Gympie adventurers stick together to complete trek
TWO other Gympie teams confronted the weekend's 2015 Kokoda Challenge in the Gold Coast hinterland and crossed the finish line before the 39-hour limit.
Dean Walker of Gympie Wealth Directions teamed up with Groves Electrical's Harry Long and Doug Rose and Nestle's Jason Lord.
A second super team comprising two teams of four included Darren Burns, Clive Bishop, Ross Groundwater, Glen Madsen, Warren Williams, John Cartwright, Tim Lee and David Fletcher.
The Dean Walker team finished with a time of 24 hours and 28 minutes while Darren Burns' team managed a time of 27 hours and 20 minutes.
"We set ourselves a loose goal of around 24 hours, not knowing what we were really going to go through," Mr Walker said.
"It was a really good experience and before we set off, we got tips (to make things more comfortable)."
Mr Burns said his team battled fatigue and aches and pains, but supported each other right until the finish.
"We stuck together and kept a steady pace," he said. "We did not want to go out too hard at the start and burn ourselves up before the end of the trek."
Both teams got involved for the first time this year.
Mr Rose saw a brochure at a gym while Mr Burns' team was looking for a new challenge after doing a Tough Mudder event a few years ago.
Mr Groundwater wrapped up the experience, saying it was "personally rewarding" and an "unreal experience".
"I did not know what to expect but I have to thank our support crew for all the work they did helping us," he said.
"I wouldn't rule out doing it again."