Nick (L) and Adam (R) at the start of The Bloody Long Walk
Nick (L) and Adam (R) at the start of The Bloody Long Walk

On Sunday 19th October two Cartophiles, Nick and Adam, took part in The Bloody Long Walk.  They completed the 35km course from the lighthouse at Palm Beach to Manly’s North Head Sanctuary in just under seven hours.  What a fabulous effort to maintain an average walking pace of 5 kph for that long.

The Bloody Long Walk is a fund raising event to help to find a cure for mitochondrial disease.  See it’s web site http://www.bloodylongwalk.com.au/sydney/

2 Thoughts to “Congratulations to Cartophiles on The Bloody Long Walk”

  1. Adam

    Nick and I are pleased to report that it was a cracking day. The weather couldn’t have been better with a steady on-shore breeze keeping the day relatively cool in spite of the bright sunshine.

    We left in one of the last waves of starters at 8:50pm and immediately started dragging in the stragglers from the previous waves. At one point we started over-taking walkers from the 7:30am start.

    Apparently it wasn’t a race – but hey, if you get given a timing chip on your bib – then it’s a race.

    There were six checkpoints along the way and for the most part we ignored them as Nick and I were packing three litres with us and enough calories to keep us going.

    We decided that lunch deserved a sit down and we used the opportunity to air tired toes and top up our water.

    Over the course of the day we traversed two short sections of beaches (both resulting in sandshoe emptying stops) and, for me who rarely ventures north o’ the bridge, a great opportunity to check out places like Palm Beach, Narrabeen Lake and lagoon and North Curl Curl among many other tucked away bits of coastal heaven.

    The last 40 minutes of the walk had us threading through the throngs on the Manly Corso to the smell of fast food, sun-tan lotion and (to the pleasure of those around I’m sure) our own sweat.

    The walk finished with a last push past Shelly Beach car-park (as a wedding party arrived to a huge crowd cheer), up the hill to the old gun emplacements and into the former Artillery School at North Head. There were plenty of tired legs as Nick and I ground it out, determined to break seven hours if we could. (We think we did – awaiting on final results).

    All up – it’s a great introduction to endurance walking if you haven’t had a go before and a terrific way to explore the beaches and headlands between Palm Beach and North Head on a Spring day. The hills are tame and the views keep your mind busy when your feet begin to ache.

  2. Adam

    And we should point out last of all – that team Cartophiles raised $2,500.00 for the Australian Mitochondrial Foundation as well!

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