A year later, and it seems that it still is 'all in the mind'. As the desire and the will to complete a potentially heartbreaking 50km was embarked by over 500 runners and walkers only a couple of days ago. All the while, the weather throughout the day had been forecast as gloomy and horrible.
One wonders how, knowing this, these individuals still awoke from their warm cosy beds and found themselves trekking through the endless hills and the open plains which scattered the paths before them. ponchos and umbrellas were the norm as the clouds emptied it's contents onto them.
Yet through it all, with the kindness of the Upstream Foundation, checkpoints were plotted along their paths, offering salvation to these runners and walkers. Fruit (oranges and apples), water and cheers set these individuals, groups and families on towards the end.
But the end was not without it's last challenge, for beyond the main course and the only thing left between them and final salvation, warm and comfort was but one last steep hill for each runner/ walker to overcome and so they did. And these salvations included hot foods, drinks, toilets, massages, and comfort from family, friends and many fellow runners/ walkers.
Yet beyond the event itself, this great fun run raises money for several organisations and these include Camp Quality, The Leukaemia Foundation, Entrust Foundation, Leprosy Mission Australia, and Samaritan’s Purse :)