Liam Wilson

Tomorrow afternoon, Liam Wilson will become the 2nd fastest person ever to finish Run Down Under. He will do so with his club mates and wife cheering him home. I asked Liam for a few words to describe such an awesome feat!

"WOW... what a journey RDU has been! I had heard so much about RDU and had always seen the merchandise at my local parkrun and running events, however I never understood what it was all about and why people are so infatuated with it. So back on the 1st January last year (back when the world was a much different place), my wife and I decided to sign up as a way to somewhat challenge ourselves, but more importantly be part of the greater RDU community.

Who knew back then, that this casual challenge that we had heard so much about would help us through the lockdowns caused by a global pandemic, keep me motivated day in, day out and keep moving during injuries and keep me sane post-surgery earlier this year, where I was unable to run for 4 weeks.

Over the last 499 days, I have set many, many goals in relation to longest run, biggest week, kilometres run in a year and then the end goal of a specific finish date target (which has changed no less than 12-15 times in the last 5 months). Sharing the final few kms of this journey with the amazing legends at Berrinba Runners, made this all the more enjoyable as many kms has been spent with these guys and girls over the journey and was blown away by the amount of support passed on by them all.

The idea around RDU is fantastic as it caters for every runner, walker, marathoner, parkrunner and dog walker! Thanks Trav for running (no pun intended) such a great motivating platform and injecting an amazing culture into the broader running community.

Bring on tomorrow and I look forward to continuing my RDU journey... this time maybe i will tackle the homeland of NZ!"