Farmer Jessica prepares for world record attempt
COMBINING her passion for human health and her heart for the land, North Burnett farmer Jessica Ehrlich is raising funds for Drought Angels while attempting to set the female world record for the World's Longest Solo Obstacle Course.
The determined mother-of-three and naturopath will begin the record attempt on August 1, racing the clock to complete a total of 500km and 1000 obstacles within a 12-day time frame.
Ehrlich is fundraising under the moniker 'Muddy Mummy' and will need to complete a minimum of 42km and 105 obstacles each day, to achieve the world record.
The course is a certified 15.5km outdoor loop of mixed terrain near Eidsvold, and Ehrlich attempt will be monitored by GPS and official timekeepers, and recorded with the Australian Book of Records.
"I will have to swim in the creek, run steep inclines and tunnels, carry weights, drag tyres and navigate wire fencing - not to mention the wildlife," Ehrlich said.
"Tackling the environment and the natural terrain is all part of the challenge.
"I will be pushing myself physically and mentally for this endurance event, breaking the course down to focus on each obstacle and each step. I will really be living in the moment."
Every obstacle must be completed for Ehrlich to be successful in her attempt.
One person who understands the challenge she will face is her friend and advisor, David Holleran, who set the record for the World's Longest Solo Obstacle Course in April 2018.
Mr Holleran knows the course well, having built it himself and completing it in just 10 days, all while raising $10,000 for helicopter rescue LifeFlight.
"I believe in Jessica. She has the grit and the focus for endurance and her heart is in it," Mr Holleran said.
"And she is raising money for Drought Angels, a terrific cause.
"I know people will get behind her, even run beside her, to support her personal mission and her fundraising."
Drought Angels supports Australian farmers when times get tough and Ehrlich, who operates primary produce businesses with her partner Andrew and their three young children, knows first-hand the challenges farmers face.
"It's good to be fundraising for a bigger picture and at the same time gratifying to be giving myself this opportunity to see what I am capable of," Ehrlich said.
"Not just racing the track itself but the impact that the whole undertaking potentially has for delivering positive experiences into our family life and launching new vigour for our businesses.
"I am inspired by the adventure of it all."