Still in the run­ning

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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