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This is the tale of a 49 year old Australian woman who in the space of few short years went from being a totally unfit, overweight smoker who didn't really even think about running or fitness to having a life defining moment at a doctors one day and changing her life. Losing a huge amount of weight, stopping smoking, starting walking and then running and then running further then running some more.


This is a story of an endurance adventure that ultimately challenged Tania both physically and mentally. Along with Robert, her partner who supported her as her one and only crew, she embarked on the mammoth task of running the 440km Hume and Hovell Track.   


Beginning at Cooma Cottage in Yass, the track follows the trails discovered by explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell in the south east of NSW, Australia.  It traverses both rugged and beautiful countryside while following a mix of public roads, fire trails, purpose built single track and over 100 footbridges and finishes at the Hovell Tree at Albury.  


The track is without a doubt one of New South Wales’ best kept secrets.  After 18 months of planning, Tania realised her dream of completing the track when she finished the entire journey at the Hovell Tree in Albury at around 8:30pm on October 2.

But this journey wasn't just a physical one but a journey to health and strength, to confidence and resilience and to much soul searching in the aftermath.

Be inspired and encouraged from this everyday hero story. 

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