A Letter From the Organisers
3 years ago my family made the hard decision to move my 93 year old mother to Imlay house. My mum Joan had been a long time resident of Port Macquarie but eventually settled in Pambula just up the road from Merimbula – my home and favourite place on earth. Having no car and a mother falling ill within walking distance meant I got to know the bike path between Pambula and Merimbula extremely well. I would often have my friends or my husband, Andy drive me up to visit Mum, spend hours talking to her before walking the 5km back to Merimbula bridge and home.
The walk begun as a method of transportation but soon turned into a personal challenge of how fast I could walk home and how many steps I could take in a day. Having struggled with my weight for some time and dealing with a sore ankle from a car accident in my youth the walking did me wonders. I felt fitter and stronger than ever and really looked forward to my walks from Pambula to Merimbula… Then it all changed.
In December 2017 my mother passed away after declining rapidly in Imlay house. It was a tough time for me but I took comfort in knowing my mum was in a better place. I also took comfort from my walking but was left yearning for more. I continued to walk the bike path but never being able to walk the 10km up and back, I had never been back all the way down the path I had walked so many times. It became my goal to increase my fitness to become happier and healthier with the goal of being able to run the 5k from Pambula to Merimbula.
I never imagined this would be possible but with the help of my son James and the team at JT Multisport I managed to complete the 5km in the 2018 inaugural Pambula to Merimbula 5km. The event provided a great day out for the community and raised much needed funds for a great cause. I invite everyone to join me on December 1st 2019 to run, jog or walk the second annual JT Multisport Pambula to Merimbula 5k to raise funds for Marine Rescue Merimbula in honour of my mum Joan and all the residents at Imlay house who have come to the Sapphire Coast and found eternal happiness.
- Jenny x