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Andrew Vize Name: Andrew 'Beaver' Vize

Age: 28

From: Mosman, NSW

Goals: Sub 36 - diminishing returns once you go into the second night.

Words: I have thousands of these - just ask my Trailwalker team! Some current favourites;

* You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do - George S Patton

* The pain while competing is only temporary, however the pain of not finishing lasts a lifetime - Lance Armstorng

* It takes a lot more work to finish 2nd. You have to hang back enough to allow first to have their time in the sun and also keep close enough to 3rd to keep it interesting - Darrel Robins after coming 2nd at GOW100 miles.

* If you're going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill

C2K history: On debut.

Personal Bests
What? When? Where? Vital Statistics
100k trail 2009 North Face 12:52
100 mile trail 2009 GNW 25:15

The story

I am currently determined to find out how far I can run. To date this question has remained unanswered and I hope it remains that way.

Originally I planned to crew for Keith in the 2009 race. However, I was convinced by him in December 2008 after he had crewed for two other runners that this was a race I had to do and he wanted me to enter and run rather than crew for him. Assured that he was ok with this I've been looking forward to it ever since.

Having holidayed during winter at Charlotte Pass for weeks every year while growing up, this race means a lot to me and my family. With a training run in April this year at Charlotte Pass after my Dad's funeral and a reconnaissance drive over the course with my fiance in early October on our way to scout wedding venues nearby, I am humbly ready to stand on the beach in Eden and give this race everything I have from my first step off the sand to my last step along the sharp rocky trail back to Charlotte Pass. I will make every step count.

I have an excellent crew team and pacer who will be harsh and hilarious in equal measures, I've worked out the splits and nutrition so now all I have to do is run this thing.

Best of luck to all competitors, I hope this race will take you as far as you allow it.