Re­laxed about Red Dog Re­lay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

THE western sub­urbs-based Cher­ratta Lodge team is tak­ing a re­laxed at­ti­tude to train­ing be­fore the two-day Red Dog Re­lay through the Pil­bara on the WA Day long week­end next month.

“Ev­ery­one is do­ing their own train­ing and we’ve al­ready had one meet­ing about it, and may have another one,” team mem­ber and Cottes­loe res­i­dent Mal Wylie (42) said.

Re­lay com­peti­tors run, cy­cle, pad­dle, 4WD, hike and swim in teams of four to six of dif­fer­ent fit­ness lev­els be­tween Dampier, Kar­ratha and Mill­stream Chich­ester Na­tional Park be­fore the re­turn leg.

Team mem­ber and Cottes­loe res­i­dent Bernard Sha­p­land (36) said he would rely on the fit­ness he had de­vel­oped to com­pete in the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim and the South West’s Cape to Cape race each year

Mos­man Park res­i­dent Tom Atkin­son (41) did the first re­lay in 2014, named af­ter the re­gion’s Red Dog leg­end, about the wan­der­ing kelpie dog that be­came a friend to many of the re­gion’s res­i­dents.

“You’re on a jour­ney when you do it, with your mates be­side you urg­ing you on or shar­ing your pain, and whether you are fit or un­fit, there is no sense of be­ing left alone,” he said.

He and his fel­low team mem­bers will raise money for the Royal fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice this year.

Visit www.red­dogfes­ti­val.com.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

The Cher­ratta Lodge team in­cludes Mal Wylie, Tom Atkin­son and Bernard Sha­p­land.

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