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Old 05-12-2004, 08:20 PM
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On reaching the other side, Bev was all smiles as we both discussed our very first river crossing....little did we know how many more there was to come!

Photograph: Bev Howell relaxes on a large rock following her first Goldie River crossing before commencing to climb, up, up & up! On the left in this picture is Syprian Haera one of our Kokoda Trekking Guides.

Just to let you know the fitness of these guys, last year I entered five guys in Lady Carol Kidu's & PriceWaterhouseCoopers Walk for Life in a 5km run around the streets of Port Moresby. Syprian who had never run before came home in 10th position overall and the first of our group home in 17 minutes and beat most of the road runners who regularly pound our streets. Our five guys also took out the team event in record time. Four came home in under 18 minutes and only one in 22nd place overall in 22 minutes. All four boys asked....WHAT KEPT YOU!

At the time one of the legal firms in Port Moresby came rushing up to the organiser and remarked they had won the team event to which was replied....sorry the Kokoda boys have been sitting under their tent for the past five minutes. They all returned home that day with happy smiling faces knowing their fitness on the Kokoda Trail plus working in their village vanilla gardens and oil palms got them home without any prior training:


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