As many of you have heard, I completed the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer Walk last weekend. And I had a great time doing it.
It was 7.00am on Saturday that we started out from McCallum - after an address from a man in a Pink Tutu (who happened to the be the head of the Harry Perkins Institute) and some inspirational words from a Cancer Survivor, Lee.
Day One of the course took us round Mill point and past the Zoo, along Como beach, across the Canning Highway bridge, down Matheson Road, through Ardross to the Esplanade and back over Kwinana Freeway, past Collier Park Golf Course, through South Perth back to McCallum Park.
Lee that addressed the walkers at the beginning of the day, ended up being my walking companion for last 7km on day one……she inspired me to keep going and we chatted all the way.
I came in on day one tired but not sore. Then I snuck off home to rest.
Day Two, the course opened at 6.30am – we went across the Causeway and under the bridge, around the WACA, up into Northbridge. There were lots of strays, making their way home from the night before!! We then headed towards Mount Lawley, through Hyde Park, through Leederville and along the Mitchell Freeway. We went around Lake Monger, past Subiaco Stadium and down through Kings Park. We walked along Mounts Bay Road and over the Narrows, along the South Perth Esplanade back to McCallum Park. I finished up with a couple of small blisters – but not too bad overall.
I had some company on Day Two - my friend Michelle said she would walk the first 5km with me......at the 5km mark she was feeling pretty good and said she would walk on......at 10km she said - yeah - I'll keep going.....by the time we got to the 20km mark I said - you might as well just keep going. So we crossed the finish line together.
The entire weekend was a lot of fun. The event was very well organised, with plenty of food, water, support and cheering along the way.
A total of $2.2 Million was raised for Women’s Cancer Research with 845 Walkers.
I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to those of you that donated to this cause. You helped me to raise just over $2100. The money we raised is being used right now for new equipment and research staff to fight cancer.
And – I enjoyed it so much…..I want to do it all again next year. With some friends, I am putting a team together – cause it’s so much easier to walk with a buddy or two. So if anyone is keen to join us in a year’s time, let me know.
Here are a few pic's from the weekend......
These are all the tents that the participants stay overnight in......
The start line.
As we all set off...
Me at end of Day One
The camp from the Causeway with all the walkers starting on Day Two
Some of the Cheer Team
Selfie at the Pitstop
Man in a Tutu
Going along the Swan River
One little helper
Michelle crossing the Narrows
Michelle and I walking the last 1-2km
So as you can see - it was a great weekend and a great achievement- walking 60km.