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Kokoda Challenge Training

7/05/2015
by Brigid Muir 
 
The Noosa District State High School student and teacher Kokoda Challenge teams embarked on a 32 kilometre night training session with two laps completed from Tewantin through the Tewantin State Forest and up Tinbeerwah Mountain and back to prepare for the 96 kilometre endurance event on the Gold Coast in July. The Noosa District State High School student and teacher Kokoda Challenge teams embarked on a 32 kilometre night training session with two laps completed from Tewantin through the Tewantin State Forest and up Tinbeerwah Mountain and back to prepare for the 96 kilometre endurance event on the Gold Coast in July.
 
Participants were excited and nervous as it was the first time the teams have trained at night traversing through bush and scrubland, as previous training sessions were conducted during the day or at night along pavements and streets.
 
Conditions were boggy, slippery and muddy due to the recent torrential rain events of the past week, and there were a few minor slips and falls.
 
Headlamps also proved to be another added element to worry about and master, with Year 11 Coordinator Bridge Muir causing much hilarity, when it was discovered that her “dodgy” headlamp, which appeared to be malfunctioning, was simply due to the fact that she was wearing it upside down, with it pointing up at the sky for over 16 kilometres of the training session.
 
The teams took in night time views atop the summit of Mt Tinbeerwah, refuelled and rehydrated and watched distant lightning light up clouds over the Pacific Ocean.
 
Beanies, hoodies and jackets were quickly donned during the stop, as bodies began to warm down and feel the crisp Autumn air on the exposed, windy mountain summit.
The second lap of Tewantin to Tinbeerwah and the return to “base camp” (team leader Dean McMaster’s home) was completed 40 minutes faster than the previous lap as there were less stops as well as the added incentive of returning home to long, hot showers removing many layers of caked on mud and sweat.
 
Local businesses or individuals who wish to financially support the NDSHS Kokoda Challenge teams through a donation are to contact team leader Dean McMaster at the school on 5472 2222 or email dmcma41@eq.edu.au
 
Our two student teams need urgent financial help to meet the Kokoda Challenge registration costs.
 
The next training session will be held after school on Friday, May 8, with the Kokoda Challenge teams, plus other teachers and students who just wish to participate for fun and fitness, climbing Mount Coolum.
 
“This session will be considered ‘an easy walk in the park’ after the most recent training,” Mr McMaster said.