Push­ing bound­ary

Four take up chal­lenge to run 100km

Canning Times - - NEWS -

Meet the AFL bound­ary um­pires at­tempt­ing to run 100km in un­der 14 hours for char­ity.

EV­ERY Oc­to­ber, the Ox­fam Trail­walker gives teams 48 hours to hike a gru­elling 100km through Perth’s Hills.

This year, four AFL bound­ary um­pires are tak­ing the chal­lenge to a whole new level for char­ity.

Adam Ba­stick, Nathan Doig, Josh Gar­rett and Sean Moy­lan have com­mit­ted to run­ning – not walk­ing – the 100km trail in un­der 14 hours.

While the quar­tet run an es­ti­mated 80 to 100km per week, Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School grad­u­ate Mr Doig ad­mit­ted the chal­lenge was daunt­ing.

“I like to have bad ideas dur­ing the off-season to do some­thing. This was it this year and I man­aged to rope three other guys into it,” he said.

“Two years ago I did the Cape-to-Cape moun­tain bike race. I’ve done Iron Man WA. I just like to in­clude oth­ers in my stu­pid­ity I think.”

De­spite the scope of their chal­lenge, Mr Gar­rett said they were con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing their goal.

“Af­ter the ini­tial join in, fur­ther down the line we started to think about it more, but now we’re in we can’t bail,” he said.

Mr Ba­stick said all four of them came from a longdis­tance run­ning back­ground and the 8.5mins/km pace they were tar­get­ing was slower than what they were used to.

“The train­ing has been slower runs,” he said.

“We nor­mally run 4.5mins/km pace, whereas we’ve been do­ing 6.5mins/ km at train­ing.”

Mr Doig said the rules stip­u­lated ev­ery team mem­ber must start and fin­ish to­gether.

“I think with a lot of ad­vice from peo­ple and I’ve done a few longer dis­tance events – we should be able to do it,” he said.

If you want to help the group in their fundrais­ing ef­forts, you can do­nate at https://trail­walker.ox­fam. org.au/my/team/30741.

Pic­ture: Ben Smith

AFL bound­ary um­pires Nathan Doig, Adam Ba­stick and Josh Gar­rett will be at­tempt­ing to run 100km in un­der 14 hours dur­ing the Ox­fam Trail­walker.

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