Tom is oldest to conquer Oxfam Trailwalker event

The Hills Hope Fools team Bill Kerr, Anne Kerr, Kerry Miller and Tom Weir.
The Hills Hope Fools team Bill Kerr, Anne Kerr, Kerry Miller and Tom Weir.

The 76-year-old Lesmurdie resident conquered 100km of rugged Perth Hills terrain for charity with three friends in the Hills Hope Fools team.

‘Towards the end, I was feeling like a zombie but we perked up a bit and actually ran across the finish line,’ he said.

‘This is the first time I have done the Oxfam Trailwalker but I have done the Bibbulmun Track, the Cape to Cape track and cycled part of the Munda Biddi trail; these are all the things I wanted to do while I was working but now can do since I have retired.’

Mr Weir had a much deserved 11-hour sleep after the big event.

‘I got home, we had some champagne to celebrate then I crashed and slept for 11 hours,’ he said.

Speaking to the Reporter yesterday, Mr Weir was about to head off to the gym but insists he is not a fitness fanatic.

‘I do like to keep fit though, I am just naturally active,’ he said.

‘I go to the gym three times a week and go dancing.

‘I tend to hang around people younger than me because people my own age only talk about their operations.’

More than 1100 people completed the walk, which raised about $1.3 million for Oxfam’s work helping the poor.

Oxfam Trailwalker Perth ambassador, ARIA-nominated singer Mama Kin, finished with her team Sole Mamas in 29 hours and 41 minutes, cheered across the finish line by her husband, fellow musician John Butler, and their children.

‘It feels incredible, it is such an amazing team effort,’ she said.

Event co-ordinator Carrie Fletcher said the response from WA residents had been overwhelming, with donations flooding in at a rate of more than $3000 an hour on the first day of the event.