Upcoming Oxfam Trailwalker Challenge

Marion Finlay Associate Director


August 13, 2015

In just a couple weeks’ time, I will be attempting to complete the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney. I will be navigating my way through 100km (62 miles) of bush trails in just 48 hours on a team of four people.

The Oxfam Trailwalker originally began in 1981 in Hong Kong as a training exercise for the elite Queen’s Gurkha Signals regiment. It has since grown into one of the world’s ultimate team events with nearly 200,000 people taking part and over $200 million (AUS) raised globally in support of Oxfam’s work. This year, the Oxfam Trail walker will take place in Australia, India, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France, UK, Belgium and Hong Kong.

All the funds raised for the event go towards Oxfam’s projects helping impoverished people create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. They do this by promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching skills to grow food and advocating for their basic rights.

I will be attempting to complete the trail in under 30 hours with three of my girlfriends who are all trying to balance work, parenthood and training. I have been doing most of my training in the Royal National Park, which is a beautiful strip of land situated between Sydney and Wollongong. Wish me luck!