I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
A bridge too far
Sydney is a great city and one of the best ways to appreciate her beauty is to take a walk over seven bridges. Now in its tenth year, the seven bridges walk is a Cancer Council fundraiser that puts Sydney in the spotlight. The seven bridges are Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridgeand Fig Tree Bridge, each providing a unique view of the harbour and waterways.
Grab your family and friends and raise some money whilst pounding the footpaths, discovering hidden pockets of Sydney and getting your event passport stamped at each bridge. In nine years over 75000 people have participated and more than two million dollars have been raised. Some people such as myself have attended more than once, encouraging friends and family to join in.
The 27km course is walked in a clockwise direction with numerous starting point villages along the way. The seven villages are located near each of the bridges and and provide registration, information, water stations, toilets, food and entertainment. The villages are Milsons Point, Observatory Hill, Pyrmont, Rozelle, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Wollstonecraft. The route serviced by free event buses for those that can't make the distance.
Along the way you are entertained by the passing parade and you get a chance to speak to people about why they are walking. There are plenty of colourful costumes and many opt to walk in matching outfits that memorialise loved ones.
The event is not a race but you do finish with an amazing sense of personal achievement, as well as sore feet and tight muscles. Remember to pack sunscreen and a water bottle and don't wear new shoes, take a sense of humour and determination. Make sure you enjoy a celebratory debriefing drink before you make your way home.