Fundrais­ers close in on a mile­stone

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

One more year and the ‘‘ City Girls’’ can say they’ve walked 1000 kilo­me­tres in the name of Ox­fam – not to men­tion rais­ing more than $30,000 in the process.

Pu­taruru women Jan Bul­lot and Kerry Far­rant joined up with Auck­lan­ders Les­ley Reece and Mar­garet Kennedy nine years ago to com­plete the first 100km Ox­fam trail­walker.

The de­ter­mined four­some have just slugged out their ninth, cross­ing the fin­ish line in 22 hours and 50 min­utes.

Bul­lot said the tra­di­tion will end when they hit a decade.

De­spite know­ing the ter­rain, it never seems to get any eas­ier, she said.

‘‘Be­cause ev­ery time we are all one year older.’’

Not that age seems to be a bar­rier for 69-year-old team mem­bers Reece and Kennedy.

Bul­lot said ev­ery year the team seems to find some way to fine tune the rough, rugged jour­ney.

‘‘This year we all man­aged to fin­ish the whole 100km with not one blis­ter.’’

The in­spi­ra­tion to re­turn each year is the at­mos­phere and the pur­pose, she said. ‘‘It’s just the good that you do.’’ The City Girls were one of four South Waikato teams to en­ter the de­mand­ing course in­clud­ing 4 Forest­land Fil­lies, the Awe­some Force­some (Toko­roa Po­lice) and the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

In to­tal all four teams raised close to $11,000 for the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Coun­cil team mem­ber Kerry Fabrie said this is the sec­ond time she has trudged the 100km trail and though even the thought of try­ing for three is painful enough, ‘‘you just never know’’.

‘‘I said no af­ter last time and look what hap­pened.

‘‘I’ve said no again, but that might have been my un­happy knees talk­ing . . . maybe?’’

Light walk: Les­ley Reece, left, Mar­garet Kennedy, Kerry Far­rant and Jan Bul­lot tackle the 100km Ox­fam trail­walker.

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