Stu Ford Memorial Challenge – Walk, Talk & Love
15 October 2022
Garawarra Farm Carpark
Walk- for Heart Health, Talk- for Mental Health, and Love- Yourself, Stu Ford and his Family, and those who need our help in Northern Uganda.
Whilst cycling the height of Everest is achievable and excitable for some (arguably the insane, elite athletes, and those who enjoy the sweat and possibly a certain level of chafing); a picturesque bushwalk may be more realistic and desirable for others (those who wish to talk not puff, those who enjoy a picnic over a sports gel, and those who ultimately prefer cotton over lycra).
|Come join me, Kate (Flash, Main Bar and Granny, according to running folk law); for a social walk, that will encompass rainforest scenery, and amazing views over Era and Garie.
In our running community, Stu had the nickname of ‘Shirley Temple’ due to his handsome, but alas, non-aerodynamic curls. Feel free to reconcile my glamourous titles on the walk, as I look forward to hearing your stories also.
Start: 9 AM
Course: The Burgh Ridge Track, Garawarra Farm to Coast Track Return
|Can I make it? The walk is < 2.9km, descending for the first half, and then ascending on the way back. There are plenty of opportunities, for both photographic and rest stops, and our pace will be leisurely. In the majority, the track is either boardwalk or sandstone stairs, and 50% of the walk is in shaded terrain. The estimated duration is approximately 1 hour, allowing plenty of time to be back for an 11 AM Ceremony in Stu’s honour at Governor Game Lookout.|
What to wear: Hat, sunscreen, Aeroguard or similar if you are concerned about bugs, or leeches that come out in wet weather.
Comfortable, casual and sun protective clothing.
Hiking boots or sneakers for footwear.
What to bring: A minimum of 1 litre of water. Trail snacks- fruit, nuts, sandwiches, lollies. Camera.
Location & Transport:
The walk starts from Garawarra Farm Carpark. Once turning onto Garie Rd, ‘Garawarra Farm Rd’ is almost immediately to the right (Governor Game Lookout is a close 2nd turn to the right.)
The 1.5km Farm Road is rough and dirty. Provided there has not been excessive rain, non-lowered 2-wheel drive cars and above should be fine at slow speed.
We ask all those attending the walk to use the parking facilities at Garawarra Farm freeing up parking closer to the Garie Lookout HQ for riders. We shall provide a ferry service following the walk from Garawarra Farm to HQ for the ceremony and then back again after the ceremony.
Cost: No need to pay upon registration, just donate a gold coin amount or more to Stu’s chosen charities. While registration is not mandatory, it will assist the organisers to gauge the level of interest.
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We hope to see you there!