Originally written by MARK ROBINSON
BRUISED and battered but with a smile on their faces 15 teams were expected to cross the finish line of the Serra Terror Trek.
While physically demanding, participants and organisers enjoyed the two day hike.
“It went really well, it was a very successful two days,” Organising committee member, Kathy Sommerville said.
With the sound of bagpipes in the air, the first team set off on the 80 kilometre walk at 7am Saturday.
Teams trekked through Mt Abrupt, The Swamp, Griffin Picnic Ground, Cassidy’s Gap Road, The Piccaninny and Mt Sturgeon.
The Bushrangers team recorded the fastest time completing the trek in 12 hours and 40 minutes.
When contacted, organising committee member Maree Willey said four teams were still expected to cross the finish line early Monday morning.
All the hard work and training paid off with some teams even surprising themselves, organising committee member, Ms Willey said.
“Interestingly some people found it a lot easier than they thought they would.”
A few of the teams were a member short when they crossed the finish line because of a few minor injuries.
“Blisters and twisted ankles and things like that but nothing too major,” Ms Willey said.
“By all accounts everybody is so happy from participants to officials, marshals, organisers and support crews.”
Teams which travelled from abroad found the scenery stunning and the terrain interesting.
The Gariwerd 0’s were awarded an accommodation package at the Royal Mail Hotel for raising the most money with $1645.
Ms Willey said a rough estimation of total funds raised was $15,000 which was a good result.
“It exceeded all our expectations as far as people’s enjoyment,” Ms Willey said.
“Our vision is to continue with the trek each year.”