Over the next few months I’m going to be travelling through some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes, and going through some pain. In fact really quite a lot of pain. With a lot of training hours under the belt (and some cramming still to be done!), the plan is as follows:
EVENT 1- Sunday 10th March:
Cycle the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge- 235km; 3 Epic Climbs covering Tawonga Gap, Mt Hotham & Falls Creek covering over 4,500m of elevation; 13 Hour time limit.
Considered one of Australia’s toughest 1-day rides. Some details below show what makes it such a challenge (and make me slightly concerned)-http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/94609/
EVENT 2- Saturday 18th May:
Run the Australian North Face 50KM- 50km trail run through the NSW Blue Mountains; 11 hour time limit.
Another corker across some tough trail including over 1500m of climbing. http://www.thenorthface100.com.au/RaceInfo/50#Course
While doing this I’m hoping to raise some much needed funds for a cause doing some incredible work against the odds (literally) in Australia.
It’s a little talked about fact that the Greyhound racing industry in Australia is responsible for thousands of healthy dogs being put down every year. It goes deeper than what to do with retirees, and it is estimated that only 1 in 10 dogs bred for racing even make it to the track with thousands of healthy young greyhounds routinely ‘euthanised’ every year. It is especially sad as greyhounds have a gentle nature and a long history of being great family pets.
Greyhound Rescue is a charity which helps save and re-home Greyhounds dumped by the racing industry to be killed, either as youngsters because they didn’t make the cut as a racer, or because they are minimally injured or have reached the end of their racing days. The charity was started by Peter and Janet Flann who single-handedly took on this cause without any state funding, and over the years they have worked tirelessly with some dedicated volunteers to save hundreds of healthy greyhounds from being needlessly put to death, and go on to live long happy lives as pets.
The number of greyhounds killed by the racing industry each year in Australia is staggering, and I'm hoping to raise some much needed funds to help Greyhound Rescue save more of these incredible animals, and also help raise awareness of this little known plight.