John McGlashan College pupils Andrew Logie (left) and Ed
Davies smile after receiving McGlashan Challenge awards for
running the Milford and Routeburn Tracks to raise $10,000
for Dunedin charities. Photo by Linda Robertson.
There was a point when Andrew Logie and Ed Davies
thought, ''This is just ridiculous - why are we doing this?''
It came at the end of the first day of a self-imposed
challenge to run the Milford Track and the Routeburn Track in
two consecutive days during their summer break.
The 17-year-old John McGlashan College pupils said it usually
took experienced trampers about three days to complete each
track, across steep, rugged alpine country.
And they did it all to raise $3000 for the Otago Community
Hospice and $7000 for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Andrew said it was 88km of pain and willpower.
''It was just ridiculous.
''I was so shattered afterwards. We went through two bottles
of cramp spray each. It was quite gruelling.
''Before this, I had never ever run over 20km in my life.''
Ed said the last three hours of the first day were the worst.
''I was keen for some decent food and wondering why we were
''The fundraising thing, knowing people had donated money to
see us do it, it pushed us on.''
On Friday, the duo were rewarded by the school for their
achievement and were presented with special McGlashan
Challenge sterling silver rings - the only jewellery
permitted with the school's uniform.
Principal Mike Corkery described them as remarkable,
challenging, courageous and generous.
''A Herculean challenge - 88km run in two days, who knows how
many vertical metres, 8 hours sleep only, barely time to rest
or eat and then, finally, the goal achieved and the
satisfaction of being able to say: `We did it'.''
Ed said the pair's next challenges included running the Relay
for Life and ''possibly'' running the Coast to Coast.