM2017
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16th of January 2017 12:08 PM
No promises, but did anyone fail the London Marathon ballot for April this year and would be interested if another option were available? One possible place (needs confirming) and and a decision would need to be made quite quickly... you must be living in Australia....
5th of January 2017 01:27 PM Link
One of the key things we want to roll out this year is the concept of HAA membership, after all we have now incorporated as a not-for-profit membership-based association, so it only makes sense to get some members on board, right?

Over time there will undoubtedly be more sophisticated options, but we are going to start this really easily and simply. Because I like easy and I am simple 😜

To become a fully fledged #HAAmigo (ie member of HAA), you just need to do one thing; join (or renew) Run Down Under and select Hearts Across Australia as your primary club on there.

http://www.rundownunder.com.au/membership
Why are we going down this route? Well there are several reasons, the main ones being:

RDU is already geared up for sign ups and payments and providing a club structure that you can join

Also RDU is something we strongly advocate and support as a brilliant and fun way of tracking your kms...

Finally, RDU will make it easier to keep track of your progress during challenges, as well as fitting in with our mission to promote walking, running and active lifestyles in general.

So head on over to http://www.rundownunder.com.au/membership right now and learn about all the benefits you get as an RDU member, and know that when you make HAA your primary club, part of your RDU subscription fee will make its way to a good cause 😊

More on memberships and HAA activities in general very soon, but for now, go sign up and enjoy the fun of running around Australia virtually 😊
#HAA2017 #Members #RunDownUnder #AwesomeSupporters
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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...
29th of January 2017 01:00 AM
3rd of January 2017 07:35 AM Link
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31st of December 2016 07:25 AM Link
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24th of December 2016 01:44 PM Link
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all followers, supporters, sponsors, partners, HAAmbassadors, runners and anyone who has in any way been involved in the continued success of HAA.

We look forward to returning in the New Year and continuing the mission to keep Australian hearts beating!

Thankyou all for your support.
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24th of December 2016 01:41 PM Link
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20th of December 2016 02:11 PM Link
Evening all, those of you who know a little about me will not be surprised to hear that the following news / announcement makes me very happy indeed - it's a convergence of a few different parts of my life, and something that HAA is very happy to stand behind, promote, encourage and support....

parkrun Australia is embarking on an ambitious project to outfit each parkrun event with a defibrillator.

These units cost $2000 each and with nearly 200 events in Australia, this is a major undertaking.

At Hearts Across Australia, we have made the "defib" cause a central theme of our fundraising and active lifestyle promotion, and we believe that this parkrun initiative will help ensure the availability of these units in communities across the country.

At my own parkrun (Canning River), for example, our plan is to obtain a defib unit and work with the council and other groups that use the park to provide a benefit to the broader community.

The money is being raised through the Australian Sports Foundation (https://asf.org.au/) and donations are tax-deductible. This is the best way for parkrun to raise the funds without a high overhead and is the best for those donating as it provides the tax-deductible status that parkrun can't.

You will start to see this initiative promoted by HAA as one of our main causes - our relationship with the Heart Foundation continues, and indeed parkrun AU has an ongoing partnership with Heart Foundation Walking, so you can see how this really does pull a number of threads together into one project!

Please consider making a donation at the following address, or use the search option to find a local parkrun if you want to have a direct impact on your own community!

https://asf.org.au/communities/parkrun/defibs-4-parkrun-australia/
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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
6th of December 2016 02:21 PM Link
Why not run for Hearts Across Australia at the 2017 Gold Coast Marathon. 10km, half marathon, or the full, you choose your distance!

Enter using this link - http://entergoldcoastmarathon.com.au
When asked if you are joining a team, click the option and enter the team name Hearts Across Australia, code HAA2017

Because this is our first year of operation and numbers are currently unknown, we have not opted for the deferred payment option (which requires a minimum of 20 members), which sadly means there is no 10% team discount, and individual runners need to pay on sign up rather than waiting for a single team payment early next year....

Team members will be given the option of fundraising, and also team singlets will be available to purchase, along with many other options coming to a Facebook page near you soon...

How many HAA runners will be see on the beautiful Gold Coast in July?
#GCAM2017 #HAA2017
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5th of December 2016 02:45 PM
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) 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 πŸ™‚

https://www.facebook.com/events/374307262910852/
5th of December 2016 09:19 AM Link
Are you ready?? 😊😜
20th of November 2016 07:06 AM Link
A typical Sunday afternoon, supporting a fundraiser for someone who is running from Melbourne to Perth. Starts Dec 10th this year - not sure he realises that it gets hot outside of Victoria 😜

Brettseverystep- Melbourne to Perth
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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
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