Published in the Warrandyte Diary, September 2013
THEY have ran through deserts, mountains, storms and wild tropical weather but Warrandyte’s Alan and Janette are still going strong on their 2013 run around Australia.
On August 31 Alan Murray and wife Janette completed marathon No.243 in their extraordinary charity run around the country.
The Warrandyte couple, aged in their sixties, are two thirds of the way through their year-long journey.
They have crossed into Western Australia from the Northern Territory after spending three months in the desert. They were scheduled to reach Perth on September 4.
“We are in good shape physically and can manage the heat well … we are getting fitter by the day,” Alan told the Diary.
Alan and Janette began planning and training for their run more than two years ago.
They hope their achievement will raise awareness and money for four key charities – the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Gawler Foundation, Animals Australia and Kids Under Cover.
They are running on a diet consisting solely of raw fruit and vegetables in an attempt to inspire people to lead more healthy and conscious lifestyles.
Their 15,500km run is yet to take them through South Australia and Tasmania.
The couple will run their final marathon from the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry to Federation Square on December 31, when they will break a world record to become the oldest couple to run 365 consecutive marathons.
They said they were looking forward to running from Federation Square to Warrandyte on January 1, where members of the public can join them along the Yarra Trail.
You can keep up to date with their progress and hear about their daily encounters on their Facebook page ‘Running Raw around Australia’.