Yarrawonga’s Jemma Holmyard has just completed the walk of her life, along with three friends, after participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne.
The 100km non-stop endurance challenge started at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill on Friday, April 7 at 6.30am with the finish line at Wesburn Park almost two days later.
More than 600 teams participated in the event and raised just over $2 million for Oxfam Australia’s lifesaving work tackling poverty in communities around the world.
Jemma said the idea to enter a team came about after a few New Year’s Eve beverages.
“It sounded like a great thing to do so myself, my partner Nik Beilharz and friends Caity Timms and Holly Cunngingham created our team, The Walking Dead, and started fund raising,” she said.
“Bunnings were tremendous, we had a sausage sizzle there and they donated a large tool set for us to raffle.
“Yarrawonga Bakery donated the bread and Nagles Butchers donated the sausages.
“It was a huge achievement for all of us to finish this endurance walk together.
“It took us 32 hours and 12 minutes of hard walking and there were moments for all of us when we each thought we wouldn’t make it but we did.
“My feet in particular took a battering and are only now just starting to heal.
“We have raised $1,800 for Oxfam Australia and I am so proud of the four of us.”
More than 600 teams entered the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne with 2,448 walkers participating.
Indicative of how hard the endurance trek was, only 1,906 completed the walk with the fastest team, Dog Day Afternoon, finishing in an impressive 11 hours and 25 minutes.