Julie McPherson

Adelaide Coastrek 30km

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195
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My target 200kms

I’m taking on Adelaide Coastrek!

On Friday 20 September, I'll be taking part in Adelaide Coastrek, the ultimate team trekking and fundraising challenge, proudly supporting Beyond Blue.

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My Story

At the finishing line

A great feeling crossing the finishing line and receiving our medals tongue-outlaughing

Fitbit map of our completed Trek

Here's the proof of our impressive 30k Trek. Beautiful coastrek all the way, long sandy beaches and gorgeous scenery from Granite Island as we crossed the causeway.

Our T-shirts in memory of Aurora

My T-shirt design for Aurora, a heart of violet's – one of Aurora's middle names 'Violet' – Violet Femmes team name.

We did it!

Great day! Completed 30k in 6 hours 54 mins. Loved every minute. The weather was perfect, rain arrived just as we finished.

Solo walking

We can't always get together as a team for training and so walking in silence for a couple of hours in amongst nature can be a good thing to clear the mind, like my yoga meditation does.cool

Our Team T-shirt Design

Pleased with my t-shirt design which is a tribute to my daughter Aurora who passed away aged 18, 4 years ago. One of her middle names is Violet so I've taken my FB Profile Image I created for her – a heart of violets. I took up walking when I lost Aurora so she is the reason I am doing this Trek and to support Beyond Blue, since I now advocate for better youth mental health. I'll be thinking of her as I cross that finish line.

Some coastal scenery

From the Hills to the Coastline – enjoying getting out and about taking on new challenges. Where to next with 4 weeks to go . . .

20km walk along the coastline

It was a freezing cold, wet, windy day, but we braved it on Sunday – setting off at 9.30am and it was the first time as a full team. Our goal was 20km and we achieved it even though we got soaked and sand blasted. We finished off the afternoon at the Seacliff Hotel celebrating with bubbles and hot wedges after 4 hours walking, before returning to the hills which was covered in hail stones, looking like snow. We figured the weather shouldn't be this bad on the actual event day – so feeling confident smile

Training session – Linear Park Trail to Henley Beach

Past the Brewery on our way to Henley Beach, feeling good in perfect weather until we hit the wall around the 24k mark on the way back – slowed down tongue-out

Blisters

Breaking in the new treking shoes. We had a bumper training walk on Saturday, along the Linear Park trail – from Melbourne Street to Henley Beach and back again. At about 20k a couple blisters needed attention – not too bad yell

Walking alongside nature at Belair National Park

Could not have asked for a better day's weather on Saturday for our training session. My team mate Gillian and I soon warmed up after a couple of K's and had many beautiful nature spots like this one to take in. I hope our Trek weather will be as good as this but prepared for anything.

Belair National Park – Adventure Loop Trail Walk 13k

Stepping up the K's with 8 weeks to go to the big Trek. Team mate Gillian and I walked 13.38k in 2:49 mins. Perfect weather, beautiful nature environment.

Training at night

When you're time poor, working through the week and you need to get moving after sitting at a computer all day – you fit a quick 3-4k walk in around the block in the evening. I pass the Bridgewater Inn 3 times with my laps – tempting!

Aurora's 4th Anniversary Walk

On July 1st, in memory of Aurora I walked a solo 15k 'Adventure Loop Trail' at Belair National Park, over 2hrs 51 mins. Being amongst nature, exercising and solitude helped me through this day. My total km for the day ended up being 17.68, my fitbit was very pleased with me.

Today's solo 9k walk

Perfect day for walking, no rain or wind with a cool temperature allowing for warming up. Felt like I could have walked forever. Came across two horses on a property that was the former family home of Alexander Downer.

Fairy Village

Surprising find on my walk last week-end – a Fairy Village in the woods

Yoga

Resumed yoga classes on Wednesday night after a 2 week break. Yoga will be an important part of training to keep flexible and focused with meditation. Will be dedicating any personal mantras to my goals and completing the Trek! Om, Om, Om

Chocolate nearly finished

I’m nearly at the end of my Easter and Mother’s Day chocolate so going to reduce my sugar intake further to start eating healthier towards my training. 🍭🍫❎   🌶 🍅 ✅ 

Weekend walks

Managed two 3k walks this weekend in amongst a busy schedule - one in the dark, rain,☂️ thunder and lightning 🌩⚡️ - dodging puddles and slippery rocks. Feet and sneakers saturated💦 - note to self to get new walking shoes soon.🤔

Zumba Class

My team member Gillian and I kick started our fitness training at Zumba last night 👯‍♀️

 

 

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anne Mchugh

A great effort thinking of you

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Anonymous

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Jonathan Smith

Don’t break a leg!

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Emma And Andreas Clark

Good luck, Julie! Have fun! X

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Jaks And Robert

With you all the way Jools

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Tweak&co

Great effort Julie, keep going! :)

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Katherine Timotheou

Good luck Julie x

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Ruth Angove

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Suzanne Moorhead

Well done Julie, what a star! Take care of yourself. xx

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Wendy & Scott

Good luck! Thinking of you, Wendy (Mum) & Scott. xx

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Robyn Pettigrew

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Tim Blennerhassett

You're an inspiration Julie. Enjoy the scenery(to take the mind of sore feet). Regards, Tim

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Wendy Scarborough

Awesome effort to all the Violet Femmes 💜

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Renee And Darian Clark

Good luck! Enjoy the walk!

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Julie Mcpherson

One last donation for Aurora 💜

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Lesley Paterson

Wishing you and your team a fantastic walk for this great cause xx

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Gregory Clark

Congratulations and keep going...thrilled to help out

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Bnd

I expect a blister for this. Love nick

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Clay Spehr

Goodluck Julie, fantastic cause

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Emily Jamieson

Go smash it Julie x

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Danielle Vincent

I'm sure you'll kick ass Jules!

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Anonymous

go Julie

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Tigerlily

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Julie Mcpherson

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Finsbury Green

Well done Julie

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Alison Boyd

This is wonderful, Julie. x And you're certainly training in a beautiful part of the world!

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Sharon Read

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Kerry Mcpherson

Good luck Julie

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Tamara Whittaker

Wishing you all the best on your trek... what an incredible mum you are to find this strength! Thinking of you and wishing you luck! xx

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Maree

May the wind be on your back and your feet carry you through. Sending you lots of love. Xx

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Jayne Dance

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Carol Goodwin

You are a tower of strength!

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Gregory Clark

Go Julie

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Anonymous

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Michael And Denise Ardlie

Happy walking and enjoy. X

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Penny Smith

All the best Julie x

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Sally Aebi

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Sarah Treloar

💗

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Cjs Hairdressing

Wishing you an amazing journey Julie and team. What an amazing challenge xx

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Carole Hall

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Rachael ,jason, Nikita And Malyka

Great cause, you’ve got this Julie 💕

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Fiona Higgins

Excellent effort Julie

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Rose Smail

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Christine And Bob Pettitt

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Robyn Sainsbury

Well done, Julie :-)

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Lyn & Robert

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Cordelia Mcpherson-smith

Hope you don’t faint

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Pier Vido

Wish you and your team the best to achieve your goals, and spread the message.

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Simon Kennerdale

Enjoy!

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Amaya Heywood

A good cause. Good on you Julie. I hope you really enjoy the walk.

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Cheryl Huff

Good for you Julie, for taking on this personal challenge . You are an inspiration !!

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Tahnae Mortimer

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Kathryn Vernon

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Margaret Low

Go well team!

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Mark Orel

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Sheila Saville

Way to go Julie! thank you for being the person who DOES it!

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Jackie Blows

Well done Julie! Hope all goes well xx

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Judy Burke

Go Julie! You're amazing.

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Joy Mallett O.a.m.

Good luck with the ride.

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Robin Goodfellow

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Andy Vine

Good work Julie!!

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Christine Fields

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Lynda Barclay

Happy trekking for a great cause, Julie.

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Barbara Cooper Cooper