Orange's Spotless team takes up a personal fitness challenge

RUNNING THE GUANTLET: Running three kms for 30 days is Janelle Davis, Stuart Mackinnon, Sandra Moore, Tim Robinson Melinda Hinds. Bathurst's Margaret Duncombe is absent. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

RUNNING THE GUANTLET: Running three kms for 30 days is Janelle Davis, Stuart Mackinnon, Sandra Moore, Tim Robinson Melinda Hinds. Bathurst's Margaret Duncombe is absent. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Can you run at least three kilometres after eight hours work?

How about doing it every day for a month?

The Spotless staff at Orange’s hospitals have taken up this exact challenge.

For the month of September, they need to walk, run, swim or row at three kilometres, every day.

“It started as a personal challenge for myself, I mentioned it to my boss and he said, put it out to the entire Spotless team at Bloomfield, Orange and Bathurst hospitals,” organiser Sandra Moore said.

“You have to do three kilometres and if you don’t you’re out.”

It’s been a grueling challenge and of the nine staff which started, just six are left, but mercifully the finish line is in sight.

There are seven staff in Orange hospital, one at Bloomfield and one in Bathurst.

Ms Moore said everyone left was set on making it to the end of the month.

“We got halfway through and realised we couldn’t do this alone,” she said.

“It’s been a real team effort, even though we’re doing it individually.

“It’s more of a mental challenge now more than anything, it started as a way to challenge our fitness levels.”

The team track each other’s progress through shared spreadsheet.

“Stuart did a 10 kilometre walk and then 17 kilometres on a bike in one session,” Ms Moore said.

“Some have struggled some days, one had to get their three kilometre run done at 10pm at night.

“Some have lost weight without even trying but just by doing something every day. We’re all feeling a little bit lighter and fitter.”

As well as building fitness and team spirit, Ms Moore said it had opened up new experiences.

“If it wasn’t for this challenge, I’d never get on a rower,” she said.

While there’s no river in Orange suitable for row-boats, Ms Moore said gym machines had copped a workout.

Spotless oversees staff at Central West hospitals including cleaners and wardsmen.

“We just wanted to do it to see if we could, it’s got potential for fundraising, and we’re thinking about the Sydney City2Surf next year.”

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