Over a decade of running The Sun-Herald City2Surf, Robert Gale is a great inspiration!
Publish Date: 22/7/2016
This year's Sun-Herald City2Surf’s 14km race will mark Robert Gale’s 12th run.
This is an impressive feat for anyone but this year also marks the tenth time Robert has run the race while raising much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, a charity that is close to his heart.
Robert (pictured left) was diagnosed with myelofibrosis and had a bone marrow transplant in 2002. He is now in the clear and wants to help the Leukaemia Foundation because he and his family received such great support.
Robert and his family stayed in the Leukaemia Foundation accommodation and he also found the home/hospital visits and other services very helpful.
Two years after recovering from his bone marrow transplant, he was off many of the treatments and he returned to jogging. Since being better he’s wanted to give back even more and we’re humbled by his dedication and pleased to see he is in good health.
Since Robert is no stranger to the City2Surf, he has some advice to those who have gone through a similar blood disorder journey and are thinking of getting active again.
“At the start I ran about 1km and gradually built that up over time, so I was able to run 14km in a reasonable time,” said Robert. “It would be good to incorporate some hills in your training routine, so Heartbreak Hill won't be such a struggle. If you are going through similar treatments and wish to start running, just start out slow and build up distance over time, listen to your body and enjoy it.”
Robert says The City2Surf can be challenging but it’s also a fun day out.
“The City2Surf is not an easy event, there’s flat, uphill, downhill, windy and also negotiating all the other runners about you,” said Robert.” But it is a real buzz running with that many people and also the spectators are fantastic, there are bands playing, cheer squads and heaps of encouragement all round.”
Being the world’s largest fun run and voted Sydney’s favourite sporting event, The Sun-Herald City2Surf is bound to be an experience like no other.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and relies on the generous support of the community to continue its important work.