Dave’s effort earns record
MUNDUBBERA’S marathon man Dave Holleran ran 688km across a desert in just 10 days and four hours.
Mr Holleran is the first person to cross all 14 of Australia’s deserts on foot and his finishing time has set a world record.
But the experience was no walk in the park.
He said crossing the Great Victorian Desert was the hardest route he had run.
“My feet have been hardest hit, with many blisters and swelling,” he said.
“I have been resting now for a few days taking long baths, keeping my feet up and resting as much as possible.”
The road was difficult, he said, with corrugations and sand dunes, as well as 40-knot headwinds at times, and temperatures below zero in the early mornings and up to 30 degrees through the day.
Mr Holleran said he could not have done it without his wife, Janette.
“She looked after my medical needs, nutrition and, of course, will help to get me home,” he said.
Mr Holleran is hoping to achieve a world record, but he is also running to support and fundraise for the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter.
The run has raised almost $10,000 so far and has raised awareness of the service provided to hundreds of people across southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
CHARITY RUN: Dave Holleran finishing on Friday at Neale Junction, all as planned.