Wayne’s rail trail run for a cause

Wayne Hibbens in training for the inaugural Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail half-marathon.

Tumut’s Wayne Hibbens may be 59, but that isn’t going to stop him running the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Half-Marathon on October 9 to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Subject to Covid restrictions, the inaugural Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km walk and run will be on October 9.

“I’ve been a long-term donor to the Cancer Council, and I would like to take some of the focus off Covid,” he said.

“The other week was Daffodil Day (Friday August 27) and I got my copy of the Tumut and Adelong Times and read about the half-marathon.

“I put the two together and thought ‘I’m up for it’ and decided to do the half marathon to raise funds for the Cancer Council.”

Mr Hibbens plans to run a full marathon when he is 60 next year, so this will serve as excellent preparation.

His family history will be a big part of what drives him.

“My wife’s mother passed away from pancreatic cancer; it was very sudden,” he said.

“My grandfather died of bowel cancer; that was terrible. Everyone has been touched by cancer.”

He has a history of success in running.

“I always ran,” he said.

“Back in the early 1970s, when John Hobby was captain-coach of Tumut (rugby league), we ran from the old town bridge to Brungle Common, and I beat all the footballers. I came sixth in the state in cross country and entered the City to Surf for three years.”

This has taken a toll on him but hasn’t stopped him running.

“I’ve had two arthroscopes on one knee and three on the other, so it’s virtually bone on bone,” he said.

He used to run every day, but now only every second day, usually around the bush common.

“I’ve got no worries with the half-marathon (fitness-wise), it’s just my legs,” he said.

Mr Hibbens is aiming to run the half-marathon in two hours, and will donate $20 for every minute he finishes over or under this time.

He is aiming to raised $2000 and two of his children have already donated $200 each.

He has also got good support from his work colleagues at Future Generation and NX Blue, with whom his is working on the Snowy 2.0b project, and the CFMEU.

“Construction workers have big hearts,” he said.

His employers are also donating a day’s worth of wages.

To support Wayne in his endeavour, go to doitforcancer.com.au and look for Sore Legs Sore Knees.