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Sore but elated Centurions raise $30,000 for Oxfam

Victoria University teams raised more than $30,000 in the gruelling Oxfam Trailwalker endurance challenge held this weekend.

The event was chosen to help mark the University’s 100th anniversary as an educational institute.

The top VU team, made up of James Nightingale, Bruce Miller, Kerry Schikle and Luke Postlethwaite, ran  much of the 100-kilometre track through the Dandenong and Yarra Valley Ranges in a time of 14 hours  52 minutes.

This put them in 11th place out of more than 700 teams.

The average time for all trailwalkers over the weekend-long event was 28 hours 24 minutes.

The event started in Jells Park and reached an altitude of just over 600 metres at Olinda, passing through Mt Evelyn, Woori Yallock, Milgrove, before finishing at Wesburn.

Trailwalkers braved long hours, sleepless nights and painful blisters, but it was worth it to support people living in poverty around the world, said participant Grant Meiksans.

Donations can still be made to support a VU Centurion team in its fundraising goals:

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