A 70km and 7 hills run challenge in aid of charity

17 May 2019 / Categories: DA News and Events

Fiona Gordon from the Technology School recently embarked on a 70km run including 7 hills along with her husband, Chris, in a local town called Wodonga in Victoria, Australia to raise funds for charities for cancer and dementia. 

Starting at 04:15 am on Saturday 11 May, Fiona Gordon, (Information Capability) and her Australian husband, Chris, set off to run a gruelling 70 km, climbing 7 hills, totalling a 7000ft ascent/descent in her husband's local town of Wodonga in Victoria, Australia, all to raise funds and awareness around cancer and dementia.  It was also a memorial run for Fiona's adopted sister, Kate, who died suddenly in February.

“We wanted to do something to kick back at the two biggest killers that rips families apart - the big C and the big D. We both love running the hills and trails around Wodonga and thought, could we link them and attempt to run them non-stop?”

The couple finished their self-set challenge well under the time they allowed.  

“We had perfect weather conditions and felt really good, maintaining a consistent 'talking' pace.  So we were delighted to finish just 9 hours later, we almost didn't want it to end!”

And her husband, added 

“Our tough 9 hours was nothing compared to those battling cancer or dementia. Everyone else is going though things that have gone months or years with treatment.”

Their epic challenge has raised nearly £800 so far for the Albury-Wodonga Cancer Centre, Westmont Dementia Care Trust and the Kate Weir Memorial Trust. Donations can be made by visiting their Just Giving page


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