ON FOOT: Contestants set off on The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s Ballina to Byron charity walk.
ON FOOT: Contestants set off on The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s Ballina to Byron charity walk. Patrick Gorbunovs

Beaut day for a walk

WALKERS participating in the 2013 Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Ballina to Byron Charity Walk were granted blue skies and perfect temperatures as they made the journey from Ballina to Byron Bay yesterday.

The second annual charity walk, which raises money for the Westpac Helicopter Service, gave participants the choice to walk the coastal track for 12km to Lennox Head, 25km to Broken Head or 37km to Byron Bay.

First across the line was Ben Walters from the Byron Bay Runners team, with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes.

In second and third place were Mr Walters' teammates, Jules Devlin and Simon Vyrne, while the first woman across the line was Shari Allison, in a time of 4 hours and 7 minutes.

Approximately 1215 participants began the walk, with about 700 completing the entire 37km track, said event co-ordinator, Kellie Pinkerton.

Ms Pinkerton said she was extremely pleased with the level of support this year, with double the number of entrants from the 2012 walk and a target fund- raising amount of $80,000.

She said she commended anyone who took on the 37km walk.

"It's a massive challenge," she said.

"There will be lots of sore legs tomorrow!"

At the finish line in Byron Bay, a sort of 'welcome fair' was set up, with a BBQ, jumping castle, free water and snacks, first aid and a podiatrist tent to tend to sore feet.

Linda Kelly, of Clunes, was enjoying some free fruit and yoghurt at the finish line, happy to have completed the testing track.

She said while she'll be hurting tomorrow, at no point did she think of giving up, in fact, she enjoyed the walk and it's sites thor- oughly.

Winning walkers

Men:

  • First: Ben Walters
  • Second: Jules Devlin
  • Third: Simon Vyrne

Women:

  • First: Shari Allison
  • Second: Vanessa Gordon-Calam
  • Third: Belinda Moore


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