Walkers Brendan Tathem, Graeme Angus, Craig Berry and Gary Zerner with supporters Melissa Reid, Sharon Patava and Ian McNally.
Walkers Brendan Tathem, Graeme Angus, Craig Berry and Gary Zerner with supporters Melissa Reid, Sharon Patava and Ian McNally. Emma Channon

Husbands challenge wives in trek

FOUR Warwick adventurers have one goal in mind when they tackle Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge next month.

Graeme Angus, Brendan Tathem, Gary Zerner and Craig Berry hope to complete the massive 96km trek in 25 hours, and beat their partners’ time by one hour.

“Last year our wives were part of the all-women’s team from Warwick, and finished the challenge in 26 hours and 11 minutes,” Mr Zerner said.

“There’s a bit of pressure on us to ensure we beat our wives’ time, so we’re aiming for the 25-hour mark.”

Covering distances of up to 20km in their training and participating in the Pentath Run, the group looks well prepared.

Mr Tathem and Mr Angus have extra experience under their belt, having taken part in the genuine Kokoda Challenge in Papua New Guinea in 2008.

However they said the Gold Coast trek could prove more challenging.

“They say it’s harder to finish the Gold Coast trek because it’s easier to pull out of it,” Mr Tathem said.

“At Kokoda, you have to walk two to three kilometres just to get to a stop point.”

Only about half the entrants finish the Gold Coast Kokoda and teams are given up to 39 hours in the challenge.

The Warwick foursome have been sponsored by three local businesses: Melissa Reid from Promote Fitness and PT; GJ Gardner Homes owner Sharon Patava and Ian McNally of McNally Constructions.

The four men also have been busy fundraising for the event, as each team must raise a minimum of $1500 towards charity, in addition to their $440 nomination.

This year’s Kokoda Challenge takes place on July 16 and 17 and begins at Mudgeeraba, before finishing at Nerang Velodrome.



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