While there are some, more level headed companies who opt in for routine 5km fun runs, Agri Labour Australia’s Recruitment Coordinator, Ruth Bond, believes in going above and beyond the industry standard and challenging our team to their limit.
On Sunday the 2nd of February, three of our more agreeable recruitment officers started their day with a gruelling long distance triathlon in Goondiwindi, QLD, all in the name of embracing the rural spirit and developing our Agri Labour team culture.
It is considered one of Australia’s toughest and most challenging endurance races. Not for the faint hearted, it is a 2KM swim through the murky waters of the Macintyre River, 80km cycle loop out to the local canola fields and back, followed by a 20KM run including three loops of the township in the stifling 40 degree heat of the Goondiwindi summer.
Ruth got the team off to a cracking start overcoming the initial thrash of swimmers and perplexed local pelicans to record a fantastic time of 48minutes. A spectacularly lycra clad Liam was next on the scene clipping into his Trek for a testing 80KM cycle through the headwinds of the Darling Downs. With Liam out on his cycle leg the Agri Labour support crew waited with great anticipation at the transition zone back at race HQ.
Just as we were about to call for the search and rescue crew to retrieve our assumed lost Recruitment Consultant, an unmistakable smile of relief soared around the final bend on two wheels and finished off in style.
All that was left now was for Mitchell to complete the 20KM run, consisting of three casual loops around the Goondiwindi Township. Mitchell, driving overnight from AFLQ pre-season camp in Mount Barney the day prior, competed hard and brought home team Agri Labour with a wet sail completing the 21KM in 1 hour 19 minutes.
Despite an apparent lack of adequate training for the event our team all showed substantial courage to finish the endurance event in good time and will definitely be back to do it all again as a team in 2015!