In its third year now, through sponsorships and donations Griffo’s Challenge raised over $225,000 this year for ICON and Cure Brain cancer foundation.

Kicked off again by founder ex-wallaby Mark Connors – Buzzard reminded everyone (as it started to rain) that the idea of the run was to feel some of Damian Griffin’s pain and discomfort. “Griffo” was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000.

Mark’s idea behind the “challenge” was to raise money to support Damian and his family following Damian’s diagnosis of brain cancer. Typical of Damian, he said that the people who needed the money were the people who had devoted themselves to finding a cure. As a result the support for “HOCARC” (now called ICON) began in 2012. In 2015, given the funds generated by Griffo’s Challenge in 2012 and 2013, the Challenge also chose to support the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

After the race, Professor Charlie Teo AM, brain surgeon guru and great Australian, spoke on behalf of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. In chilling statistics, he told the runners that brain cancer is the number one killer of children, not only of any cancer but of any disease. Despite this, brain cancer research receives the least amount of government funding. It relies on funding from community activities such as Griffo’s Challenge.

Thank you to all those family and friends of BWB who donated and sponsored the BWB team. Congratulations to Zoe Adams, Annabel Myatt and Dan Stewart for completing the full 21km. Well done also to Amy Hollis for completing the 14km, after aiming to complete the 7km and well done also to Emily Myatt, Courtney Stewart and Kristelle Eager for knocking out the 7km loop.

Personally, I was gutted (and surprised!?) that my time of 2 hours 20 minutes didn’t get me onto the podium. The winning time was 1 hour 27 minutes so there must have been very little in it. Many thanks to my good friends, Nomiki Glynatsis and Peter Christopherson for trudging along at my pace for the whole 21km.

Thanks to Emily Abbot and Jennifer Ryder not only for arranging the firm’s sponsorship of the event but in volunteering on the day (“watch the tiles, they’re slippery!”).

Many thanks to Buzzard for organising such an inspiring event.

Love you Griff. See you all next year.