Still in the running
IN 2012, the Western Suburbs Weekly spoke to four residents, including Jamie Prendiville, ahead of their 250km Deserts Challenge. This weekend, Dr Prendiville departs for the Patagonia region in Argentina for a seven-day endurance race. MOSMAN Park GP Jamie Prendiville (62) has not lost a thirst for endurance running across deserts to raise awareness of UWA melanoma research since a Western Suburbs Weekly story about a run in Chile in 2012.
“You get flogged doing a run, so when you get home for the next year it feels like a holiday working in the surgery,” Dr Prendiville said.
Five years ago, he, his son
James, brother Garry and friend Bill Biffin spent five days tackling consecutive marathon-long runs across the Atacana Desert during the 4 Deserts Challenge in Chile.
“It rained for the first time in about 100 years but our preparation was good because, after all, I do medicine and we had worked through all the scenarios that can happen,” Dr Prendiville said.
In 2014 they did the seven-day Sahara Race in Jordan, where more unexpected rain kept the Bedouin-style tents in which they
stayed damp and cold.
On November 5, Dr Prendiville and his sons Jeremy (32) and James (30) will leave for the isolated and spectacular Patagonia region in Argentina for a sevenday endurance race.
“When you are running those distances it’s something you have to work out as an individual and at your own pace,” Dr Prendiville said.
The team aims to raise $50,000 for the Kirkbride Melonoma Centre at the UWA.