PUBLISHED ON: 14 March 2013
When a travel log entry includes the phrase "late start, 6am", you know the people involved are pretty determined. But if you've already heard about Alan Murray and Janette Murray-Wakelin's inspiring plan to run around the country for charity, this probably comes as no big surprise!
When we checked in with Janette recently, she told us that their journey is going well — although running in extreme heat and coping with seemingly unstoppable sandflies has been very challenging. The wonderful people she and Alan are meeting along the way, and the tremendous positive response they are receiving through their Facebook page is proving a great source of motivation for them. Highlights so far include chance animal encounters like "watching a herd of cows rounding up a mob of kangaroos before running over to the fence to greet us" and a lost little bird they kindly helped back to a tree.
Plenty of fresh fruit and vegies are keeping this raw vegan duo in fine form, with delicious smoothies and meals like healthy raw pumpkin pasta giving them the energy they need to keep running. They even have enough to share with friendly locals, like this little sugar glider who helped them finish their watermelon!
On February 16 they achieved their own personal best ultra endurance running record of 51 consecutive marathons covering 2187.378 kilometres — so every step over the next nine months will be a new personal best for them.
You can follow Janette and Alan's amazing adventure through their regular updates and photos on Facebook. And if you'd like to help them raise funds for animals, you can make a donation to Animals Australia through their website.
Inspired? You can set yourself a challenge to raise funds for Animals Australia too! Just head to our online fundraising page -- it's really simple to get going.