Monday, April 10, 2006


“IT’S A WORLD ENDURANCE RECORD” + more than A$15000.00 raised for charity !

Congratulations to father and son team Mike & Jay Gates of PoleAbout Australia - who recently completed an epic non-stop 160km Nordic (Pole) Walking marathon in an amazing 36hrs. In the process they raised in excess of A$15000.00 in aid of the little known group called PIPA (Pre-term Infants Parents Association)

The pair smashed the World Nordic (Pole) Walking Endurance mark of 138.336 Kms in 24 hours previously established by Mike at the same time last year. The walk became a story of growing desperate exhaustion with noon temperatures on the road on both days reaching over 40 + Degrees Celsius.

For the first 12 hours they averaged 5.9kph. And then at times in the last 12 hour section a desperate struggle at sometimes 2.4kph. The last 12 hours were done on pure heart and determination.

A weary and sunburnt Jay Gates said... "I often experienced hallucinations throughout the last 12 hours."

Support team member Kay Ball said... "We seriously suggested they give it up, but they dug in and did it on true mind power"

Along the way support crews provided food and hydration fluid as well as quick wipe downs with block ice to keep their body muscle temperatures down to combat the unusual hot early autumn temperatures.

Yesterday’s endurance record brings the total of Michael’s fundraising to in excess of A$40,000.00 for local unknown children’s charities.

Photo = Mike during last year's 24 hour endurance event - To read more on last years event and check out some great photos visit:

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