Still walk­ing strong

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TURN­ING 80 in April has not slowed Les­mur­die's Tom Weir, who will be the old­est par­tic­i­pant in the 2017 Ox­fam Trail­walker in Perth.

TURN­ING 80 in April has not slowed Les­mur­die’s Tom Weir, who will be the old­est par­tic­i­pant in the 2017 Ox­fam Trail­walker Perth.

The Septem­ber fundrais­ing event will sup­port Ox­fam Aus­tralia’s work fight­ing poverty and in­jus­tice at home and around the world.

Mr Weir and his team­mates Kerry Miller and Bill and Anne Kerr, of the Les­mur­die Ten­nis Club, who are aptly named The Hills Hope-fools, will walk their fifth Trail­walker this year when they take on the 50km course.

He said tak­ing part was a “win-win” for the group be­cause it kept them fit while sup­port­ing a good cause.

“To me, age is just a num­ber and I don’t let it bother me and don’t even feel old,” Mr Weir said.

“The first three years we did the 100km, which is a chal­lenge in 48 hours… I was over­ruled, I wanted to keep do­ing the 100km and the oth­ers said ‘No, 50km is enough’.

“It’s very im­por­tant to train, you’ve re­ally got to build your body up and it doesn’t matter how fit you are.”

He said noth­ing com­pared to the feel­ing they got the first time they crossed the fin­ish line arm-in-arm, for­get­ting their pain.

“There have been a lot of memorable mo­ments – the ca­ma­raderie of the other walk­ers, the plea­sure of re­lax­ing in a deck chair at check­points and be­ing handfed with hot soup and rolls by our back-up crew,” he said.

To keep mo­ti­vated on the trail, he said they talked a lot, which made the time pass more quickly.

“We also like to chat with other walk­ers,” he said.

“Some­times there is a huge dif­fer­ence in our ages, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Ev­ery­one is nice and we are all in the same boat.”

The Hills Hope-fools have al­ready raised about $2000 for this year’s Trail­walker, with Mr Weir rais­ing $955 by rid­ing 510km from Man­jimup to Al­bany over 10 days.

He bat­tled fallen trees, tough ter­rain, a long stint along a high­way with trucks whizzing past, pour­ing rain and steep hills.

The Ox­fam Trail­walker Perth runs from Septem­ber 22 to 24.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the 100km event close on July 31, and on Au­gust 14 for the 50km walk.

Visit trail­walker.ox­fam.org.au/my/team/26530 to do­nate to The Hills Hope­fools or trail­walker.ox­fam.org.au/perth to reg­is­ter your own.

Picture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471562

Picture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471562

Tom Weir is in train­ing for his fifth Trail­walker in Septem­ber, af­ter turn­ing 80 in April.

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