Marta Pearce

Melbourne Coastrek 2020 - 60km

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I’m taking on Melbourne Coastrek!

On Friday 22 May, I'll be taking part in Melbourne Coastrek, the ultimate team trekking and fundraising challenge, proudly supporting Beyond Blue.

Did you know that three million people in Australia are living with anxiety and depression?

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My Story

30km walk! Longest one yet

Today I walked over 30km with my awesome team. We kept it local and walked the ~30km Capital City Trail loop. We started at Federation Square and walked counterclockwise. I was worried how I would go walking for 6+ hours, but with the awesome company I had, the hours just whiled away. We're all getting stronger and fitter, and developing some tough feet! Next milestone training walk is a 40km walk in April. Stay tuned, and thank you for you support.

Our team comes together!

Today was the third team training walk, and we were all able to make it! We walked over 3 hours, for a total ot 16.85km along the foreshore. The weather was just brilliant. 

Our first walk was just over 10kms around the Yarra river, and our second walk was 19.7kms around the Maribyrnong river. There's something about walking near water that's really refreshing and relaxing. Having said that, it doesn't stop the feet and legs complaining!

Where will our next walk take us?

Signing up

There are many reasons people might choose to do a challenge like this. For me there were two main ones:

1. A new challenge

The idea of walking 60km is daunting and not something I would have ever considered. Who would want to spend over 12 hours on their feet walking? It seemed impossible. I guess that's part of the attraction - to see if I can commit to doing something so seemingly unattainable, to commit to the training, both physical and mental, and to push myself beyond what I thought was possible.

2. Fundraining for Beyond Blue

Working in the mental health area, I've seen first hand the great work that Beyond Blue have done in reducing the stigma around mental health disorders, and specifically around depression and anxiety. They've made it possible for people to talk about it, and to seek help. However there are still many barriers which exist and more that can be done to improve access and further reduce stigma. This is a charity I feel aligned with and am happy to support.

This is only the beginning of my journey (and my legs and feet are already sore), so I hope you can support me along the way, and contribute to the great work done by Beyond Blue.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$10

Lauren O'keefe

You know I'd give you more but you also know the whole funemployment situation ;)

$31

Bruce Phillips

$30

Karen Hill

Good luck girls. You'll romp it in

$52

Ryan Kelly