The first team has crossed the finish line at Oxfam Trailwalker Perth after completing the tough 100km challenge in an impressive time of just 14 hours and 7 minutes.
The three Perth locals from ‘Team Wobblegutz’, Jeremy McKerracher, 34 of Nedlands, Stephen Massey, 32 of Cottesloe and Jessica Kierath, 27 of Swanbourne crossed the line just after 9.00pm.
Team member Jessica Kierath said the team faced some challenges but thanks to their support crew they reached the finish line in good time.
“Our support crew was made up of family and friends, the support they provided was amazing and there were so many checkpoints we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Ms Kierath.
“Unfortunately our fourth team member had to drop out at checkpoint three, it was a shame because we would’ve liked to finish together.
“I have done 100km by myself and doing it as a team is very different. It was nice not to be on your own, it’s such a long way and having each other there to encourage and keep things positive made all the difference.”
Team Wobblegutz returned this year to defend their title as one of the fastest teams to complete the challenging course in 2013. Not only did they do this, the team also managed to beat their previous time by 25 minutes.
“I think a good support crew, training and our fantastic team leader Jeremy was key for us at this event.”
The teams were met with champagne and loud cheering from their family and support crew who met the team along the track throughout the day.
More than 300 teams will continue along the trail throughout the weekend, with all teams due to reach the finish line by Sunday morning.
This is the second year Perth has hosted the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge, which has raised more than $1 million for people living in poverty.
To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782.