Long walk for charity

Clare Lindsay-Smith plans to walk 100km to help Oxfam Australia. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d408972
Clare Lindsay-Smith plans to walk 100km to help Oxfam Australia. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d408972

The project manager said her team had been training hard during the past few months, meeting every second week for night walks in preparation for the trek from Kalamunda to Chidlow.

‘Because we’re trying to complete the walk in 26 hours for the last two months every other Friday we meet up somewhere in the Hills and we basically do overnight walks so we can emulate what it will be like in the event,’ Ms Lindsay-Smith said.

The 36-year-old said she was feeling quite confident going into the challenge, but did not know what to expect after 50km.

‘I’m quite keen for it to be over to be honest because it’s so time consuming with training. Some of the girls are getting quite nervous but for me the nerves haven’t quite kicked in yet,’ she said.

‘We can’t do the challenge beforehand because we don’t want to put our bodies through that, so I don’t actually know what I’m going to be like at that stage so it’s going to be quite interesting. Apparently there may be tears at 70km.’

The team hopes to raise $3000 for Oxfam Australia, which focuses on improving living standards for people living in poverty through clean drinking water, disaster relief and targeting malnutrition.

‘It’s a good cause, it’s a good charity and they never really have enough money so yeah, it’s kind of twofold because it gets us fit and it’s a way of raising money at the same time,’ Ms Lindsay-Smith said.

Ms Linsday-Smith, who has walked over 800km in training ” a distance equivalent to walking from Perth to Albany and back ” burning 45000 calories or 5000 jellybeans, said her feet had now got used to the walks but early on the team found it hard.

‘There were a few blisters at the beginning,’ she said.

‘One of the girls in our team had to leave the team quite early because her feet ‘exploded’ through blisters and we had to get a replacement.’