While Brent Grundy may still be sore from his 450km ride, he said it was well worth it.By Trent Horneman
Echuca’s Brent Grundy believes the pain of riding more than 450km over four days was worth it.
Mr Grundy rode from Echuca to Portland to raise money and awareness of spinal cord injury group Independence Australia.
After finishing the ride on Saturday, Mr Grundy said he was sore, but glad to have completed the journey.
‘‘It made having a sore bum worth it,’’ he said.
Mr Grundy has raised $3220 for the charity and also had the chance to raise awareness of spinal cord injury.
‘‘As I rode closer to Portland, I had a few more toots,’’ he said.
‘‘Along the way I had a woman pull me up to make a donation. She had no idea who I was or what I was doing but she wanted to help.’’
Mr Grundy said despite a 170km trip on day three from Ararat to Heywood, the first leg from Echuca to Maryborough was the hardest leg of the ride.
‘‘I think it was the heat,’’ he said as he revealed his red legs.
‘‘As I rode into the hills, I thought to myself that if I could survive having a personal trainer try to break me in the gym, then I could survive the climb. The hills were not going to break me,’’ he said.
Mr Grundy said the final moments of the ride were his highlight.
‘‘Riding into Portland I rode with my son and my daughter was pushing my father’s wheelchair,’’ he said.
‘‘Having my father, who inspired me to do this, on the ride was great. He was pretty damn happy with what I had done.’’
After donating his body for a few days of pain, Mr Grundy said he would be keen to continue to raise money for Independence Australia in the future.
Goulburn Valley Health’s renal patients have seven new hand-sewn quilts to call their own.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
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