Relaxed about Red Dog Relay
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.
The Cherratta Lodge team includes Mal Wylie, Tom Atkinson and Bernard Shapland.