Wood’s ‘Berry Long Run’

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Lo­cal dis­tance run­ner and well known Terry White Phar­ma­cist, Cameron Wood suc­cess­fully com­pleted the gru­elling 70km Berry Long Run while at the same rais­ing the most funds of any par­tic­i­pant for the Berry Street Foun­da­tion.

Held in Au­gust from the small his­toric min­ing town of Black­wood, lo­cated some­where be­tween Gis­borne and Dayles­ford, The Berry Long Run was cre­ated a few years ago to raise money for Berry Street, a char­ity that helps chil­dren and fam­i­lies re­cover from the im­pact of fam­ily vi­o­lence, abuse and ne­glect.

For Cameron the run pro­vided a worth­while chal­lenge to raise money for a great cause and pro­vided him a new found in­cen­tive to run fur­ther.

Cameron fin­ished a cred­i­ble eighth out of 39 starters, in an im­pres­sive time of seven hours and 10 min­utes.

“Af­ter miss­ing a cou­ple of weeks of train­ing due to in­jury, about eight to ten weeks out from the event, I was ex­tremely happy with my time,” Cameron said.

In fact his time this year would have placed him on the podium in third in 2016.

“Thanks to the ex­tremely gen­er­ous Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala com­mu­nity, I man­aged to raise $5,564.90 for Berry Street, and was the top fundraiser at the Berry Long Run this year,” he said.

“Just prior to the event my wife Me­gan and I or­gan­ised a five kilo­me­tre fun run and walk from the boat ramp out along the track to­wards Kyf­fin’s Re­serve and back as part of my fundrais­ing.

“We had forty four par­tic­i­pants that braved the cold and rainy con­di­tions and we ended up rais­ing $650 on the day. We plan to hold reg­u­lar fun runs and walks in the fu­ture at var­i­ous spots around town,” he said.

Cameron is no stranger to dis­tance run­ning af­ter also com­plet­ing the 56km Two Bays Trail Run this year in an im­pres­sive five hours and 15 min­utes and break­ing the three hour bar­rier in his se­cond crack at the full 42km marathon dis­tance in May last year.

“Un­less in­juries or other races get in the way, I’ll be back (at the Berry Long Run) next year hunt­ing that sub-seven hour fin­ish,” he said.

Cameron also thanked the fol­low­ing busi­nesses that do­nated to the Berry Street Foun­da­tion; Terry White Chem­mart Na­tional Head Of­fice; Terry White Chem­mart Yar­ra­wonga; ClubMul­wala; Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club; Onslow Blast­ing Ser­vices; Me­gan Wood Per­sonal Train­ing; Thyme for Cof­fee; Mo­tive Health & Nu­tri­tion; Bare­foot Life­style.

All for a good cause marathon run­ner Cameron Wood suc­cess­fully com­pleted the gru­elling 70km Berry Long Run re­cently.

Wood’s next chal­lenge will be hunt­ing a sub-seven hour fin­ish next year.

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