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Angels set out walking

Mira Ponti, Karen Betts and Sophia Evans at the starting point.
Mira Ponti, Karen Betts and Sophia Evans at the starting point.

YOU would think they were walking on sunshine.

The Capella Angels completed the gruelling task of 100km in three days and still had a spring in their step.

“The best part was the start and finish line… by the last 200m we were practically running,” Capella Angel Karen Betts said.

“The surprise of having everyone greet us at the finish and knowing we worked our butts off too and made it in a good time.

“We are proud of ourselves.”

With good reason too as the group raised $2000 to donate to Angel Flight.

“It’s a great feeling,” Karen said. “My aim was to raise $1000 but the fact that we got double that is amazing.”

From start to finish, including sleep, the Capella Angels completed the trek in 42 hours.

The group started the feat by walking 25km on Friday night, starting at 3.30pm.

“The acting principal started us off with a gun, it was fun, like a real race,” Karen said.

The angels completed the first 25km in four hours and 20 minutes.

“We were motoring as we knew we wanted to get a decent night’s sleep because we knew it was an early start and a big day,” Karen said.

“Saturday was a 5.30am start, it was freezing, I think it was in the minus.”

The group walked 50km in 11 hours on Saturday and Karen said the walking soon warmed them up.

“It was around 30 to 40km at about 2pm that it started to hurt and we started to notice we were doing 100km,” she said.

On Sunday, after what Karen described as a “bit of a sleep in”, the group started the final 25km at 8am.

“(The last 25km) only took us five hours. I thought we would dawdle,” she said.

“The road crew had set up a finishing line of toilet paper to cross, kids from school came down and cheered us on.

“It was a really good feeling towards the end of it, we definitely felt like celebrities.”


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