Team Maui off we are waiting for Frank at toilet
Thank you Maui
good to go
Camp Mum thanks Sarah
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Achilles NZ Pure
Elinor Cuttiford a late replacement in our team (approx. 48 hours notice) as Craig cut his feet and couldn’t walk so Craig replaced Elinor in Achilles Maui Walkers team and became Camp Dad while Elinor dusted off her walking shoes and joined us. Her story from the walk is below ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` The big fulla is Frank Bunce, ex-All Black. Pete Loft is the other fulla who runs Achilles NZ & takes people with various afflictions & of all shapes & sizes to do the New York marathon. They met Leanne Byers last year on the Oxfam walk before she was pulled off at 54km by medics who said her feet were too blistered to carry on. She had come back this year to show the course who was boss. With no training for the walk, I shouldn’t have been surprised that at 29km I was not feeling very well & felt moments away from blowing chunks. The ol’ body must’ve been in shock & wanted to let me know… vehemently. Knowing that I’d come into the team to ultimately help shepherd Leanne across the line, I didn’t stop or let myself puke. My body soon realised I was serious about getting to 100km & there was no use kicking up a fuss or hurling half-masticated chicken sandwiches at the bitumen. All it had to do was keep putting one foot in front of the other.. At 50km, you felt as though you were on top of the world & could do the previous 15 hours walking over again no problems, forgetting that sleep deprivation, mental & physical exhaustion would be further compacted each time you planted your foot on the ground. Sleep dep & exhaustion made every single kilometre beyond 50 harder & harder & harder.. almost unbearable. Unfortunately Leanne was downed at 61km by a severe asthma attack (at about 1am, after 18hours) & was carried away in an ambulance. Even as she was wheezing in foetal position on the side of the road, she tried to get herself off the ground to finish... I’ve only known one other woman in my life who has displayed as much guts & determination & that’s my mum... Pete & Frank had finished the walk last year & had the option to pull out when Leanne was stretchered into the ambulance. Bless their hearts, they kept walking, the reflectors on their packs hovering ever onward into the night. I couldn’t have done it without knowing they were there… My friend Bridgette was in another team & described the long, sad, lonely walk she had after 2 of her teammates dashed off into the night, chasing the glory of an epic finish time. It was so important to know that your teammates were there for you… any human contact in those hours was so important… Sleep dep is hard enough at the best of times. It’s even harder when you’re still on your feet 21 hours in, wavering along a gravel path, head torch illuminating strange shapes in the darkness, the hypnotic beat of your feet hitting the ground as you try with each step not to slip into the dreams that are already beckoning your mind toward sleep. The 3 of us were close to delirious & almost defeated by Leg 6 aka “the Big One” (19.5km, 4am – 9am). I had some trouble separating real from surreal in those hours. I’m still questioning whether the moment we walked into a quiet green valley, with streams of clear boiling water bubbling along beside us over white calcified sub-surfaces, plumes of steam rising up like nebulous towers through the ferns & into the cold air veiling the morning sun, was all in my mind. We still had another 2 Legs & 6 hours of walking ahead. By 95km, our bodies were seizing & we could have all happily ended it then & there. If the end had been been more than 5 km away, we would have done. We pooled as much wind as we could muster into one sail & drifted off towards the finish line. At 97km, our hobbling picked up. At 98km even more. At 99, we bantered with the crossing lady as cars hooted in support along the street. With the finish line in sight, friends replaced our backpacks & walking poles with fake trophies & beers & we crossed that son-of-a-hairy-assed mole of a line. Nek minnit – photo flashes, medals, smiles, clinking of beer bottles, photos of beat-up feet & hobbling away towards massage tables. So many moments I asked myself why on earth we were doing what we were doing. Why had we agreed to do this in the first place? Why would Oxfam host such a ridiculously stupid event? At 4 o’clock in the morning in the cold & in the darkness, I cursed myself & my sense of pride & knew I should never have gotten involved in this stupid event because in that moment I would have been happier curled up at home in my bed... Well, of course I bloody would... But you were doing this to fundraise for something worthwhile & to have a crack at something you’d never done before, you didn’t want to let down donors & loved ones… We were doing this to empathise with human beings elsewhere that simply have to make this journey every day for food, water & survival. But also, on a purely selfish level, I was doing this to see what I was capable of… And I realised that I’m far more capable than I ever gave myself credit for. We all are, for so many reasons… Let me say that again, slowly… softly… and with purpose… We are all far more capable than we give ourselves credit for… It doesn’t have to take a 100km walk to realise that for yourself. It just did for me… Quotes from the walk – 1. “One foot in front of the other… One foot in front of the other…” 2. “Discipline is less painful than regret” Printed on the back of Pete’s t-shirt, a constant reminder as he was always at the head of our team. 3. “It’s Frank Bunce!” It seems I was the only person in Taupo, naye New Zealand, who didn’t know “who” Frank was 4. “Because I can…” Frank’s answer to anyone who asks why he had another baby at close to 50, but also appropriate for when I was questioning why on earth I was attempting 100k’s. 5. “Look out for the Swedes!” Sage advice from walkers who had already braved the Swede field of death. Swedes are not only a vile vegetable that should only be consumed by cows, but when growing in fields in their millions, are potential ankle breakers. 6. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt) tattooed on a friend’s shoulder. 7. mumble 8. grumble 9. groan 10. “WE MADE IT!” 11. ………. 12. Pshhhhht “Here’s to never again!” clink clink clink 13. ………. 14. Bridgette “2 years time?” Me “Yeah, why not…” ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Check out Youtube link on Achilles http://youtu.be/8sMH5kAO5d4 Achilles International NZ is pleased to be back and really looking forward to the big day, we have 2 from last years team returning, some would say we should have more sense, but the challenge of the Oxfam Trail walk is one of the biggest you can come across and the rewards of getting not only yourself but all the team across the finish line are well worth the effort, this is a true team challenge that includes not only the walkers but all the support crew and sponsors..
Peter Loft and Frank Bunce both did the Trailwalk last year as part of the Achilles Team and now the New York Marathon warm up is out of the way are keen to work up to the real distance. After finishing the 100km in 2011 Tawera Nikau and doing the New York Marathon again Tawera politely :) told me where to go when I suggested Oxfam in 2012., and our 4th member from 2011 Brennan Loft is moving to Kuala Lumpar so we needed two new walkers and they are. Leanne Byers who has some unfinished business at Taupo and Craig Bowie who was in a support crew for Leanne's team last year .
Introducing our team for Oxfam 2012:p>Leanne Byers, Auckland
I entered Oxfam with the NZ Pure team in 2011 and the medical people wouldn’t let me go on after reaching the Taupo 52km checkpoint as I was having major feet problems. I saw Frank and Peter on the trail last year, and was fortunate enough that my really sore feet made quite an impression on them!
This year although I am nervous, it has been a huge help to have Peter's coaching on the run up to the event, although his map reading skills are questionable (or maybe he planned the 2.5 hour walk to be 5 hours??). It's going to be a huge challenge again, I am hoping my lungs and feet hold up for the event. I can't wait to get the finishers medal on the 1st of April!
Peter Loft - Auckland
I am 60 years old and have done 19 Marathons and one Oxfam, after which I said never again, but there you go and here am I again. I work in Fleet Sales for Schofields Holden New Market and in my spare time am Chairperson and Co-founder of Achilles International New Zealand. I have taken Achilles teams to the New York Marathon 14 times since 1993 and while I love the physical challenge of a marathon, it aint got nothing on Oxfam 100km Trailwalk.
Frank and I said we would do Oxfam again for the right reasons and along with helping Leanne get through to get the medal we believe promoting Achilles Kids is a great reason along with the fact we are raising funds for Oxfam which is a great cause.
So while we are out walking come see our support crew and get info about Achilles and what we do. And as it says on our T/Shirts “Discipline is less painfull than regret” for Oxfam you need lots of discipline.
Frank Bunce, Auckland (old bugger / ex All Black/ legend)
Frank has done the New York City Marathon with Achilles and was part of their first Oxfam team in 2011, he is a great supporter of Achilles and in particular Achilles kids.
After being in teams at the highest level all his sporting life the challenge for Frank of Oxfam is that it is a true team event and you are only as good as your weakest link and that could change at any point, if not one of the walkers it could be one of the support crew. The challenge of Oxfam is getting the WHOLE team to the finish" and that for Frank is the challenge and why he puts his rugby knees through 100kms of walking in under 36 hours.
Oxfam is a true victory for humanity.<
Craig Bowie, Auckland
Bio pending - Craig Bowie, Craig s wife Sarah was part of the NZ Pure team in 2011 and Craig was on the support crew, this year the roles are reversed and Craig has a bit of a challenge.
Our support team who we think are amazing:
Sarah Bowie - bio pending
I’m from Greytown, Wairarapa. I met walker Leanne Byers at university 23 years ago. Leanne’s been such an inspiration to me. Her determination and strength in achieving goals is awesome. Plus, she’s a very kind and generous person who I’m proud to call my friend. I want to support Leanne and the rest of her wonderful team, so they can deservedly collect those medals!
We are united by our involvement with Achilles New Zealand - a global charity which supports disabled people to participate in mainstream sport and to achieve their goals. Their mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers. The goal of Achilles is HOPE and POSSIBILITY, to be inclusive, where able bodied and disabled athletes participate together. By completing the Oxfam Trailwalker, we aim to raise awareness of Achilles Kids, an important part of Achilles to support disabled kids in sport throughout New Zealand. www.hopeandpossibility.org
Fundraising summary for this team
We have achieved 101% of our target.
Leader: Peter Loft
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