Local Canberran completes marathon and raises over $3200 for Camp Quality
Local Canberran Stewart Baden recently completed the CBR 50km marathon and raised over $3200 for Camp Quality. Here is his story...
I’ve been a keen runner for many years and entered plenty of 5km or 10km fun runs, Sydney City2Surf 14km many times and the Sydney half marathon once about 15 years ago. I’ve always wondered about participating in a marathon but never committed to it, concerned I wasn’t fit enough and would struggle to finish. I finally made the leap of faith after a friend (who has run many marathons all over the world) suggested we do it together. After agreeing to the idea and registering for the CBR100 50km event, I started to increase my training frequency, distances and durations in preparation for the event. Shortly afterwards, my friend was awarded a new job opportunity overseas and was no longer able to participate. Initially, I was thinking I could withdraw or change to the 25km event, but after much consideration I realised I was training hard and wanted to do it anyway.
Once I’d made the mental commitment to do it alone, I started telling family, friends and work colleagues about the event and decided I wanted to fundraise for a worthy charity and as I work for Fujitsu, Camp Quality (official charity partner) was an obvious choice. I figured not only was this a great way to support Camp Quality, but it would also ensure I didn’t change my mind as the event approached and inevitably became very nervous. In the week of the event I was becoming extremely nervous, mostly because the weather forecast was in the mid 30s, but on the day of the event I was also excited and confident as I knew I had put in the time and training. I’d also raised about $3,000 by race day and that was a great boost for my moral support from everyone who donated and also knowing those funds were going to help support the great work by everyone at Camp Quality.
As I lined up with about a hundred other participants (mixture of runners and walkers) to start the event at Hall, I was incredibly pleased I’d entered, fundraised and trained for the event and could hardly wait to get started. There was a great atmosphere amongst everybody and plenty of talk of support to survive the distance and the heat. Happily, it was only about 15 degrees when we started at 8am, but it wasn’t long before it warmed up. First checkpoint was at 22km and I was comfortable when I reached there after 2.5 hours. The next 10km involved more hills and less shade, but again I felt fine when I reached the 32km water station mark after 4 hours. The last 18km involved several hills up Mt.Majura and Mt.Ainslie taking as long as the first 32km. I’ve never been so happy to finish an event, after 8 hours 2 minutes, 28 of 99 starters and raising over $3,200 for Camp Quality.
We cannot thank Stewart enough for his hard work and dedication to Camp Quality!