DYNAMIC DUO: John Sheely and Jemma Charles are all smiles as they complete one of their 17 run legs as part of the Rosebud Frog Challenge.
A WARRNAMBOOL team is eyeing a second swim-run endurance event after successfully completing the Frog Challenge.
The importance of teamwork and preparation were lessons Jemma Charles and John Sheely took out of the gruelling 33-stage Rosebud race on Saturday.
Charles, who accepted a late call up to partner Sheely, said she would put in extra hours in the lead up if she decided to tackle an Queenscliff frog race in April.
She had just five weeks’ preparation for the Rosebud competition, which took the pair seven hours and 15 minutes to complete.
That short time-frame put pressure on her kidneys, making recovery tough.
“The human body is an amazing thing and you can push and push,” Charles said.
“The course was expected to be 45 kilometres but everyone’s Garmin claimed to be closer to 50km, so I am claiming it.”
Charles said working together made it easier for the pair to overcome obstacles.
“Dealing with weather conditions was difficult. It was quite cold for the first half of the race,” she said.
“There were 52 teams entered and seven to nine pulled out due to hypothermia in the first half.
“The second half, the sun was out and we got smashed –we’re sporting attractive tan lines.
“There were a couple of long runs in the second half and they took their toll.”
Charles praised Sheely for his help throughout the course, which included 17 run legs and 16 swim legs.
“We saw other teams which had one competitor feeling strong and striding away from the other whereas John and I stuck together,” she said.
“I’d encourage everyone to have a crack (at the race).”
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