Mud, sweat and tears as Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney ends

Media Releases article written on the 24 Aug 2014

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney finished this morning with almost 1500 walkers completing the gruelling 100km endurance challenge.

Walkers faced wet and muddy conditions across the weekend but the rain wasn’t enough to slow the fastest team, Hammer Nutrition, who set a new event record of 11 hours and 22 minutes as they crossed the finish line on Friday night.

Almost 90% of teams managed to reach the finish line. The weather conditions proved to be an extra challenge with only one third of teams crossing the finish line as a complete team of four.

While the average finishing times for teams this year was almost three hours slower than in 2013, the spirits of our walkers and fundraising efforts remained high, with the event raising more than $2 million for people living in poverty around the world.

 Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney statistics:

  • 1496 (67%) of walkers finished the trail
  • 479 (86%) finished with at least one team member
  • 203 (36%) completed the trail as a full team of four
  • Average time to complete 100km was 32 hours 50 minutes
  • Average team fundraising total was almost $3700

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo said all participants should be congratulated for their impressive efforts on the trail.

“The heavy rain made this year’s event an even greater challenge than in previous years with walkers pressing on through some particularly tough conditions,” said Mr Hunghanfoo.

“We’ve seen amazing perseverance and determination from our walkers, and owe a big thanks to the almost 3000 support crew members and volunteers who provided encouragement and support throughout the weekend.”

To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782.