Relayers battle blisters

WALKERS taking part in the fundraising legacy walk for fallen Tamworth policeman David Rixon continued the journey home yesterday.

After a long first day of the “Our Families, Our Mates” walk travelled from Tuggerah Lakes to Newcastle on Monday, yesterday’s stint provided little relief. 

The group of walkers, including a team of six from the Oxley Local Area Command, left Newcastle battling with sore legs and blisters bound for Maitland. 

To combat their tired legs and the issue of blisters the Oxley team of Tracey Freeman, Jemma Galea, Gretel Robertson, Rob Wilson, Phil O’Reilly and Paul Johnson are now using a relay strategy. 

While four of the team originally hoped to complete the entire distance, they decided working in tandem would be a much better way.

Oxley crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly said the team’s spirits were still high yesterday, despite the blisters. 

“Mine aren’t too bad,” he said. 

“Implementing the relay system has worked well. We are travelling at a really good pace.”

Yesterday that pace was averaging about six kilometres per hour. 

“Spirits are still high and we are getting a lot of support from people along the way, which helps,” Inspector O’Reilly said. 

“There has been a lot of courage and determination from walkers already.”

At any one time yesterday between 30 and 40 walkers from various NSW policing commands took to the side of the road to participate. 

A quick lunch stop at Maitland Park was catered for by the local Lions club yesterday before the walking continued in the afternoon en route to Singleton.

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