Local distance runner and well known Terry White Pharmacist, Cameron Wood is running out of his comfort zone of flat trails and smooth surfaces to take on the 70km Berry Long Run.
Held on August 12 from the small historic mining town of Blackwood, located somewhere between Gisborne and Daylesford, The Berry Long Run was created a few years ago to raise money for Berry Street, a charity that helps children and families recover from the impact of family violence, abuse and neglect.
For Cameron the run provides a worthwhile challenge to raise money for a great cause and gives him a new found incentive to run further.
After recently completing the 56km Two Bays Trail Run in an impressive five hours and 15 minutes and breaking the three hour barrier in his second crack at the full 42km marathon distance in May last year, Cameron was after a new goal.
“When looking for my next big running challenge I stumbled upon the Berry Long Run. At first I thought, 70km, there’s no way I can run that far!
“But after finding out that the run was created to raise money for Berry Street I decided to look more into it.
“Then after reading stories about some of the kids that Berry Street helps out I figured the pain I will go through over that 70km will never compare with what they’ve been through,” Cameron said.
The run consists of hilly bush trails and dirt roads through the picturesque Lerderberg State Forest around Blackwood. The event has a cut-off time of 12 hours for the 70km, but Cameron is hoping to cover the distance in around seven to eight hours.
“Training for a hilly trail run while living in Yarrawonga has its challenges and will include many Sunday mornings running in the Warby Ranges just out of Wangaratta and the occasional trip to the hills around Albury-Wodonga,” Cameron said.
Cameron is aiming to fundraise a mammoth $5,000 for the cause and has already collected $1,200 so far.
His everyday hero fundraising web page has information about the cause, a running total of money donated and a tally of how far Cameron has run in training since signing up. Last week he had already clocked up an impressive 200km since signing up for the run on 4th April.
People can donate via Cameron’s everyday hero page at: https://berry-long-run.everydayhero.com/au/cameron
Or you can donate and personally wish him good luck at Terry White Pharmacy, Yarrawonga where there is a donation tin.