BOPDHB Checkup April 2019 - Page 10

OXFAM Trailwalker 2019 By Troy Browne, Medical Leader Surgical Services on behalf of the BOPDHB team Don’t Worry BEE Happy. Our team this year was named ‘Don’t Worry BEE Happy’, as we were not going to worry if the bees were happy. Last year was a bee sting extravaganza. I went for a 23 km test run about 18 days before race day (which worked well – 2hr 36 with some good hills), followed by a 10km three days later, which saw me back to limping. So, I packed it up, and decided I could run 10 km straight on the day, followed by a total of no more than a marathon over 100km in bits and pieces. Our team supported this approach, and on the day all four delivered in our own special way – by leading in every area where we were individually expert. Patrick spiritually and motivationally (with a ton of mobile music), Lauren as the coach to all, James by demonstrating how easy it was, and me by knowing how best to get the weakest body over 100km as fast as possible and still able to run at the end. The team this year included colleagues from last year, Patrick White and Lauren Assink, with a newbie Senior House Officer James Chancellor. James is very fit and noted where I fitted in. We had an awesome support crew consisting of Business Leader Surgical Services Dot McKeown and her daughter Kate. A highlight was stopping in about the middle to remember the Christchurch massacre, with Patrick leading the prayer in fluent Te Reo. Other highlights were rejoicing the marathon mark, the 58 km mark (only a marathon to go), and the 79 km mark (only a half marathon to go). This was my 4th OXFAM 100km, being a survivor of the epic OTW 2016 – an event off the scale by difficulty and weather – more than a double whammy - two squared!! My only leadership was to state that if we passed the team ahead of us, we should do it politely, and then run and don’t look back (Mission Impossible style). We did pass them, and the other three started running, and I got to enjoy running about 3+ km of the Birdwalk track to the 100km mark. This track is no joke. Lauren led this well, being an expert and knowing every inch of the track. I recall messages being passed back to check on me, and I was always close enough that I could hear them. Running this type of trail at night is another story, as it is steep, made of tree root steps and very unforgiving if you get it wrong. Luckily, our best falls were on the flat stuff. I enjoyed mine on flat grass outside of Rewatu Marae (55Km), and it was interesting to see Patrick hit the beach sand at Ōhope (76km). This was the 100km fundraiser for OXFAM NZ 2019. An event that I have become addicted to, and strongly support. My challenge was that I dropped a massive tree on my left foot 4 January this year. This meant I simply could not train and limped about until about two weeks before this ‘walking’ event which we intended to run. My other challenge (apart from the tree) was that my colleagues were always going to be fitter than me (despite Patrick being older). I have learned that being a member of a strong good team will always result in good outcomes. 10