He­roes reach Ade­laide

Southern Riverina news - - BUSINESS IN FOCUS - ~ Co­bram Courier

Af­ter set­ting off at 7am on a frosty Sun­day morn­ing, a group of cy­clists and sup­port staff tri­umphantly fin­ished a gru­elling ride from Ba­rooga to Ade­laide on Satur­day.

The 803km trek by the Hills He­roes group helped raise money for be­yond­blue.

Cross­ing the fin­ish line af­ter six long days of rid­ing was both emo­tional and a re­lief, or­gan­iser Ty­ron Hill said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was re­lieved to get there, as you can imag­ine.

‘‘Ev­ery­one held up quite well, although there were a cou­ple of slight nig­gles through­out day three or four to the last day, but we cruised into Ade­laide,’’ he said.

So far the group has raised more than $31,000 for be­yond­blue, but Mr Hill said do­na­tions were still be­ing tal­lied and ex­pected the to­tal to be around the $35,000 mark.

Two fundrais­ing nights at the football clubs in Lameroo and Jer­vois helped bol­ster the to­tals, with the Mallee Football League do­nat­ing $2000 from ex­tra gate tak­ings.

De­spite only cross­ing the fin­ish line on Satur­day, the group is al­ready think­ing about its next trip.

‘‘They’ve all been talk­ing about how much they miss it al­ready, so we’re think­ing maybe we’ll do some­thing sim­i­lar next year,’’ Mr Hill said.

‘‘I’d also like to thank all the lo­cal busi­nesses — Zi­tos, Tus­cany, Man­tos — for the fresh fruit and ve­g­ies, and all the peo­ple who do­nated or of­fered mes­sages of sup­port.’’

Day three of the ride saw in­tense fog, and it was with trep­i­da­tion the riders set off, and the fog was mon­i­tored through­out the ride as safety for the riders was the main pri­or­ity.

Day four was a big day as well, with the emo­tional riders set­ting off from Walpeup for a 150km stretch and at a lit­tle place called Boinka, af­ter rid­ing over a rail­way line, five riders crashed.

Luck­ily for those in­volved, no-one was se­ri­ously in­jured, suf­fer­ing just scrapes and bruises.

Day five was an eas­ier day with the group only cov­er­ing 105km. It saw stops at Gera­nium and Sher­lock, and it was at Sher­lock where the riders spot­ted the first lot of sup­port­ers lin­ing the road.

Friends and fam­ily of the South Aus­tralian riders turned up in droves to the Jer­vois Football Club, home to the Hill fam­ily.

Day six and the Ade­laide Hills were al­ways go­ing to present a chal­lenge.

A very emo­tional group of fam­ily and friends were wait­ing at Un­ley to greet the riders.

Event man­ager Michelle Hill thanked all the sup­port staff, which in­cluded Glen Hill, Ai­den Hill, Ruby Lane, Jodie Wan­ga­neen, Jane Treloar, Ray Mor­ris, Robyn Mor­ris, Jenny DeMaio, Kayla Eddy, Mackella Arm­field, Wayne Smith, Sarah Crawley and Bill Dock­rey.

She also gave out a small me­mento for ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber their week.

Do­na­tions can still be made www.hill­[email protected]­web.com.au

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The Hills He­roes riders and sup­port staff on their six-day, 803km ride from Ba­rooga to Ade­laide.

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