Four years after a grassfire left them with life threatening injuries during an ultra marathon in West Australian, Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson are taking to the trails in an effort to raise $4,000 for Oxfam.

It’s been four years since Turia Pitt, Kate Sanderson and Michael Hull suffered devastating burns while running an ultra marathon through the Kimberley in West Australia. Trapped by a grassfire and unable to be rescued for four hours, both Kate and Turia experienced burns to 60 percent of their bodies, and Kate lost half her left foot as a result of her injuries.

Both women have gone on to become national heroes, and Turia, who had four fingers from her left hand and her right thumb amputated, certainly doesn’t dwell on her injuries.

“A lot of people find it kind of bizarre, but my life is incredible,” she told the ABC earlier this year. “I’ve got an amazing partner, beautiful family and friends. I live in one of the best places in Australia in Ulladulla.

“So when people say they feel sorry for me, I don’t really get it. I don’t feel sorry for myself at all.”

Now, Turia and Kate are turning their attention to fundraising and, together with Robin Lennon and Bronwyn Hull – the wife of Michael Hull – will be taking part in the 100k Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney. With just 48 hours to complete the course, which runs from Parsley Bay to Tania Park, the Oxfam Trailwalker is one of Australia’s toughest charity events.

The event will be Kate’s seventh Trailwaker, but only the second she’s competed in since the fire. “I have participated in four Melbourne Trailwalkers, but this year was the first time since my accident,” she said.

“It was good to be back out there, even if I can’t run. It gave me a lot of confidence that I can still do the distance.”

For Kate, recovery has been a slow process.

“Getting back to events that I have done previous to the accident have been great as I am one step closer to getting my life back and being able to do the things I did before,” she said.

Their team – the Northside Runners – is one of 550 teams of four who will attempt to complete the course over 48 hours. With half the team based in Melbourne and half in Sydney, Kate says they have been training regularly for the upcoming Sydney event and are all very excited.

“Turia and Bronwyn have not done an Oxfam Trailwalker before so we don’t really know what our time will be, but I estimate it will take us about 26-28 hours,” she said.

“The more trailwalkers you do doesn’t make it any less of a challenge. I find them all equally challenging and my teams have always been made up of different people, so the dynamic is always great and we just have fun. Not to mention Oxfam is such a great cause to raise money for.”

Their team hopes to raise $4,000. Overall, this year’s event aims to raise $2.5 million to help people living in poverty around the world. We wish them and everyone taking part the very best of luck.

To make a donation to Kate’s team click here

By Lizzy Fowler