Hi there everyone,
Well, like all the other competitors I was delighted when the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn was over!
I was very happy with my performance in the event but I have to say it was hard work getting up that 420 metres in Awaba Street, Mosman. It’s called the burn because it burns. It’s a very steep hill!
It's one of my favourite places in the world over there near Balmoral Beach and the organisers and the community and the atmosphere make it a really wonderful event. And the way Coates Hire gets behind it is terrific. This is my third year in a row and it’s good to have the opportunity to race for them as a Coates Hire Ambassador.
But it’s tough! Last year Glenn Gorick, my running partner, and I said we would sprint it and we got about 300 metres up the hill and I was about to fall over.
So this year we decided to jog the whole way and we were passing people who were just about standing still. I don't know what it does to you but by the top of the course you are seriously struggling to breathe.
This year I ran in four categories including the open burn, the age group burn and the family burn, and I won the Special Burn which pleased me greatly as this was my target event.
It is certainly one of my favourite events as it is a lot of fun and the Humpty Dumpty charity helps a lot of sick kids with essential medical equipment.
Now I am currently in training for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. So I am running 30 to 40 kilometres a week in training for that event and really looking forward to it.
My eyesight is fairly stable at the moment, there have been a few issues but overall I have had this condition for 23 years so you just live with it. It might be different if your eyesight was damaged later in life, say in a car accident, and you could remember what it was like before, but I have had time to deal with it. It is just part of my life.
Nathan’s running partner Glenn Gorick says it is just an honour to help him out. “It keeps me fit, and Nathan loves nothing better than beating able-bodied people. I am attached to him with a rope and I guide him and nudge him along. Without the rope it’s like he is in a dark room, while with the rope I work just like I’m the navigator in a Subaru rally car.”
Balmoral Burn facts
This year’s Humpty Dumpty Foundation Balmoral Burn event has raised more than $2.5 million to buy lifesaving medical equipment for children’s hospitals and health services across Australia.
An estimated 10,000 who turned out to watch or compete in the event will ensure more medical equipment is delivered to children’s wards in hospitals throughout metropolitan and rural Australia.
Celebrities including Jane Flemming, Phil Kearns, Stevie Jacobs, Angela Bishop, Amber Sherlock, Karen Ledbury, James Kerley and Deborah Clay made their way up Awaba Street in support of the annual event this year and it attracted 65 corporate teams and 105 school teams.
Established more than 25 years ago, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation has now raised $55 million and continues to make a significant contribution to the lives of sick and injured children at children’s hospitals and health service centres in every state of Australia.