Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAfter 47 hours, Kenneth Lau and Wei Quan crossed the finish line of the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2014! YAY! Yi Lin Seng and I unfortunately had to pull out after hiking 54km.

Yi Lin has been sleeping barely 5 hours for a long time due to her work, and she suffered from a tummy ache. It was getting dangerous for her to walk without falling asleep midway. I had a bad groin muscle strain that made it extremely painful to lift my left leg, and that caused the entire team to move at a snail pace for the 12km hike up and down the mountain till we reached checkpoint 5. I am really thankful for the boys in taking turns to carry my backpack and extending their hand whenever I needed extra support to cross the large steps! Yi Lin’s sound bar also helped a lot to keep all of us awake in the deep dark forests till daybreak. When the first break of sunlight streamed in, it was so beautiful and yet so painful at the same time!

By this time, 21 hours have passed without us getting any sleep so we decided that it is best for Kenneth and Weiquan to try to catch up and complete without us holding them back. Judging from the timetable, we were already way behind schedule and at risk of not completing at all!

Rules are such that we need a minimum team of 3 to continue the hike or the remaining members have to join another existing team for safety reasons especially during the night walks.

Thankfully, we met Hara san earlier during the trial walk and he happened to be at the checkpoint when we arrived. Being really nice, he was willing to let the boys join his team for the remaining 46km! We are grateful for his trust in us.

We are also very thankful for meeting our new Malaysian friend, Chee Yee at this checkpoint as he graciously offered Yi Lin and I a lot of help and a ride back to YMCA, which is the finishing point! We were tired, in pain and had no idea how we could make it there except to take the notoriously expensive taxi. Thank you and go, go, Malaysia!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIt was tough, it was gruelling but it was also a fantastic experience that bonded us as a team! 
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetLast but not least, we also want to thank you all for giving us moral support and in contributing funds towards Oxfam’s disaster relief and poverty alleviation work! There are so many people around the world who live in abject conditions and have to go through hunger, sleep deprivation, physical discomforts and battle through life each day. Thank you for caring 🙂
If you would like to find out more, our journey and pictures can be found at our team FB page here!



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