On Sunday, 3 November I participated In the 90km Sydney to Wollongong Ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. The event was well organised and run by enthusiastic volunteers and mobile support units along the 90km course.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition. MS Australia’s goal is to assist (or enable) everyone affected by MS to live life to their full potential and secure the care and support they need, until we ultimately find a cure.
With the generosity of my colleagues, a significant amount of money was raised for this cause. We began the race at 8am alongside 10,000 other participants and worked our way through Sydney and towards the first pit stop at Loftus Oval which was 30km in. Here we were offered coffee, muffins and very strong Powerade which gave us the massive sugar hit we needed to push on through the to the lunch stop at National Park, 21 km away.
Riding through the National Park was the most beautiful and ironically the most painful part of the ride with a 6km hill between us and the finish line. At the top of the hill we could see Wollongong in the distance. Even though our legs were aching we pushed on another 39km, stopping occasionally for water and fresh fruit provided by the event organisers.
At 2:15pm we elatedly crossed the finish line. After 6 hours and 15 minutes we had done it. Our whole bodies were aching and we were exhausted but it was well worth it to have the experience. I would strongly recommend this ride for anyone looking for a physical challenge and to support people suffering from MS.
For more information on the ride go to www.msgongride.org.au
Written by Sophia Finnegan