READY FOR A CHALLENGE: The Warwick One team Ian Stacey, Karen Gilchrist, Geoff Hobson and Fiona Milburn are preparing themselves for the Kokoda Challenge in July.
READY FOR A CHALLENGE: The Warwick One team Ian Stacey, Karen Gilchrist, Geoff Hobson and Fiona Milburn are preparing themselves for the Kokoda Challenge in July. Jayden Brown

Group set for 96km on gruelling Kokoda trek

A GRUELLING 96km walk is all that stands between a group of four keen Rose City residents and their goal of conquering the Kokoda Challenge.

The Warwick 1 team consisting of Ian Stacey, Karen Gilchrist, Geoff Hobson and Fiona Milburn are hard at work training for the Kokoda Challenge, a 96km walk in aid of the Kokoda Foundation.

With 96 days left to train, Mr Stacey said he and his team mates had been training hard since they registered in November.

"There's lots of walking - we're walking up to 30km at a time," he said.

"All four of us have to walk the 96km in 39 hours."

The Kokoda Challenge covers 96km of tough country on the outskirts of the Gold Coast, starting in Mudgeeraba on July 19.

Mrs Milburn said the aim of the challenge is to do it with the Kokoda spirit.

"We stay together as a team of four - nobody gets left behind," she said.

"We're determined to get through."

For Mr Hobson the challenge is all about raising money for the Kokoda Foundation.

"The Kokoda Foundation uses the money to take about 50 kids to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda trail," he said.

"It's a good cause for troubled kids."

To donate to the Warwick 1 team visit kokodachallenge.com and find their team profile or make a cash or cheque donation at Lilley, Spanner and Stacey Solicitors on Perth St.

The Kokoda Challenge will run on July 19 and 20.



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