Nathan Rogers, Alison Burrill and Bec Hitzke are ready to take on this weekend’s Endeavour Foundation 500 Summer Challenge.
Nathan Rogers, Alison Burrill and Bec Hitzke are ready to take on this weekend’s Endeavour Foundation 500 Summer Challenge.

Student team take on charity run

WARWICK State High School teacher and pupils alike will join a team of runners to represent the Rose City in the Endeavour Foundation Summer Challenge.

The Warwick Pentath-Run Team, made up of 18 runners, will be taking the 500km relay challenge from the Beenleigh to Ferndale.

Funds raised will go towards the Endeavour Foundation, which gives work opportunities to people with a disability and has a local branch here in Warwick.

WSHS pupils Carissa Wrigley, Pete Van Hoof and Alison Burrill will take part in the race and have been training for weeks.

They will be joined by teachers Bec Hitzke and Nathan Rogers, with another 13 runners from Warwick and Brisbane.

It’s the ninth year that Warwick has entered a team in the challenge, which attracts around 400 runners each year.

The teams will gather at the Gold Coast at 4.30am on Friday morning and start the first leg of the trip to Lake Moogerah, with runners taking it in turns to complete a stretch.

“The pupils have been training to run between four and six kilometres and we’ve been making sure they get used to running in hot weather,” Mr Rogers said.

“They should be in pretty good shape.” The race takes three days to complete and passes through Killarney, Warwick, Toowoomba and Gatton before finishing in Ferndale on Sunday.

Race director Phil Hungerford describes the 500 Summer Challenge as one of the most difficult and challenging events that runners encounter, but being the last event on the running calendar means that the athletes are in prime condition and prepared for the gruelling conditions.

A maximum of 20 teams are accepted to compete, with teams from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Warwick regular entrants each year.

Each team must have between 16 and 22 runners with each runner competing in at least four but not more that eight sections over the weekend.

To raise funds the team has organised a charity dinner at the Condamine Sports Club tonight from 7pm.

It’s $25 for a two course meal.



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