Mark Berridge

The Royal 50K

My Activity Tracking

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I'm supporting The Royal 50K this April!

I am very proud to be a challenge Ambassador for The Royal 50km challenge.
On 10 March 2019 I presented with 5 fractured bones and two crushed vertebrae, following a bicycle accident. The care from the Royal's was priceless, with expertise from operation to rehabilitation creating the potential for me to walk again.
Generating hope on the first day was hard. But perhaps it was even harder when I woke after surgery and realised just how impossible ANY movement was.
In my 11 days at the Royal I had so many moments of uplifting care that helped me hold onto a semblance of dignity when I was at my lowest and loneliest. And those emotions were frequent. Care that pushed me into discomfort and opened the door to progress. Care that encouraged me to try.
Learning to walk again was complex and scary. It took so much effort, expertise and willpower. But many people tackle complex situations and achieve extraordinary outcomes. I was - and continue to be - inspired by the acts and encouragement of others.

It is a privilege to give back to the hospital that gave me so much.

I know that each time I give I get more back. I hear inspirational stories and see selfless acts that remind us of the best in people, and life.

My Achievements

Uploaded profile pic

Started Fundraising

Self donation

Shared your page to social media

Added a Blog

Started tracking KM's

Half way to fundraising target

Achieved fundraising target

My Updates

End of the trip

Tuesday 23rd Apr
This update is posted from SeaTac airport as I complete my 10 days in the USA. I feel very privileged to have spent time with such amazing people at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Bellingham, toured parts of Washington state thanks to the kind hospitality of friends Bob and Civillia, completed some short walks and enjoyed the spectacular scenery.
The highlight was delivering the Saturday lunchtime keynote at the authors conference, but being able to read Sarah Martin's name as a 1st place ribbon winner in the Journey category that I won last year was a close 2nd. Her book Dear Psychosis is an important read.

Now I have a week to complete my remaining kms (I think I am slightly behind my target rate) and see if I can close the gap to my fundraising target.

But first, about 22 hours of travel to reach home and my wonderful family.

Hello Seattle

Sunday 14th Apr
I enjoyed walking a few kms around Seattle: Pike Place markets, Queen Anne Hill (photo is from there), Lake Washington Canal Docks via the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens. Thank you to my lovely hosts Civillia and Bob who took me around.

Back in Brissy

Wednesday 3rd Apr
Delightful morning sunshine for a couple of kms with the dogs.
Spent the day catching up and recovering... including 2 hours with the masseur ("Mark you are a physical mess" - fortunately Benny does not charge extra for motivational messages) then 1 hour with the physio, back there for more treatment Friday!

Morning walk - Adelaide

Tuesday 2nd Apr
A quick couple of kms around Adelaide enjoying the beautiful Adelaide University and surrounds.

Morning message - Adelaide

Tuesday 2nd Apr

First walk in Adelaide

Monday 1st Apr

Video about supporting the Royal 50km Challenge

Monday 1st Apr

First (almost) 5kms

Monday 1st Apr
Decided to get some kms in walking down to the River Torrens as we recovered from our Kangaroo Island hike. I got a little lost and went a bit further than I expected, so I am off to a good start towards my Royal 50km target!

'Warming Up'

Monday 1st Apr
Selecting specific walking experiences has been important to my mindset since incurring my Spinal Cord Injury in March 2019. Over the last 4 days of March we did ~46km with 10 others, mostly in the Flinders Chase NP on Kangaroo Island.
The terrain was much tougher than I expected, mostly the path definition/width and the large amount of stones we had to walk on. So I will have very sore ankles / feet as I set off on exceeding 50km of walking during April supporting the Royal 50km.
Many happy memories were made, and a self-set challenge was met.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$100

Onten Strategic Recruitment

What a wonderful cause. All the very best Mark, and what a great ambassador

$53

Carolyn Shaw

Hey Mark, So inspiring of you to circle back and give back. I owe my birth to The Royal, and for Queensland's first female 'legendary' obstetrician Eva Popper. Thanks to The Royal! #RBWH

$53

Mark Berridge

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Robert Smith

$53

W D & S Smith

Fantastic effort Mark!

$52.50

Amanda Owen

Good luck Mark!

$50

David Lammey

Hook into it mate;)

$21.20

Andrew Grant

Good on you mate!!!

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