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From Currumbin to Cooktown
The inaugural NT Q10 Challenge July 18th to July 30th 2019 will be a promotional record breaking expedition when these 4 world class adventurers attempt to run, kayak or mountain bike all 10 Great Walks in just 10 days!
As far as we know, no one has ever completed these walks consecutively in such a short time.
With the benefit of the promotional films of each track and training notes the NT Q10 Great Walk Challenge will be opened up to the general public from 2020, as a shore based experience from Currumbin to Cooktown facilitated by NTAQ for travellers and adventure seekers to venture ‘off the beaten track’ on the 10 Great Walks of Queensland, across varying terrain and distances, carefully chosen in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife.
From 2020 to 2030, NTAQ hopes to organise the NT Q10 annually to help raise funds from NTAQ members participating to fund conservation and empower Indigenous opportunity in the regions the tracks pass through. The intention is any funding will deliver the legacy of 'Modern Acts of Reconciliation' inspired by the anniversary of 250 years since Cook explored the east coast of Australia.
The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) (NTAQ) is Queensland’s leading membership based charity protecting, conserving and celebrating Queensland’s Environmental, Built and Cultural Heritage. NTAQ own and operate some of Queensland’s most iconic heritage tourism attractions including world famous Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, and the James Cook Museum, Cooktown, Far North Queensland.
The National Trust Q10 Challenge is inspired by the amazing achievements of a team of experienced adventurers including Luke Edwards, now a Business Development Manager for NTAQ, Ben Southall Queensland’s ‘Adventurepreneur’, winner of the ‘Best Job in the World 2009' and journalist and adventurer Pat Kinsella…who have both conquered so far the ‘Aussie Eight’ – eight of the highest peaks in Australia over eight days then the ‘New Zealand Nine’ – the nine great walks of New Zealand in nine days…. …now the ultimate 10 day challenge…NT Q10 Challenge… joined in 2019 by the amazing Lisa Marshall or ‘TrekCoach’.
A business development manager for NTAQ who introduced the concept of a 10 day Queensland based challenge to NTAQ…. an experienced trail runner, mountain biker licensed skydiver, world record holder, husband, father. His day job includes managing National Trust Wolston Farmhouse and raising the profile of the National Trust in the Greater Brisbane area. Luke will be the best contact for future corporate partnerships with NTAQ inspired by NT Q10 Challenges.
In 2009, Ben Southall became a household name globally. Trumped over 35,000 applicants to win Tourism and Events Queensland’s ‘Best Job in the World’, the face and spirit of the most successful tourism marketing campaign in history. The dream gig catapulted Ben into an enduring career as a presenter and media talent. Highlights include being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, touring the world as a keynote speaker and being the lead talent in a series for National Geographic. Ben has tackled two mammoth road trips, circumnavigating Africa and driven from Singapore to London – because he could. Ben has completed four major endurance challenges in recent years, establishing them as world firsts and world records. He has also established two successful businesses and his story is proof anyone can achieve extraordinary things, as long as they’re willing to dream big and back themselves.
UK based Patrick Kinsella has been chasing adventures and writing about the outdoors for two decades. He has canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked across the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set speed records with Luke and Ben for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. A former editor of Get Lost, Wild and Outer Edge, he’s a long time contributor to magazines including Outdoor, National Geographic Traveller, Trail Running, Sidetracked, The Great Outdoors, Outdoor Fitness and Adventure Travel, and a regular writer for Lonely Planet (for whom he recently compiled the Atlas of Adventure, a guide to outdoor pursuits around the globe), and authored two books about walking in England’s South West.
An entrepreneur and mum of two, Lisa Marshall has built successful businesses in the outdoor Fitness and Events Industry since 2006 and fulfils her passion for getting people back into nature and fit for adventure. She passionately encourages everyone she meets to put their health first in their day-to-day juggle of work and home life. Lisa’s passion and purpose in life are to get people out hiking and share the magic of being active outdoors. She has climbed the three highest peaks in Africa, including Mt Kilimanjaro, trekked the toughest long distance hike in Corsica, the GR20; walked 100kms in 17 hours in the Oxfam Trailwalker and won the female team title, carried a full pack through the iconic Bungle Bungles whilst 11 weeks pregnant, climbed Mt Gower on Lord Howe Island and survived the earthquake in Kathmandu in 2015. She has directed successful outdoor events with over 3,500 participants in lightning, heat and rain, over 48 hours.
Working in fields ranging from DOP, Senior Editor through Executive Producer & Director, Anthony Gordon has enjoyed a diversified career spanning 20 years to encompass all aspects of publishing, multimedia, marketing, web and broadcast, film and documentary and television series production. Following on from eight years working for the Red Cross as a remote area Trauma Specialist Anthony brought his remote area, mountaineering and survival expertise to the production skill set to become one of the world’s greatest remote area wilderness storytellers. Understanding the psychology of motivation and organisational limitations has created an innate ability to always meet deadlines and impossible goals with very unique results. Anthony now heads Nothin’ But Shorts International to deliver all his experience to clients on a world stage from the jungles of Ecuador to the desserts of the Middle East and the heights of the Himalayas. Not to mention the 120+ world champions in a variety of sports that he has told stories about through his lenses.