JOB WELL DONE: Maree Brennan and Kate Twist completed the 96km Kokoda Challenge at the Gold Coast.
JOB WELL DONE: Maree Brennan and Kate Twist completed the 96km Kokoda Challenge at the Gold Coast. Sarah Dionysius

Local women complete Australia's toughest challenge

The Kokoda Challenge is so gruelling, 640 people couldn't finish it - but two Maranoa women have come out triumphant.

Mitchell resident Maree Brennan and Mungallalla resident Kate Twist have successfully completed one of Australia's toughest challenges.

The women were part of two teams who took on the 96km event at the Gold Coast earlier this month.

"The terrain was insane with massive mountains to climb up and then climb down,” Ms Brennan said.

"It rained and the tracks were boggy, wet and slippery.”

The women battled on through the tough conditions and a number of their group experienced painful injuries.

"One girl's knee went and could not longer walk on it, another girls feet were full of blisters and another pulled a muscle and then fell violently ill,” Ms Brennan said.

"640 people pulled out and could not finish this event.”

Hailed as the toughest team endurance event in Australia, the Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast is an annual hike run every year.

Teams of four tackle the distance of the actual Kokoda Track, but through the Gold Coast hinterland.

The hike must be completed within a time limit of 39 hours in honour of the 39th Militia, who were the first Australian response unit at Kokoda.

Out of the eight women who formed the two teams which took part in the challenge, six of them made it to the finish line.

"This event is known as one of Australia's toughest challenges and we made it in 32 hours,” she said.

Ms Brennan and Ms Twist are part of an adventure group called 'Wild Women Hikes'.

Wild Women Hikes are a group of women around the ages of 40 and 60 years old.

The group take part in strenuous challenges such as climbing mountains up to 3000 metres high and hiking for up to seven days in the bush.

The Kokoda Challenge was just one of the many hikes the women have tackled, having completed hikes such as the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, Carnavon Great Walk and Cooloola Great Walk.

If you would like some inspiration to complete your own hike check out their website at www.wildwomenhikes.com.


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