Dave’s ef­fort earns record

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHAR­ITY RUN: Dave Holleran fin­ish­ing on Fri­day at Neale Junc­tion, all as planned.

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