Chris and Len have a history of endurance adventures including ultra marathons, adventure races and together in 2010, a kayak crossing of Bass Strait. They undertake these adventures to break out of their everyday synchrony, exceed their perceived limits and to feed their paleolithic, caveman instincts.
This adventure is inspired by the Westfield Sydney to Melbourne races held between 1983 and 1991, at the time, one of the toughest in the world. The idea to follow in these footsteps will however only be 3 weeks old when Chris and Len set-off. But an inspiring idea and two weeks of annual leave is an opportunity, by their own account, not to be lost.
Lastly, please consider these two thoughts: 1. the loss of biodiversity on Earth threatens life as we know it - it threatens supplies of fresh water, food, medicine, clothing, housing and the viability of oxygen-producing forests. 2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew predict that one fifth of all plant species are at imminent risk of extinction. Chris and Len, both with science background are really hoping to make a positive impact on this situation. They seeking to use their love of adventure to raise a very modest $2,000 needed to save one of Australia’s rarest plant and one they will pass near on the Hume Highway, the Grevillea iaspicula. Please see sidebar to read more about the Royal Botanic Gardens ‘Save a Species’ initiative and help them :)
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Arrived 1 pm today
Our two Save a Species heroes finished the gruelling 900 kilometre run from Sydney to Melbourne today arriving at Melbourne’s GPO at 1pm after setting off from Sydney’s’ GPO on Sunday, 19th June to save critically endangered plant species from extinction.
On track to save three plants from extinction, Chris Turnbull, aged 27 and Len Gervay, aged 30 endured sleet, hundred kilometre plus winds and sleep deprivation for the Save a Species campaign run by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Chris said they’re grateful for the incredible support from donors reaching from Sydney to Melbourne and as far afield as Queensland as well as the amazing support from people along the route including regional hotels, sports shops and local runners who joined the journey after hearing about their run in the media.