Karen Gilchrist and Sonya Carr are preparing to run from Warwick to the Gold Coast to raise money for cancer.
Karen Gilchrist and Sonya Carr are preparing to run from Warwick to the Gold Coast to raise money for cancer. Erin Smith

Runners achieve ambition as they go the distance for a cause

SONYA Carr is possibly one of the only people around who would explain a gruelling five day 219km run from Warwick to the Gold Coast as "absolutely awesome."

But that was one phrase she repeated again and again when her and friend Karen Gilchrist reached their final destination around 11am yesterday.

They were not just running for fun though, with the aim to raise money for breast and prostate cancer research.

Ms Carr said although it had been a great experience she would not have been able to make it to the end without the company and support of Ms Gilchrist.

"We talked and talked and talked," she said.

"Karen and I now know everything about each other from the moment we were born, we spent hours talking."

Ms Carr said it was a great experience but it certainly was tough at times.

"Karen has a lot of blisters and I have a very sore quad muscle, but we made it in the end," she said.

"We camped in tents and it was very cold, one morning it got down to zero degrees.

"There were parts were the road was very narrow and the cars come very close.

"But it was just absolutely awesome."

The run was meant to be 210km but Ms Carr said they got lost on the way into the Gold Coast and ended up running an extra few kilometres yesterday.

The duo planned to spend last night treating themselves to a nice dinner and maybe a glass or two of champagne.

You can make a donation to the pair's fundraiser at WIRAC on Monday.



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