Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) September 21, 2009 -- WALKING 100kms in tough Australian bush terrain in just over 29 hours with no sleep sounds like torture for most, but not for a team of workmates from a leading Sydney surveying, planning and engineering firm.
Bowdens Group team members Adrian Seidler, Matthew Glen, Minh Tran and Steven Gott have just returned from finishing the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge, which raises much needed funds for disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.
The team raised almost $2,500 for Oxfam by completing the challenge in 29.5 hours, which was meant to be completed in 48 hours.
The Oxfam Trailwalker is renowned as one of the toughest and greatest treks, requiring participants to cross 100 km of Australian bush in under 48 hours. The trail stretches from the Hawkesbury River to Sydney Harbour, finishing at Georges Heights in Mosman.
Team leader for Bowdens, Steven Gott, said the trip was a little more arduous than the team had expected.
"Honestly, the trip was a little harder than we expected," Mr Gott said. "It was more the mental component rather than the physical side as we kept thinking about the 100kms and the distance ahead, the finish line was a very welcomed place.
"The efforts from our support team, even organisers and St Johns Ambulance were very humbling. We're all really glad we did it and already planning next year's challenge," Mr Gott said.
"On behalf of the Bowdens team we really want to thank all of the businesses that supported our charity fundraising.
"All of the money raised will support Oxfam's work in 26 countries, including Australia."
Bowdens Group is a leader in managing major infrastructure and surveying projects throughout Australia and has been helping build sustainable communities for over 40 years.