Mates double their efforts for charity run

They may all be a year older, but age isn’t stopping the Mates 500 Relay team taking on an even bigger challenge in 2012.

The six runners from Manjimup are attempting to cover a colossal 1000km in aid of the Regional Men’s Health Initiative and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  It is an ambitious plan but Tim Lyster, Heath East, Anthony Stubberfield, Mat Johnston, Wayne Barnden and Paul Omodei are convinced they all have the stamina to make it through.

‘‘We’ve been training since October, but it’s been a year so some of us are in slightly less shape than others,’’ Paul Omodei said. ‘‘Saying that, we’ve got a brilliant team in place like we had last year, so while there’s definitely some nervous anticipation setting in we’re confident that together we’ll manage it.’’

Not content with repeating last year’s 500km relay, the mates have doubled their distance to 1000km in the hope of raising even more money for their worthy causes.

The group of local farmers, tradies and professionals will jog out of Nannup at 5am on Saturday, March 10 and will run an average of 28km a day until they cross the finish line at the Manjimup Agricultural Show on Friday, March 16.

Their mammoth mission will take them through Northcliffe, Cranbrook, Dumbleyung, Kulin, Wagin and Kojonup, requiring an even bigger and more sophisticated support crew than before.  ‘‘Because we’re going so far over east this timewe have people out there helping us with driving, ice baths, accommodation and everything else,’’ Paul said. ‘‘Grant Johnson and the committee have been fantastic. The amount of work they’ve out into this is brilliant. We’re just looking forward to doing it now.’’

The mates will be at Manjimup Country Club on Sunday, March 4 to for their fundraising launch. More details will follow in next week’s paper.

Source: Manjimup Bridgetown Times | Picture: Tom Edwards

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