When four Castle Hill lads signed up for a charity event they thought it would, literally, be a walk in the park.
The Band of Brothers, as they are known — Benny Mutton, Gez Mansfield, Danny Gough and Scotty Dobson — have instead spent hundreds of hours training on outer Sydney’s rugged bush trails.
The four former Oakhill College students are training for Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100 kilometre-trek through bushland over 48 hours.
Mr Mansfield said it had been hard but rewarding work.
‘‘A few team members, probably all of us, are guilty of thinking it would be somewhat of a walk in the park,’’ he said.
‘‘We quickly discovered this was not the case when we ventured out on our first training walk.
‘‘It was heavy going and we quickly realised training was going to play an instrumental part in our success or failure.
‘‘But there’s always an element of guts, determination and willpower required in an event of this calibre, that no amount of training can prepare you for.’’
So they have put in the hard-yards, trekking up to 45 kilometres some days, including overnight hikes, in all kinds of weather.
But the rewards are starting to show.
With three weeks until the event the foursome has already exceeded its $5000 target.
‘‘We have been absolutely astounded by the generous and enthusiastic support we have received,’’ Mr Mansfield said.
‘‘The team has put so much time and effort into fund-raising so it is just awesome to see our family, friends and the community get behind us in such a big way.’’
All money raised goes to Oxfam’s efforts to overcome poverty.
People can follow the Band of Brother’s progress and donate at trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/14411