Wollongong Relay for Life raises more than $150,000 for Cancer Council NSW

The Mercury’s deputy editor Cydonee Mardon set herself the challenge of walking the entire 24 hours of the Wollongong Relay.

Accompanied by friend Kerrie Lawrence for the whole trek, they achieved the goal – and were feeling the effects afterwards. 

“I have sore hips, blisters on my feet,” Ms Mardon said.

The Relay ambassador said the enormity of the task became apparent about 3pm on Saturday.

“Now I’ve stopped, I feel pained. It was worth it though – it was awesome.”

They even walked a few extra laps at the end to ensure they clocked up 100km. 

Pat Smithers and Gary Howard were also 24-hour walkers.

“It was tough – the first probably 12 hours was not too bad, overnight was very cold, but it was beautiful when it warmed up again this morning,” Mr Smithers, 29, said. 

“A good friend of the family is a survivor and my mum’s school was here walking all weekend, so I came down to support them and the cause.”