Duncraig Year 5 teacher Mrs Sharon Baird is always full of energy and she recently channelled her good vibes into the Margaret River Ultra Marathon, taking on a 32km leg of the “brutal but beautiful” course.
It was an 80km trail race across various terrains from Hamelin Bay to Margaret River. The team of three ran in a relay format, Mrs Baird sporting her trademark smile along the way.
“The course is super challenging but the community of runners, officials and support crew make it a fabulous pain party,” she said.
“We were delighted to sneak in under 10 hours and place third in our category of female teams of two or three.”
Mrs Baird and her family do a lot of adventure racing under the banner of TEAM SABA – raising awareness and funds for Perth-based charity The Saba Rose Foundation, which provides much-needed therapy and respite for families of children with specialised needs.
The Secondary space aren’t lagging behind, with veteran triathletes and long-time teachers Charles Biddle and Sue Libbis competing in the Busselton Half Ironman, tackling a 1900m swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run.
Both trained regularly in the months before the event. On the day, weather conditions weren’t favourable – a windy day seeing the swim being delayed.
Mr Biddle finished 7th in his category and Mrs Libbis took the podium in 3rd place, also qualifying for the World Championships in Nice this September.
What a great effort from all!