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Trail blazers rise to the challenge


05 Nov 2010

Pam Ooi, Cangie Wu, Greg Sykes, Evan Morrish, Mark Chadderton, Khalee Field and Keith Humphris.

Ryan Milton and Cameron Brown cross the finish line in first place.

Eleven Santos employees took part in the Adelaide Trailblazer Challenge recently, walking, running and clambering their way over long distances to raise more than $3,000 for charity.

The challenge aims to raise money for Operation Flinders, a South Australian-based charity that provides positive direction for young offenders and young people at risk. More than 1,000 people competed this year.

Santos participants teamed up to walk, run and clamber over 18, 34, 50 or 100 kilometres, starting at Pinky Flat near the city centre and heading along the river to Athlestone and into challenging terrain of the Adelaide Hills.

Martyn Eames, Adam Kremer, Pam Ooi and Cangie Wu took on the 18-kilometre trail through to Athelstone.

Three separate Santos teams took on the 50-kilometre trail. Evan Morrish and Mark Chadderton took just over nine hours to complete their journey, jogging the first flat section before grinding it through the hills. Khalee Field, Greg Sykes and Keith Humphris overcame blisters and a big lunch to complete the same distance in approximately 12 hours.

Jordyn Ellis-Bergh and Kasey Shaw teamed with a group of friends to once again take on the 50-kilometre trail. After a tough 15 hours, blisters, fatigue and one retirement through injury, they made it to the finish.

For Cameron Brown, it was third time lucky. Cameron and team mate Ryan Milton managed to avoid rolled ankles, cramp and the odd snake to work their way over 100 kilometres to Kuitpo Forest in 13 hours and 45 minutes to secure first place – 1 hour and 35 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals.

“The three big climbs between Athlestone and Mt Lofty are always the biggest test,” Cameron said.

"It's all about surviving the early climbs and still leaving a little bit in the tank for the back 50 kilometres down to Kuitpo Forest.”

Mark Chadderton said the event “gets bigger and better every year.”

“It’s great to support a charity such as Operation Flinders while testing your physical and mental strength over long journeys. Training for next’s years’ event has already started!”

Filed under: Community wellbeing, Employee achievements, South Australia

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