Fi­nal leg for Monto’s rally par­tic­i­pants

Jock and Ann travel thou­sands of kilo­me­tres to raise money

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AS JOCK McLur­can and Ann Green drove through in­land Aus­tralia, they were greeted with a sight few get to see.

“There was green veg­e­ta­tion ab­so­lutely ev­ery­where,” Ms Green said.

“It was a once in a 50 years’ oc­cur­rence by the way they were talk­ing,” Mr McLur­can said.

The Monto pair spent 18 days on the road in the Great En­deav­our Rally this June, trav­el­ling from Ip­swich to Stan­thorpe through stops in­clud­ing Uluru, Lake Eyre and the Finke Desert.

It was Mr McLur­can’s 13th time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual fundraiser for the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion, and the 12th go for Ms Green.

“We cov­ered about 450-500km a day, the ac­tual rally was 7500km but by the time we got to the start and then back to Monto, we did about 8500km,” Mr McLur­can said.

Thirty-four cars crossed the start line but 31 made it back home, with three cars break­ing down and get­ting aban­doned in the desert.

Mr McLur­can and Ms Green’s ve­hi­cle was too tough to break, but they could re­late to the hard­ship.

“We had our 4WD on 200kmh to get through the mud out in the desert,” Mr McLur­can said.

A road to Lake Eyre proved to be a par­tic­u­lar night­mare.

“It was re­ally cor­ru­gated and had enor­mous pot holes,” Ms Green said.

“It was the worst road I’ve ever driven in my life,” Mr McLur­can said.

“Monto roads are good com­pared to that, but don’t tell the coun­cil­lors.”

When they got to Uluru, they said it was breath­tak­ing.

“Even though you see pho­tos on post­cards, it’s just so dif­fer­ent in real life and in­cred­i­bly huge,” Ms Green said.

“It’s quite in­trigu­ing, and we saw wa­ter all around the base of the rock.”

The road-trip en­thu­si­asts pre­dicted the lat­est rally was their last.

Over the years, their ef­forts helped raise an im­pres­sive sum of about $100k for the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion.

Shorter ral­lies and travel are in the plans for Mr McLur­can and Ms Green to get their ad­ven­ture fix.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

BREATH­TAK­ING LAND­MARK: Jock McLur­can is a Great En­deav­our vet­eran, but this was his first time at Uluru.

The well-known ve­hi­cle around Monto cross­ing the fin­ish line in Stan­thorpe.

Get­ting to see Uluru was a sell­ing point for Ann Green to go on the 18-day trip, and did not dis­ap­point.

Ann Green and Jock McLur­can dur­ing the Great En­deav­our Rally. Be­tween them, they have com­pleted 25 ral­lies.

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