I was given the opportunity 6 months ago to begin coaching a team of four men in their attempt at the 2013 Melbourne Trailwalker event. When I met them, I could tell there was some natural talent in them and some tough mental stock also. I set them training programs that addressed their individual weaknesses and encouraged their strengths. As time passed, what I saw were some amazing times being recorded and the potential for something great come Trailwalker time.
Their programs progressed to a point that would test them all in varying ways. Their toughness held them in good stead and their bodies did not let them down.
What happened on the day was something remarkable to behold. The guys set a cracking pace early and simply held onto it. They were so consistent in their execution that there was no chance of any other team taking their place. There was one team that was simply stronger on the day and they took the rightful first place. Second, however was claimed by my boys and they earned every bit of it.
Having personally competed in Oxfam Trailwalker myself a few times, I can honestly say that this one was just as fulfilling, even though I was watching from the sidelines.
There is something special about seeing humans seek out their physical and mental potential. Oxfam is one of those special events that bring together people from all walks of life and with all levels of physical ability. We see the fittest of the fit line up next to complete newbies and they all tread the same course together. It is also one of the few events that can only be completed as part of a team. This adds a unique aspect to the experience and can build great friendships. In fact, Brewsters Running was created by two people that first met as part of an Oxfam team back in the first Melbourne event. Since that time, Chris and I have shared many trails together and there will be many more to come I’m sure.
So, well done to team ‘Is This the Finish?’ and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your success.
For those of you that have never been a part of Oxfam Trailwalker. Get involved – you will be glad you did.