MARATHON WALKER: Allie Connolly, of Evans Head, on her latest walk across the Nullarbor.
MARATHON WALKER: Allie Connolly, of Evans Head, on her latest walk across the Nullarbor. Contributed

IN SIX years, Allie Connolly has trekked 4000km on different

IN SIX years, Allie Connolly has trekked 4000km on different walks around the world.

The 65-year-old Evans Head resident said that doesn't even include her training walks where a 10km jaunt is just a warm-up.

"I started with the Kokoda Trail on my 60th birthday," she said.

Her latest achievement was to walk the Nullarbor in 28 days.

For the uninitiated, between Norseman, WA, to Ceduna, SA, that is 1208km or 43km a day.

"I didn't have a day off," Ms Connolly said.

"A lot of people tried to talk me out of it."

With the help of husband Paul and son Greg, who rode his bike some of the way with her, Ms Connolly would start her walking day at 5am.

"I would pack up camp and the caravan and meet her a few hours down the road," Mr Connolly said.

"Then we'd take a break and do the same again until lunchtime."

Ms Connolly's highlight, despite plenty of rain and numerous trucks whizzing past, was the feeling of finishing.

"I was emotional and ecstatic," she said.

"It's a real high as it's your achievement."

Other walks Ms Connolly has finished include the Kerry Ring in Ireland, the Larapinta Trail, the Burke and Wills walk, which was a fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes, and the Camino Way in Spain, to name a few. "In August I'm going to Scotland and walking around Loch Lomond," she said.



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