Blisters, tears and friends

CHRISTINE Goode has sore muscles and a few new blisters but is happy with the knowledge she has done her bit for women's cancers.

Ms Goode, a former Elmore resident, is a member of St Arnaud's Saintly Striders and walked 60 kilometres in The Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

More than 1400 walkers participated in the two-day event last weekend.

Ms Goode said walking the 60 kilometres was a big achievement.

"We not only raised over $32,000 for our team, the Saintly Striders, but overall, with 1401 walkers, we all raised a grand total of $3.6 million dollars which goes to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre," Ms Goode said.

"After the opening on Saturday morning 1401 walkers commenced their walk at 7.20am.

"We started at Fritsch Holzer Park in East Melbourne and walked down Armidale, Prahran, St.Kilda Road, through the Victoria Gardens, over the bridge to Federation Square, then onto Peter MacCallum Centre.

"We had a well-earned rest and lunch at Fitzroy Gardens ... after this we continued our walk along the Yarra River on the south side and crossing again walking the last seven kilometres going up hills which was not kind on our bodies."

Ms Goode said she was on her feet again at 6.50am on the second day.

"We walked into Glen Iris, to East Malvern over the Princess Highway to East Malvern, Carnegie back up through Caulfield, Malvern over Toorak Road returning to Fristch Holzer Park, where we were met by a cheering crowd and our families and friends," Ms Goode said.

"Over to whole weekend we were supported by the weekend crew of strangers who became friends along the way.

Bonds formed during 60km cancer walk

"They ensured we were well hydrated and fed with the right food and fluids ...  Walking over that line, we shared our tears, our pain, our achievement, but most of all of how proud we are of ourselves and each other.

"A big thanks must go out to the St Arnaud and Elmore communities for being so generous in helping us achieve our goal in fundraising.

"Importantly, you all should also be proud of what you have given to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre."

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