By GUY WILLIAMS
Sarah and Tim Schubert are going for a long, long walk this weekend.
The Arrow Junction couple are taking part in the Oxfam 100km Trail Walk in New Plymouth starting today.
Sarah says she did a 50km walk in Singapore about five years ago, and when she saw an ad for the Oxfam one last spring, thought to herself, ‘‘why not double it and do 100km?’’
‘‘Now I’m wondering why I didn’t just stick to 50km.’’
They must complete the 100km loop course — starting and finishing on Ngamotu Beach and crossing a variety of coastal and farm terrain — within 36 hours.
They’re planning to have a brief sleep at one of their overnight rest stops, but their game plan is essentially to ‘‘play it by ear’’.
To train for it, they’ve been going for long walks at the weekends.
‘‘I always like to have some thing to work towards, and it seemed like a great cause,’’ Sarah says.
‘‘And walking is my kind of thing, I don’t run or cycle, and it seemed like a great opportunity to rope a few people in.
‘‘So the first one I spoke to was the husband, and we’ve got a couple of friends in Auckland
doing it with us.’’
They also happen to have family and friends living in the ’Naki who will be their support crew.
The couple, who own Frankton gym F45 Training Queenstown, hosted a trivia night fundraiser at the Gibbston Tavern a fortnight ago, and raised more than $500.
They reckon they’re on target to reach their goal of $2400, but would welcome any donations.
The walk’s billed as NZ’s largest team endurance event, and funds raised are used by Oxfam to address poverty in Pacific nations.
● To donate, visit www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/sarah-schubert