Chal­lenge for walk­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Natasha Burl­ing

Walk­ing 100km in 36 hours with­out sleep may not be most peo­ple’s idea of fun.

But Auck­land city res­i­dent Chanez Kharoubi is up for the chal­lenge.

Chanez is the leader of the World­wide Walk­ers team tak­ing part in the Ox­fam Trail­walker event in Taupo this week­end.

The 20-year-old says she wasn’t com­pletely se­ri­ous when she asked her team­mates to join her.

Bel­gian-born Chanez says she was sur­prised when her teach­ers Jac­qui MacDon­ald and Daniela Ritchie, and friend Ami Ishikawa agreed to take part.

Chanez had seen posters for the event but didn’t think her friends would be in­ter­ested.

Daniela and Jac­qui say they de­cided to take part be­cause they were both in need of a chal­lenge.

“I felt like I was stuck in a rut,” says Daniela.

But the team’s prepa­ra­tion has not been with­out set­backs.

Jac­qui had to have part of her toe­nail re­moved, which put her out of ac­tion for four weeks.

And fundrais­ing for the event has been a test­ing time.

“I think the fundrais­ing is the hard­est part, I’ve found the train­ing a piece of cake,” says Daniela.

Even so, the team have so far raised $1641 to­wards their tar­get of $2500.

For Chanez, the main chal­lenge of the train­ing has been men­tal rather than phys­i­cal.

Walk­ing in the rain and keep­ing mo­ti­vated to fin­ish the reg­u­lar seven-hour train­ing walks has not been easy, she says.

The team has de­cided that not sleep­ing dur­ing the walk will keep their pace and mo­ti­va­tion up.

They plan to fin­ish the walk in less than 30 hours.

Friends and fam­ily will be sup­port­ing the women when they do stop for breaks, with their favourite food and drink at the ready.

Undeterred by the prospect of more train­ing, Chanez is plan­ning to join her cousin for the Ox­fam Trail­walker in Eng­land in July.

This week­end’s Ox­fam Trail­walker will see a record 350 teams, made up of nearly 1500 in­di­vid­u­als.

Money raised will go to­wards help­ing to over­come poverty in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries.

To make a do­na­tion visit www.ox­fam­trail Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted un­til June 6.

– Natasha Burl­ing is an AUT jour­nal­ism



Wise walk­ers: From left: Chanez Kharoubi, Daniela Ritchie and Jac­qui MacDon­ald will walk 100km in 36 hours this week­end.

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