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YOU learn about your­self on a 100km walk, ac­cord­ing to Tracey Davis – par­tic­u­larly how much you take your feet and knees for granted. Mrs Davis and her three friends Shelly Slade, Leanne Hayne and Si­mone Hen­der­son re­cently com­pleted the Bris­bane Ox­fam Trail­walker. “We signed up for the 100km walk from Mt Glo­ri­ous to Mt Coot-tha,” she said.

YOU learn about your­self on a 100km walk, ac­cord­ing to Tracey Davis – par­tic­u­larly how much you take your feet and knees for granted. Mrs Davis and her three friends Shelly Slade, Leanne Hayne and Si­mone Hen­der­son re­cently com­pleted the Bris­bane Ox­fam Trail­walker. “We signed up for the 100km walk from Mt Glo­ri­ous to Mt Coot-tha,” she said. “The first cou­ple of kilo­me­tres was quite nice. “We went in with the goal of just fin­ish­ing it. “We’re all walk­ers and run­ners but we weren’t pre­pared for the pres­sure on our knees and feet.” Mrs Davis said the team had made a pact to stay to­gether and that blis­ters would not stop them. “Si­mone had so many the po­di­a­trists cut skin off her feet,” she said. “They also dis­cov­ered Shel­ley had a bro­ken foot from a pre­vi­ous in­jury. “She was in agony, I don’t know how she walked the last 10km.” The team crossed the line to­gether 38 hours af­ter set­ting out. “If it had been flat ground all the way I think we would have killed it,” Mrs Davis said. “For­tu­nately we had a great sup­port crew – my hus­band, Tony, and Si­mone’s fa­ther, Ron. “They or­gan­ised food and some­where to sleep at the rest stops, we couldn’t have done it with­out them.” Would they do it again? “I think we’ll do the 50km walk next time,” Mrs Davis said.

Photo: Contributed

BLIS­TER SIS­TERS: Tracey Davis, Si­mone Hen­der­son, Leanne Hayne and Shelly Slade af­ter com­plet­ing the 100km Bris­bane Ox­fam Trail­walker.

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