The Kokoda Challenge Update
It is that time of year again. My team, Victory Sport Sprights, have been hard in training for this event which is on the Gold Coast July 17th. This year's team is again four women, two who are novices in this event.
Delina is a third year veteran, and was on my team last year. She is a supermum of three, as fit as a fiddle, and keeps us entertained the entire way with her happy chatter.
Fiona, another supermum of five, ran her first marathon when she was 16. She and I have run together off and on for years. She has a body to die for, even more so given she has had five children, her eldest being 22.
Toni is the young 'un, no children, ran her first marathon last year. She is as quietly determined as anyone I have ever met. She was our crew captain last year, in the absence of my daughter Natalie, who was overseas. Toni is the girl who breaks down walls between people in 30 seconds. She laughs all the time. Everyone around always feels happier for her being there. She is also the 'darky' of our group. (three blondes and a brunette)
This last weekend we ran our usual Saturday morning run by the beach for an hour and a half, then in the afternoon we ran a section of the actual course for 3 hours in the afternoon. During the Kokoda Challenge event there are five major climbs, (what I mean by major is that the hill is in your face literally therefore only able to be walked), with the rest of the terrain being up and down, with little flat sections at all. On this training run we had two of the major climbs.
At the end of the run, Fiona, Toni and I, and Alicia, one of our other running friends, went and stayed the night at my mother's place. My mother lives on the course, at the top of one of those major climbs, with panoramic views over the Gold Coast. Given that the weather is getting chilly, we enjoyed a log fire, and the combined efforts of four women to have a wonderful repast of home made pizza, cannelloni, soup and hot chocolate cake...with copious red wine. And a 2 am bed time. Very, very unusual for us, as we are normally up at 4 am Sunday to go running. Needless to say, there was lots of laughter, some tears, and some serious dehydration in the morning.
The Kokoda event is a charity event. Each team has to raise at least $1000 for the Kokoda Kids. Kokoda kids are a group of 'at risk' teenagers who sign on to the the program for a year. They have to participate in the Kokoda Challenge as a team. 96 kilometers, two days, lots of big hills. Then they also go to Papua New Guinea and walk the actual Kokoda trail. The discipline and structure of the weekly training changes their loves. It is a great charity.
Once again I am seeking donations. If you can, please donate $10, $20, $50, $100 to this cause. It is easy to do. Simply visit here and select our team VICTORY SPORT SPRIGHTS.
I will have regular updates for you as we continue with our build up to this event,