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From Sylvia's Desk

by Sylvia Arthur

Early April 2005 saw 7 club members attend the 14th Australian Canberra Two Day Medal Walk - an International event with over 1000 walkers from 9 countries taking part. International walkers have a 'passport' of walks to be completed for an award.

The Canberra Two Day Medal Walk is a fun weekend, and a non-profit annual event to: foster and promote walking as a worthwhile, fun activity; enable people to participate in an enjoyable, healthy, outdoor activity regardless of fitness or age; provide a personal challenge to those who wish to test their fitness and/or obtain an award. Success depends on your own performance relative to your selected challenge. A portion of all entry fees is donated to various community organizations.

You are required to nominate 5, 10, 20, or 30km distances and complete your nominated walk both days. Awards are given on completion. Our group received two bronze medals and a Year 2 pin, presented by ambassadors from the Netherlands.

Walks pass through Canberra and it is a great way to 'get your bearings' as you know how difficult it is driving around our lovely capital (or is it only me that can't understand when told to turn 'hard right' when what was really meant was 'hard left'!! - and yes I did end up in the far right lane!! - thanks Anne!) Still, I did eventually find my way into one of Canberra's oldest hotels car park, where we had a great meal. (and who was the male driver who followed me?? And that was after he had read the map!!)

Each night during our stay we managed to find somewhere nice to eat, close to the Youth Hostel where we all stayed. Next year will be the 15th year of the event, and we look forward to enjoying this activity for our third year of club participation.

(Ettremist - Winter 2005)