Oxfam can confirm that the decision has been taken to cancel the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Perth event due to bad weather, with the 50km event scheduled to continue on Saturday morning. The 100km event was due to begin at 7am tomorrow.
Teams registered to take part in the cancelled 100km event have been invited to take part in the 50km event on Saturday, when conditions are expected to improve.
Event organisers have been working closely with stakeholders over the last two days to closely monitor weather patterns and conditions on the trail, which starts at Darlington and finishes at Forrestfield.
The decision to cancel the 100km event was taken at 2.30pm this afternoon in order to ensure the safety of the more than 600 participants registered.
Reports have predicted severe weather of rain and gale force winds to hit Perth around the Kalamunda region, which is expected to clear by Saturday morning.
“Our primary concern is ensuring the safety of all participants, volunteers and support crew, and as such, we have made the decision to cancel the 100km event,” said Oxfam Australia spokeswoman Kate Delbridge.
“While this is very unfortunate news for the hundreds of participants scheduled to start the walk tomorrow morning, it is necessary to ensure the safety of all involved.”
Event organisers will continue to work closely with emergency services and are confident at this stage that the 50km event will continue on Saturday, with bad weather expected to ease.
All participants have been notified of the decision.
Additional Information about the event:
- Oxfam Trailwalker consists of teams of four walking 100km in 48 hours or less, or 50km in 24 hours or less
- The 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Perth event had about 150 teams of four registered to take part, with the first start time scheduled for 7am tomorrow
- The 50km event has about 400 people registered, scheduled to begin at 7am on Saturday morning
- Oxfam Trailwalker takes place annually in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and raises millions of dollars each year for Oxfam’s work tackling global poverty.
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