JAMIE Milne managed the cold and damp of the Snowy Mountains and is striding with a spring in his step out of Canberra today at the start of his eleventh marathon on Day Six of his run from Melbourne to Warana.
But Milne, who is running to raise awareness and money for research during Dementia Awareness Month, admits he and his crew have been reduced to tears by the stories they've heard along the way from people affected by the disease.
"The amount of people affected is frightening,” he said as he made his way out of Canberra this morning.
"We get talking with people and it's very sad.”
Jamie started the Many Miles for Mary Charity in honour of his own beloved Nanna who suffered rapid onset dementia. For the past few years his annual break from his Jamie Milne Training gym at Warana has been spent completing ultra marathon fundraisers for the charity.
Jamie spent last night at an Alzheimer's Australia event at National Library of Australia Theatre in Canberra and will also be keynote speaker at another forum in Sydney's Liverpool.
The Sunshine Coast gym owner hit the road at 5am today and will be on his feet until about 5.30pm when he will pull stumps 100km short of Bowral before heading for a well-earned overnight stop.
"The rain was torrential,” he said of Wednesday's torture test. "But God it was beautiful.
"We hadn't seen anyone for 40km in the mountains until we stopped under a tree for me to change into dry gear.
"Some forestry guys sheltering into their headquarters invited us in, gave us food and a shower so I could change in the dry. Five or six of them stood outside in the rain while we prepared.
"I'm feeling really good this morning with no real complaints.”
Complain he could though, admitting to severe chaffing that has ripped open his skin and which won't heal now until he finally stops in another 14 days time.
"This morning I'm going quick and feeling good,” Jamie said.
"There's a spring in the step.”
Today's 80km run will bring to 12 the number of marathons Jamie has run since leaving Melbourne last Saturday.
He will still have 28 to go when he stops 100km short of Bowral this afternoon.
The fund raising for the Dementia Research Foundation has passed the $9000 mark. You can add to the total by going to: give.everydayhero.com/au/ many-miles-for-mary-2016- east-coast-run
Jamie has also signed on for the Daily's Kick the Kilos challenge. To follow his progress download the free Strava app and join Sunshine Coast Daily Kick the Kilos club.
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