On Saturday 7 February David & I joined the Mt Gambier Park Run. The run course, given that it was across the top of the spectacular Blue Lake, was uphill most of the course. If you had the time, the view was gorgeous but best appreciated after the run.
Local runners, Peter and Dean welcomed us and invited us to join them at the local Metro Cafe for a chat and run diagnosis.
On Sunday 24 January 2015 David and I set off in our caravan to relive the Wheelbarrow Across Australia Run of six and half years ago. The plan this time was for David to run as many Park Runs as he could around Australia.
Unfortunately, in training, David’s right knee flared up, so he now going to do the Park Runs without the barrow.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia have again come on board and have supplied David with terrific running gear.
As of the 1st February, the journey was super easy compared to the weeks it took to get across back in 2008. While we again camped, this time we did it style in a new pop up van instead of the camper. Back then when we came to a roadhouse it was like heaven. Now the roadhouses look so ordinary in comparison despite recent renovations.
The start of a long journey continued with David’s fourth Park Run at Claisebrook in overcast and humid conditions Saturday 22 November. The run nearly didn’t end well, with David almost falling and thankfully for the trusty wheelbarrow handles he was able to brace his fall and was saved from an injury.
During the run Jo with headset on, listened to an interview with fellow Park Run participant, Gary Willmot by ABC presenter James Lush. We knew of Gary from the Canning River Park Run several weeks ago and learnt that he was going to walk/run from Perth to Brisbane in May.
In short, David managed to hear the tail end of the interview having finished the run earlier and made a quick call to Gary who then joined us for a chat. Gary couldn’t get his head around how we were able to hear his interview while running.
On Monday 3 November 2014 David and I set off from the Naturaliste Lighthouse heading south with 12 friends to walk 135kms to the Leewin Lighthouse, Augusta.
The scenery was awesome and very varied and ranged from beach sand, rocky outcrops, bush head high, lovely grassed and treed Ellenbrook through to steep limestone tracks. It certainly wasn’t a walk in the park but it could be done slower than the 22kms per day that we did. Organiser’s Peter and Karen March (members of Masters Athletics WA) were very keen to get the walk in before the heat and flies of summer and it was only on the last day in Augusta that the bush flies ascended on us.
Apart from the scenery, the friendships and conversations we had along the walk made the journey.