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Ballarat’s RPH grueling 100 km

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BALLARAT’S RPH Bootcamp teams completed the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne on the weekend. RPH had 7 teams four walkers in the grueling 100 km challenge and a 100% success rate, 28 out of 28 participants crossed the line. While some took Monday off to recover Richie Wynd was back at work and while sounding tired, he was extremely happy with the group’s performance. “We have never had such a big contingent when we have done it before,” he said. “We had the second biggest representation; Victoria University was the only one to have more.” The RPH Bootcamp teams contributed over $31000 towards the target of $2.5 million, which has been almost reached. “We were pretty pleased with our total and all the support we got from local businesses, friends and families,” Richie added.

“It was fantastic to have all 28 members of our team cross the finish line because in the whole event there were 508 people that failed to finish.”

Teams are given 48 hours to complete the 100kms, which took in the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne outer suburbs, “The average time was 28 hours and 24 minutes and every one of our seven teams came in ahead of the average time,” Richie said. “We had one fellow who tore an ACL in his knee and he managed to finish, as well, so that pretty special as well.”

While some teams take time to sleep Richie said their teams didn’t “We would go into a check point and you would have a support crew, and they have folding chairs set out and a folding table, the kettle boiling and a quick cup of tea and something to eat and then you are off again,” he said.

“The majority of people push through the night and try and come in at a reasonably quick time.

“We had about 50 Ballarat people down there, including support crews who did an amazing job of giving up a night’s sleep and weekend and just looking after all these tired and grumpy walkers.”

Richie said there are many ups and downs along the trail with people feeling low along various stages, physically and mentally, and then there are other stages where people were jumping out of their skin.

“I was in a team with my wife and a good mate and his wife and at the half way mark we started saying next year we’ll do this and that and it was ‘no way’ and then as the huge group got together for a bit of a celebration, by the end of that everyone was ready to sign up for next year.”