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Bourne’s Simpson Desert effort | Latrobe Valley Express

Good spirits: Blake Bourne has returned from his trip to the Simpson Desert. Photographs Fit Focus Media



COULD you imagine trotting across a desert in 30 degree heat? Not me.

Traralgon local Blake Bourne has recently returned from his trip to the Simpson Desert, with memories both good and bad.

Bourne set out to attempt to break the world record of running 380 kilometres across the Simpson Desert in less than three days and eight hours, a record set by Pat Farmer in 1998.

To cut to the chase, Bourne’s attempt was unsuccessful, yet has emerged from the experience with a handful of new lessons and the will to want to try again.

“It’s one of those things where I’ve invested so much time and energy into it, to fall short is a bit of a kick in the guts,” Bourne said.

“I would’ve preferred to be back here knowing I’ve gone the distance, now that I’m back I just want to get back out there again and finish it off.

“But, I believe regardless of the outcome we were still able to make some positive change, so I think that’s awesome.”

While attempting to break a 25-year-old record, Bourne’s main cause was to raise money for mental health via the Black Dog Institute.

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit facility for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Talking to Bourne, in February, he spoke on his own mental health battles that he faced in the past.

“I’ve been through a few mental health battles myself,” Bourne told The Express in February.

“I’ve seen mates go through the same thing and watched mates lose people to suicide.

“The impact and seeing how it affect their lives,

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