Perth teams complete 100km challenge proving it can walk the walk

Media Releases, Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 12 Oct 2014

The second-ever Oxfam Trailwalker Perth came to an end in the early hours of this morning with the last of more than 1200 walkers crossing the finish line at Lesmurdie just before 3.00am.

Of the 1220 people who set off on Friday on the 100km journey, an impressive 920 reached the finish line at various times throughout the weekend. A little less than half of the 305 teams who started crossed the line as a full team of four.

This year’s fastest team, ‘Team Wobblegutz’ took just 14 hours and 7 minutes to complete the trail and in an amazing display of determination the final team, ‘Looney-chicks with Sticks’, made it to the finish after almost 42 hours of walking.

Oxfam Trailwalker Perth Event Coordinator Carrie Fletcher said it’s a great feeling to wrap up the second-ever Oxfam Trailwalker event for Perth.

“It’s been a challenging and tiring weekend for walkers out on the trail, but with the help of fantastic weather conditions and our amazing volunteers, it’s been a very safe and successful event,” said Ms Fletcher.

“We’re so impressed that three-quarters of all walkers managed to complete the tough 100km course, and have really seen the power of teamwork with almost half of the teams finishing as a full team of four.”

While the average finishing times for teams was slightly slower than in 2013, the fundraising efforts of teams was as strong as ever, with the event raising more than $1 million for people living in poverty around the world.

 Oxfam Trailwalker Perth statistics:

  • 920 (67%) of walkers finished the trail
  • 285 (93%) finished with at least one team member
  • 318 (45%) completed the trail as a full team of four
  • Average time to complete 100km was 31 hours 18 minutes
  • Average team fundraising total was $3549

“We owe a huge thanks to the almost 2000 support crew members and volunteers who came out to help over the weekend providing much-needed encouragement and assistance along the trail,” said Ms Fletcher.

“Not to mention all those people who made a donation to the teams, which will make a huge difference to the lives of those living in poverty around the world.

“It’s been great to see Perth really get behind Oxfam Trailwalker which is only in its second year here, and we hope to see even more people give this rewarding event a go in 2015!”  

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