Heroes with a wheelbarrow
MOSSMAN’S Judith Day tested her fitness and wheelbarrow skills last weekend with her team supporting 65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis in the Great Wheelbarrow Race.
The team raised over $18,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Far North Queensland (CFFNQ) branch in the gruelling 140km three-day race over hilly terrain from Mareeba to Dimbulah, Almaden and finishing in Chillagoe.
Ms Day said it was a great experience to help raise money for a charity that supports one of their friends, who joined in as their timekeeper.
“My friend Shelley Shephard has cystic fibrosis and lives on a cattle station up in Cape York and we did it in her honour, she was born with CF and is an inspiration to everybody,” she said.
“We were supporting the CFFNQ branch and the money will stay in Far North Queensland for CF sufferers and families who need to travel to Brisbane at least twice a year.
“The race was awesome, it was painfully hard but a great, great experience, we came 24th out of 52 teams and in our category we came about fourth.”
The team ran in a 20-second relay, changing over with a twominute breather on the bus before jumping back out and doing their next 20 seconds.
The highlights for Ms Day was the team spirit of supporting each other, running into the towns and having the school kids cheering the teams and running into Chillagoe to finish the race.
“The first day was Mareeba to Dimbulah, 45km and the second day was 67km to Almaden - that was the hardest day - and the next day to Chillagoe was apparently an easy day of 32km,” she said.
“It was amazing fun, I had no idea what I was getting into and the toughest was the middle day when we had to do the two mountain ranges Lappa Junction and Tophat Pass - it was like going over the Great Dividing Range.
“I was lucky enough to get the top bit of the Lappa and the next person got downhill.
“I would like to thank the support teams and organisers, they’re the ones that do the work behind the scenes.”
The record for fundraising was smashed with over $145,000 raised between 24 of the teams.
Team effort: Mossman’s Judith Day, third from left, with her team