The 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney charity challenge has finished up for another year, with the final teams crossing the finish line at Georges Heights Oval in Mosman just after sunrise this morning.
Two teams, The Griswalds and Spirited Meanderers, were the final walkers to finish the event, wrapping up at 6:52am after 44 hours and 52 minutes on the trail.
In total, 1645 people – about three quarters of those who started the walk in Brooklyn on Friday – completed the 100km. Of the 543 teams that started, 512 finished with at least one walker.
Oxfam Trailwalker spokesman Brett Long congratulated everyone who had taken part in the endurance event that raises money to support Oxfam’s work to fight poverty around the world.
“Oxfam Trailwalker is one of Australia’s toughest charity events, with people challenging themselves to walk or run 100km of rugged Sydney bush in less than 48 hours.
“Everyone who gets involved in this event is an inspiration, from the teams, to their support crews and our incredible staff and volunteers,” he said.
“We’d also like to thank all those who helped ensure the safety of participants over the event, including the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad, NSW Police, Ambulance NSW, CREST radio operators and St John Ambulance Service.”
The first team across the line, No Roads Expeditions, did so in 12:18 smashing the mixed team record of 13:25 set in 2009 by the Berowra Bush Runners. The average time to complete the 100km event this year was 29:15.
There were also some incredible fundraising achievements. For only the second time in Oxfam Trailwalker Australia history, a team has cracked the $100,000 mark, with Team ClubsNSW having raised more than $102,000.
ClubsNSW is one of five teams that have raised more than $20,000 in 2012 and another 22 teams have raised in excess of $10,000 each.
Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney aims to raise $3.2 million, and almost $2.5 million has already been raised.
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