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 :)

Friday, 24 June 2011

On the road nice and early

We've changed tactics. Running 5 hours in the dark each night until 11.30pm with cold winds and the roaring of huge trucks every 10 seconds about 2 metres away was starting to get us down. Today we start Plan B - start early doors and finish at a reasonable time each day. So we had a 5.30am start this morning and all is going well so far. Yesterday was a tough one - feet and ankles are really starting to hurt now and we've still got a few days to go but spirits were better this morning and we are comforted by knowing that the lovely people at the Jolly Swagman in Holbrook are putting us up for free. Thank you for the warm bed and hot shower! We should also say a huge thanks to the Forest Inn and Apartments in Canberra who have organised all of these freebies for us. We can't tell you how much better we feel in the morning after a decent sleep. So, we run (or jog) on...

1 comment:

  1. Keeping going you good things !
    The Goulburn Broken Seedbank supports your great effort for endangered species . We would be keen to catch up with you as you pass through our area . Benalla to Euroa . One of our team would like to join you on the run (If that is OK ) and point out local rare indignenous species you may wish to raise the profile of . Endangered Euroa Guinea Flower and Silver banskia project.
    Contact Janet Hagen 57 904268