Faith restored; well, boosted a little

I’m back to the blog I have ignored for so long. It’s so easy to be distracted from getting down my precious thoughts by trivialities like earning money and meeting the expectations of clients. But enough of that for now – back to me.

Negativity is a necessary part of life. Not everything is rosy or ethical or right or fair, and we bloody-well should get cross and rail against cruelty and injustice. I spent most of July as part of the editing team on the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission and I read many things that I could say I would rather not have read but actually I should have and so should everyone else.

I did that job in the midst of revelations about (and the ongoing fact of) detainees on Nauru and Manus Island, reporting on the treatment of young people in the Northern Territory and Queensland, and evidence through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (I was born, grew up and went to Catholic school in Newcastle, but mercifully escaped that appalling fate). And the old body is breaking down slowly. And trees are being bulldozed at an ever-increasing rate. And the biodiversity of Kangaroo Island keeps being whittled away. And … what else can I whinge about?

Then I went to the Kangaroo Island Marathon. Our Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks group hosted the drinks station near the half-way point of both marathon and half-marathon.

Nic, First Aid, and Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks, Janine, Kathy, Nick and Kathie (yes it was very cold!) at the Weirs Cove drinks station

Race Director Nathan Godfrey was a joy to work with, very organised and friendly – and he gave us prime location with view near Cape du Couedic.


Sherilee Binsted with Cape du Couedic lighthouse and cottages (roofs anyway) in background

Of the 100 or so runners, just about every one thanked us for our help and support. And we were just standing there – they were the ones doing all the work. Even marathon winner Tim Green, who had his own liquids and was totally focused on his run, gave us a wave and a smile as he powered towards the finish line.

Some wanted the chance to have a breather and a chat. Many carefully put the cups back in our hands or in the garbage bags. A few dressed up for the occasion.

Being patriotic islanders, we took extra pleasure in cheering, and quenching the thirst of, our local faves such as Yale Norris and Sue Pearson in the marathon, and Tara Clark and Sherilee Binsted in the half. Local Maren Norris was second woman home in the half-marathon.

Islander marathoners Sue Pearson and Yale Norris

The back markers seemed to enjoy the company the most – what’s a few minutes in 5 hours? Christiaan Cotteleer from Belgium (one of my favourite countries) stayed for a short chat while he girded himself for the home stretch. Ying Cui from China took full, grateful advantage of our special salted chips offer before she took off up the hill towards the finish line.

On days like that, and with people like that, the world looks pretty good even 10 days later, and there’s a lot to be cheerful about.




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