Jamie ful­fils his marathon feat

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

WARANA ul­tra run­ner Jamie Milne has com­pleted a stun­ning 28 marathons in 14 days as he made his way around south-east West­ern Aus­tralia, walk­ing into Perth Fri­day af­ter­noon to com­plete a fundrais­ing ef­fort on be­half of Alzheimers WA.

How­ever Milne has been left sad­dened af­ter on Wed­nes­day com­ing across the scene of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent on the Ger­ald­ton-Mount Magnet Road. The crash claimed the life of 57-year-old fa­ther-of-two Les James who was tak­ing part in the WA leg of the Black Dog Ride Around Aus­tralia in sup­port of peo­ple suf­fer­ing de­pres­sion.

Mr Milne ar­rived 20 min­utes af­ter the fa­tal­ity.

Up to that point the Warana gym owner had been buoyed by the in­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity of peo­ple in the small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties he ran through, who of­fered ev­ery­thing from ac­com­mo­da­tion and din­ners, with some shop own­ers re­fus­ing to ac­cept pay­ment.

He was wel­comed to Perth by Alzheimers WA af­ter ear­lier vis­it­ing a res­i­den­tial care home where pa­tients are cared for in a home en­vi­ron­ment.

Mr Milne’s an­nual run for his Many Miles for Mary Char­ity, which sup­ports de­men­tia aware­ness, hon­ours his late grand­mother who died from the dis­ease.

Af­ter set­ting out from Vasse in outer Perth on Septem­ber 2, he has raised more than $10,000 and plans to close this year’s ef­fort on Septem­ber 30.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon he com­pleted the fi­nal 12km of his chal­lenge at a leisurely pace, walk­ing along the coast­line into Perth af­ter ris­ing early.

In to­tal he ran 1181.46km over the 14 days find­ing the first week the toughest.

“My body’s not too bad,” Jamie laughed. “The first week was tough go­ing but it’s been quite good since then.

“I’ve been well looked af­ter. Peo­ple have treated us in­cred­i­bly well. You see a lot of crap go­ing on in the world but the bal­ance is def­i­nitely there.”

❝My

body’s not too bad. The first week was tough go­ing but it’s been quite good since then.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

FIN­ISHED: Warana ul­tra run­ner Jamie Milne has ar­rived in Perth to com­plete his lat­est ef­fort, run­ning 28 marathons in 14 days.

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