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Thursday, February 6th

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North Face 50km

A few observant folk have pointed out that I’ve never got round to posting a final update on running the North Face 50km trail run back in May.  So having just obtained a few pics of the event I thought I’d let my kind supporters know how it went… and THANK YOU of course for all the great support! It’s raised over $2,000 for the guys at Greyhound Rescue and I know they were extremely grateful for the much-needed cash. So if you’ve got a spare 20hrs or so please read about my day below… and the website’s still open if anyone feels inclined to donate more after reading!! https://give.everydayhero.com/au/john-mcfadzean

I was running the North Face 50, a 50km trail run through the beautiful Blue Mountains around Katoomba, as the 2nd of 2 endurance events I signed up to this year (the first being the 3 Peaks 235km cycle around Falls Creek). Having run a lot of trails around Sydney’s Northern Beaches in the build up to the event I was under no illusions about just how much effort was involved running that distance with so much climbing (over 2000m!)

The morning of the race was glorious- it seemed we were lucky to be getting one of those idyllic clear, crisp (albeit a little cold first thing) Blue Mountains days. Having eaten my porridge and chia seeds (secret weapon and energy source of the Incas- they’re still going strong, right?!) and prepared my food for the run (bananas, dried figs, mashed sweet potato, and some dodgy home-made energy bars- mmmm!) Mel dropped me off at the start line in the Fairmont Hotel, Leura, happy in the knowledge that this would be the last time she’d be called on for support duties!

The race kicked off at a respectable 8am, and with the sunshine starting to take the chill out of the air the atmosphere was pretty festive. As we crossed the start line I felt great, a week of very little running before the race had cleared up any niggling aches and pains. As we left the Fairmont gardens to join the first of the day’s trails I got into a solid pace which I knew I could maintain and started to move up through the field a little. Straight away the trail began to narrow, plunging and climbing around the gullies and cliffs edging Leura, an immediate indication of the terrain we’d be facing for the rest of the day.

At this time in the morning the sun was still coming in sideways, making running through the woods both stunning and a little arduous as the rays through the trees led to a constant strobing light and shade effect as we ran. At least this is the excuse I’m going with for what happened next…

Hundreds of kilometres of training, hours and hours of trails without a single mishap, yet despite all of this on the 4th kilometre of running today I failed to notice a tree root, twisting my ankle badly on it, and fell head over heels coming down hard on my knee. I quickly jumped to my feet, rubbed the damned ankle to check it didn’t feel broken, and carried on running. It was immediately sore, and my knee ached with some pretty dramatic blood streaming down my leg. The thought of running 46kms on hilly trails at the best of times is pretty daunting, so this development had really spiced things up!


There were 2 checkpoints- at 11km and 37km, and I thought I’d see if I could make it to the first checkpoint before deciding whether to continue. By about 8kms in my ankle and calf had turned a pretty unpleasant blue colour and was already swollen. At the 1st checkpoint my ankle had swollen to the extent that I had to loosen my trainer, so clearly I had to make a decision. All those miles of training, all those kind donations…

So with a combination of unreasonable optimism, anger at myself, a little stubbornness, and even a little nagging thought that ‘well, dying trying makes for a better story than just giving up’, I decided to go for it.

There was no point in going slowly as that would just prolong the pain, and even stopping for a couple of minutes at the checkpoint had caused my ankle and knee to begin to seize up. Ironically, it was going downhill which hurt the most and I was reduced to a hobble on the serious downhill stages, meaning that I had to make up time going uphill. So began a long day of being passed by people going downhill, only to be re-acquainted with them going up- not the ideal use of energy! The scenery was a fantastic distraction from all the hills, but it was astonishing just how hilly this route was- I honestly don’t remember a single flat bit of track. As we hit 25kms my food was keeping my energy levels up and I was in a near hallucinogenic state which actually felt pretty good (seems that pain and joy aren’t all that far apart!)

Then came the steps. Oh the steps! After a lengthy hill climb from the bottom of the forest valley I was faced with a cliff leading up to Katoomba. The Giant Stairway is an incredible engineering feat of around 1000 steps clinging to the side of the cliff which rises a few hundred metres, and it is a very tough climb, especially after 25kms. At the top I naively thought that was the end of the steps experience…

We reached the 2nd checkpoint at 37kms, I was exhausted but pretty sure I could finish. The checkpoint had loads of food and drinks and a well-meaning medic who insisted on treating my dodgy looking knee. He was quite concerned about it so I decided not to show him my ankle which looked really quite scary by this stage. After a day of eating all the right things to keep me going I spotted a huge box of gummy snakes, bears etc, and concluded the last 13 kms would be completed on a massive sugar-high!

Man I underestimated that last 13 kms- up and down and up the steps we went along the cliffs. Just when you thought you were on the same level as the finish line we’d plunge down another set of steps into another gully. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so much colourful language about steps before!

With 6 Hrs 45 mins on the clock I finally crossed the finish line in Fairmont Hotel gardens, Leura- exhausted, slightly delirious, and really quite proud of what can be achieved when you put your mind to something.



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For your diaries! Our next family friendly Trivia Night.

  Trivia Night
a family friendly fundraiser

hosted by

Brian Fairweather


Saturday, 23 November 2013



Forestville RSL

22 Melwood Ave


Great prizes to be won!!! Tickets $30
or $270 for a table of 10 booked in


Tickets include food nibbles.

Bookings to Peter on 0412 562 104 or peter@greyhoundrescue.com.au

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Trivia Night

We are now taking bookings for our Trivia Night located in Sydney – Alexandria, happening this August! Be quick, there are limited spots!!

We are also searching for some prizes and things to sell at our silent auction. Please email nora@dieppedesign.com if you are able to donate. Thank you in advance!

TN Alex




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Thank you!


Janet and Peter have been inundated with kindness recently and they would like to say thank you to the following people in no specific order.

Foster Carers

Thank you to those who have responded to our request for help, over 3 greyhounds went to foster carers since we asked and we have some more applications to follow up. So a good start but a long way to go and if you can help please call us on 0412 562 104 or email peter@greyhoundrescue.com.au

Barbara @ The Good Guys

Barbara and colleagues from the Chatswood branch of The Good Guys have recently donated $300 towards saving greyhounds! The Chatswood branch have kindly set up a donation tin for us where we will have issues of our recent Newsletter available to take for a gold coin.

Mosman Vets

Huge thank you to Mosman Vets for their massive effort in raising over $3000. There was a small but sweet support group consisting of Millie and her foster carers Nora & Ed, Angel (do you remember Angel the little blue fawn greyhound puppy?!) and her new brother Finn (see greyhound being carried!) and their dad Darran (mummy Alex had work commitments but made it to Bunnings instead!) plus Sandy (minus her greyhound brother Bear who has had a recent operation but made it to Bunnings too) and her dad Joe and human brother Sam.

We had a wonderful breakfast set up by Mosman Vet’s practice manager, Charlotte and her team of staff. Thank you so much to all of you! The doggies also loved their breakfast kibble, including Sandy who clearly doesn’t get fed enough 😉

The biggest thanks has to go to the runners who ran in pretty cold temperatures with an early start at 7AM! We are so sorry we didn’t manage to grab all of you for the photos – we blame the sleeping greyhounds and your warm office 🙂

Abbie, Millie’s vet, has to have a special mention too. Abbie is one of the organisers of this recurring event and Abbie has worked so hard to spread the word and raise the funds. Abbie was unfortunately not well enough to run today but Millie and all of Greyhound Rescue’s greyhounds and our human team thank you for the money raised and all the hard work you have put in for this special little greyhound.

Jess Crause


Millie models one of two coats that were donated by Jess who runs Oboe and Piccolo. Thanks Jess! So very kind and sweet to donate something she needs this winter. Jess designs and makes custom fitted harness, snuggle sacks and coats. Please visit her shop on Etsy.com (also one of the best places to buy a martingale collar) http://www.etsy.com/shop/oboeandpiccolo

Jess has also made coats for all our kennel hounds as we never have enough! Thank you so much Jess!

Ashley Coleman

Thank You to Ashley Coleman, the GM of T.F.H Australia who import pet supplies. Ashley popped in to see Millie at Mosman Vets and donated a HEAP of toys, bowls, bedding and treats to her!! What a lovely chap! Thank you Ashley from all of us here at Greyhound Rescue! Her foster carers say that she LOVES her toys especially the quacking moose 🙂


Animals Australia

Thank you to Animals Australia who shared Millie’s Story on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAustralia. We received a huge number of facebook ‘likers’ right after this post was shared. Please visit Animals Australia’s action page for greyhound racing: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/save-greyhounds/

Bec Harvey

Bec Harvey heard about Millie’s Story and has donated physio services from Animal Rehab Center in Narabeen to assist with Millie’s ongoing care. Thank you so much Bec. Millie’s had her first visit and her foster carers have learnt some tricks and training to help Millie ensure she is using all those muscles and placing the paw down when still. You can check them out here.

Vineyard Vets

Thank you to Rob Zammit and his team at Vineyard Vets for their ongoing support. Their support has been crucial to the operation of Greyhound Rescue. Without Rob’s assistance on our vet bills, we would surely not be able to save as many greyhounds as we do. Thank you Rob.

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A Sad End to Boot’s Story


A lot of you will know Boot’s Story from our website, facebook page and our most recent edition of The Greys Matter. For those of you who do not know, Boots had an injury to his hip as a puppy that was never treated, so for two years he walked around with a dislocated hip that must have been very painful.

Recently Boots underwent hip surgery and was recovering slowly from that. On Tuesday of this week he went for his usual physiotherapy session where he walked on a conveyor belt in water, the session finishing early as he did not seem himself. Moments later he was obviously in great pain and we rushed him to the nearest vet which was The Sydney University. An MRI showed fluid along the spine which was first thought to be an infection but may have been blood. The pressure from this fluid was affecting the nerves controlling Boots back legs and he had lost the use of them within 10 minutes of the initial onset.

Despite every effort from the vets the paralysis was fast approaching Boots’ lungs and we had no option but say goodbye to him.

Greyhounds are gentle and affectionate animals that make excellent family pets and Boots was a prime example of this. He lived with other greyhounds and little dogs and despite his problems he loved his walks and would literally bounce up and down when it was time to go out. He lived life to the full and even in his last few days was stoic to the end.

We would like to thank everyone who supported Boots’ operation, recovery and final days.

Rest in Peace Boots, you will never be forgotten.

Peter, Janet and all at Greyhound Rescue

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Greyhound Rescue’s “A Walk in the Park” 2013


Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 10:00am until 3:00pm


The Grand Drive, Centennial Park (http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visitor_info/parklands_maps)

‘Ash Paddock’,  D6 on the  map (http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/8402/map_spread_only_2.pdf)



Greyhound Rescue is hosting a walk to increase awareness of the charity and greyhounds as pets. It will also be a GREYT social event for all interested in greyhounds.

Before the walk:

SAVE THE DATE! Please gather at Ash Paddock to drop off picnic, bags, have a coffee etc

Greyhound Rescue’s “A Walk in the Park” – http://www.facebook.com/events/230321320442304/

During the walk:

Humans and dogs of all ages and sizes are welcome. We are allowed 4 leashed dogs per person on The Grand Drive and unfortunately greyhounds must be muzzled as this is not an official event. Greenhounds are the exception.

After the walk:

You are all invited to have a picnic social. Some refreshments and snacks will be provided but we would love if you were able to bring a dish to share.

For those that are unable to physically walk The Grand Drive but still want to take part at the event, feel free to come along and sit at the picnic area to support the others.

Volunteers are also welcome!


Latest Information:

Check out the facebook event page.

Greyhound Rescue’s “A Walk in the Park” – http://www.facebook.com/events/230321320442304/

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Welcome the new Greyhound Rescue Van!

Welcome the new Greyhound Rescue van!!!

We are so proud to announce we had finally got enough funds to buy a van we can transport greyhounds, donated food, market stall items etc in!! Thank you to every single one of you that voted for us in the Sun Super vote, to Kris Farley who nominated Greyhound Rescue, to Mosman Vets and all who donated to Mosman Vets Mini Mos race last year, to everyone that donates in general and YOU for supporting us.

To the volunteers – some may get to drive this beast to and from pounds, kennels and markets so here is a heart felt thanks to you and the blood sweat and tears you put in. Greyhound Rescue would not be where they are now without you.

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Go John!

John and Amelia adopted Maggie and Jimmy from us, probably two years ago now. Two beautiful black greys that you may have met at Stalls or Sausage Sizzles.

They have already been so generous in their donations but now John is going to trek through not one event but TWO in the hope of raising some funds for Greyhound Rescue.


John writes the following: “EVENT 1- Sunday 10th March:
Cycle the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge- 235km; 3 Epic Climbs covering Tawonga Gap, Mt Hotham & Falls Creek covering over 4,500m of elevation; 13 Hour time limit.
Considered one of Australia’s toughest 1-day rides. Some details below show what makes it such a challenge (and make me slightly concerned)-http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/94609/

EVENT 2- Saturday 18th May:
Run the Australian North Face 50KM- 50km trail run through the NSW Blue Mountains; 11 hour time limit.

Another corker across some tough trail including over 1500m of climbing. http://www.thenorthface100.com.au/RaceInfo/50#Course

While doing this I’m hoping to raise some much needed funds for a cause doing some incredible work against the odds (literally) in Australia.

It’s a little talked about fact that the Greyhound racing industry in Australia is responsible for thousands of healthy dogs being put down every year. It goes deeper than what to do with retirees, and it is estimated that only 1 in 10 dogs bred for racing even make it to the track with thousands of healthy young greyhounds routinely ‘euthanised’ every year. It is especially sad as greyhounds have a gentle nature and a long history of being great family pets.

Greyhound Rescue is a charity which helps save and re-home Greyhounds dumped by the racing industry to be killed, either as youngsters because they didn’t make the cut as a racer, or because they are minimally injured or have reached the end of their racing days. The charity was started by Peter and Janet Flann who single-handedly took on this cause without any state funding, and over the years they have worked tirelessly with some dedicated volunteers to save hundreds of healthy greyhounds from being needlessly put to death, and go on to live long happy lives as pets.

The number of greyhounds killed by the racing industry each year in Australia is staggering, and I’m hoping to raise some much needed funds to help Greyhound Rescue save more of these incredible animals, and also help raise awareness of this little known plight.”

Go John!!! We all support and thank you!!

Please share the link/donate to support this epic journey he will be enduring for the greyhounds!


Here is John’s diary of the first event: Cycle the Scody Peaks Challenge

Quick update on progress so far (sorry for slight delay, was waiting for some pictorial evidence to come through)…

In a nutshell- EVENT 1 completed, EVENT 2 training going well (well, going!), with the Blue Mountains looming large!

For those of you who asked for some details, this is how things panned out…

EVENT 1: Cycle the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge- Check!
On Friday 8th March I headed down to the Victorian Alps, staying in a cabin half way up Falls Creek Mountain. As Mt Hotham road had been closed due to bush fires and landslides (I know!) the organisers had tweaked the route, meaning we tackled the stunning Mount Buffalo instead, as well as an extra punchy little peak towards the end. As soon as we arrived I immediately became aware of just how big and steep some of the climbs are in this region (the “Alps” part should probably have given this away) and what an effort this was going to be, even in perfect conditions. Turned out the conditions on the day made things all the more taxing…

5.30am on Sunday I headed up the mountain to the start line in Falls Creek, where about 1,500 people were getting ready to kick off a long day of cycling. Having never done the event I was right at the back which gave me a great view as the sun began to rise and everyone started to career down the winding road. Some of those around me had clearly decided that the main part of the cycle they’d make up time would be on the downhill sections, leading to one of the scariest 30 kms of my life- I was going downhill at a pretty conservative 60-odd kmh while others sped past me as if I was standing still, including one poor chap who flashed by at one of the first corners only to disappear off the side of the mountain (he was fine, though his bike wasn’t)! On that first hill alone I counted 3 accidents and 4 punctures. Suffice to say I decided to take it slightly easy on that first hill.

By the top of Tawonga Gap (the first peak) I’d managed to get a good rhythm and had moved up through the line well, feeling confident about the hills, especially with the distraction of the scenery which was awesome. What started to concern me was the heat. By 9am the temp was around 32 Degrees, and every minute the sun was rising I could feel the temperature going up too.

Mount Buffalo was one of the most incredible cycles of my life, around 25 kms long, amazing views at every steep turn, and at the top there was an old gent with a hose! Man I was pleased to see him!! Given the heat the various hoses set up around the course were attracting quite a crowd. After queuing to top up my water, I left the others enjoying a well-earned break and headed down the hill on my own. 30 kms of beautifully cambered winding road completely to myself. Heaven after the earlier Falls Creek descent mayhem.

This was the point after which the joy ended! On reaching the lunch stop at about 11.30am the temp had reached around 40 degrees, and the next 100 kms felt like I was being roasted in a merciless, rolling oven (in fact one of the towns was called Ovens! I laughed, because otherwise I’d have cried!). I’ve honestly never been so conscious of all my energy being sapped out of me as I felt during the next 100kms. As the afternoon wore on we passed cyclists strewn across the side of the road, huddled under lone trees for at least a little respite. I managed to join a few people growing into a mini peloton for some of this section, giving us at least a little occasional slipstream from the fan-heater wind, though this splintered pretty quickly given the fatigue setting in.

Ironically, it was the smallest peak of the day, Rosewhite Gap, which caused the most pain so far. After 160km and that sapping heat I felt every inch of it. Then the pain continued to the 200km mark at which point I reached the base of Falls Creek. 30 kms of serious climbing to go…

I can’t remember the pain, but remember getting into a good rhythm again. I’d managed to keep eating throughout the course so my brain knew I had some energy left even if my body disagreed. I drank about 1.5 litres of water every hour or so, but even so, I was parched. With 17km to go I passed our cabin and my ‘support team’ (Mel and the dogs!) had a little extra water for me (good skills- how did you guess!), and as I continued a kid and his mum were pouring jugs of ice cold water over passers-by- again, a life saver, but then the rest of the climb I was on my own. Littering the road were poor souls who’d blown up or decided to take a 5 minute r&r in the hope of finding that last ounce of energy, some curled up in the foetal position (quite a disturbing sight!)! I don’t remember the pain but it must have been extreme because I recall seeing the 4 kms to go sign and thinking that I might just stop and call it a day! Clearly that wasn’t really an option so I told my legs to shut up and get on with it.

Almost 20% had to abandon with heat exhaustion or technical difficulties, and I’m sure I came close on numerous occasions. In the end I crossed the line 11 hrs 15 mins after starting that morning (9hrs 30mins of cycling time), thankfully well within the 13 hour limit, and still in one piece.

Not sure I have the words to describe how good the steak and beer tasted that night!


On to EVENT 2- the North Face 50KM trail run through the Blue Mountains.

A couple of niggling injuries (running hurts!) meant that the running training was a little slow to get going after the 3 peaks, but last weekend I was in the Blue Mountains and things are starting to click again. A few big trails and the injuries seem to have gone. With this in mind I woke early this morning and covered 23kms of trails before work. Only 27kms to go! One thing is for sure- this is going to be incredibly hard, so some work to be done before 18th May.

Oh, and we’ve received $1,787 in donations so far, which is quite unbelievable! Many thanks for your kind support, it’s really appreciated. Would be great to keep this going!


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Once again we are putting out the call for foster carers in the greater Sydney area for our rescued greyhounds. By going into foster care not only do the dogs have a better life, they learn how to be better happier pets. Some may never have used stairs, heard vacuum cleaners, slept inside on a comfy bed, seen glass doors, had to go out to pee, been given guidance on “good dog manners”…the list goes on.

At present our kennels are full as we have had


If you are able to become one of our foster carers we would be truly grateful. Foster carers really only need 2 main things- the time to give a greyhound some real love and attention (walks, cuddles, good food, comfy bed) and a secure house/yard. If you already have other pets or kids (or not) that’s OK- we can choose a greyhound that will suit your household, if we don’t have a suitable one right now it won’t be long til we do! Please contact us urgently Peter 0412 562 104 or peter@greyhoundrescue.com.au.

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