Sep 10, 2013

Distance today = 44.58 km; Total distance = 26,149.12 km; Location = Thirroul – 34 19.203’ S, 150 55.422′ E; Start time = 0826, Finish time = 1637


Wow, what a day!!! There was too much happening and too many people involved through the day for me to list everything and everyone. So, I will attempt to describe the day via a list of thanks.

Firstly, to Barry, who ran with me over the initial 10 km, and organised a visit to my old high school. To all the students and staff from Lake Illawarra High who ran with me, and to all my old school friends and teachers who came out to meet me on the road and say hello. To the school staff, especially Principal Tony for the greeting, official school jersey, and donation to Oxfam, and to Deputy Phil, who ran with me. The school visit also entailed a lot of media. Special thanks to Greg Ellis for his extended coverage of the run.

From there, I headed down the road to my mother’s place, meeting lots of family members. Thanks to them all for the trouble they went to in order to be there. My sister, Linda, and brother Paul, then ran across the Windang Bridge with me, along with several others, including old school friends, Hughie, Darren, and Paul. There were so many involved to this point, it’s impossible to name them all, so thank you again to all of you.

It was all quite overwhelming, but perhaps the highlight of the morning was my 5th Grade teacher, Fay Holbert, coming along to meet me on the shores of Lake Illawarra. It’s been 40 years since I’ve seen her. What a great surprise!

The afternoon was very hot, running north past the steelworks with Matt, and then on into Wollongong, where I met Carmel and Hannah for lunch. It was the first time I’ve seen Hannah for three months.

I finished the day running on the cycle path to Thirroul, where I was again met by Karen, and then Chips. We finished at Chips’ and Jenny’s, where we are staying tonight. I have to admit to being very tired this evening, due to the combination of heat and hectic social schedule – nothing a good night’s sleep won’t fix. I’m  looking forward to running along Sea Cliff Bridge tomorrow.

PS The Warilla Gorillas won their semi-final on the weekend, so I’m now looking forward to watching them in the grand final on Sunday week.