24hr MS Megaswim success

Over the weekend, 21 swimmers from FIT participated as a team in the 24hr MS Megaswim fundraising event.

The event was held at the AIS Pool from midday Saturday 19th until midday Sunday 20th May.  Each swimmer swam for approximately one hour each (with thanks to those who swam longer to cover for illness and injury), while other team members counted laps.

Particular thanks to Nerida for organising the team, to those that baked and brought food to the poolside, and the four session coordinators: Kirsten Wilkinson, Sheila Hughes, Nerida Clarke and Angela Rymer, who were present for six hour blocks, to ensure FIT had swimmers in the water at all times and to report lap counts to the organisers.

The FIT Team swam 53km and raised over $3100 for MS which contributed to the event total of $50,000.  It truly was a great team effort.

Team members were:  Cath Spratley; Kirsten Wilkinson; Gina De Pretto; Karen Ford; Cate Byrne; Katherine Colbatch; Samantha Shields; Robyn McClelland; Alison Britton; Sheila Hughes; Pauline Unterberger; Teresa Curtin; Leanne Haughton; Cecilia Unthank; Nerida Clarke; Cindy Schwartz; Elena McAvoy; Angela Rymer; Heather Gow-Carey; Susan Callaghan; and Hannah Barrett.

Thanks to everyone who donated.  And if you didn’t get the chance and would like to contribute to this great cause, you can still donate.


Meet: Acton Ferry Terminal car park, Barrine Drive, Acton

Run: Acton Ferry to Molonglo Reach (12.6km)

Breakfast:  The Xchange, 7 London Circuit

Run details:

  • Head south on the bike path along the lake, turn east and cross under Commonwealth Ave Bridge
  • Head east along the north shore of the lake and follow the bike path out to Molonglo Reach
  • Turn when the path heads up onto old Dairy Flat Bridge to cross the river
  • On return, run under King’s Avenue Bridge and turn right to loop around and over the bridge
  • Take care with roadworks crossing Wentworth Avenue
  • Continue along the south edge of the lake veering left and going under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and up path on far side.
  • Take first turn left after crossing the bridge, re-join the outbound path and back to Ferry Terminal


Meet: Cooleman Court, Weston Creek – carpark behind McDonald’s

Run: Weston Creek to Governor General’s – 12.6km (bike path, flat with a couple of climbs)

Breakfast: The Meating Room, 45 Liardet St, Weston Creek

  • From car park head east to bike path.
  • Turn left and head north on bike path parallel to Streeton Drive.
  • Go under Streeton Drive and continue right/north parallel to Streeton Drive.
  • At Cotter Road intersection, cross Cotter road and take the bike path heading north.
  • Continue on bike path under Tuggeranong Parkway, over bridge and turn right at T-intersection.
  • Take underpass left and head up hill beside the Federal Golf Course until Dunrossil Drive.
  • Turnaround here and retrace the run


MEET: 7.30am, Battye Street, Bruce

(Intersection of Leverrier Crescent, south of the AIS. Park near the athletics stadium)

RUN: AIS to Lake Ginninderra (9.65KM)

BREAKFAST:  Riccardo’s Café, Jamison Plaza, 1 Bowman Street, Macquarie


  • From Battye Street follow the Centenary Trail signs south west then through Bruce Ridge between Calvary Hospital and Purdue Street Bruce.
  • Cross Hayden Drive and pick up the Centenary Trail to head north, turning before reaching Radford College and then west and south.
  • Climb up a hill and go past an open area and descend and turn left.
  • Run west parallel to College St and turn right at the swimming pool and along Eastern Valley Way.
  • After crossing Emu Bank, run towards Lake Ginninderra past Ginninderra College.
  • On reaching John Knight Park turn and retrace your steps, noting the car park for the park will be the starting point for the next Centenary Trail run


Meet: Tulips Cafe

Run: Pialligo to Molonglo River

Breakfast: Tulips Cafe, 8 Beltana Road, Pialligo

  • Flat run out and back on bike path along the Molonglo River.
  • From the south end of Beltana Road head back to and cross Pialligo Ave, and take path on left. Head north west and take left under Morshead Drive (underpass) and follow the bike path in westerly direction with the Molonglo River on your left.
  • Pass Claire Holland House and Boat Shed Restaurant to the King’s Ave Bridge.
  • Turn here and return by same route (11km).
  • For a shorter run turn at the new footbridge over the north bank of the river (7km)