Cathy Grace

Take on your own challenge

Cathy tackles the 115km Heysen Ultra for Willow

Hi there

Some of you may (or may not)  know but I have been in training this year to take on the 115km Heysen Ultra in October

I am  now turning my challenge into a fundraiser and dedicating it to the memory of my darling niece Willow, who sadly passed away in April this year, the day before her first birthday. 

Willow was born at 28 weeks and spent 170 days in hospital throughout her short life, the first 80 of those in Flinders Medical Centre, who were instrumental in helping her overcome some major hurdles. They also helped her big sister Hazel, when she was born premature at 34 weeks.

All  funds raised will go to the Flinders Medical Centre NICU to help fund a Nava Ventilator.  This ventilator uses state of the art technology and is able to support babies smaller than 500g. It is a truly lifesaving piece of equipment  and will be a first for Flinders.

Any and all donations, large or small would be appreciated

Hoping I can channel some of Willow's incredible fighting spirit as I tackle this one


Love Cathy 

My Updates

Yurrebilla Ultra

So yesterday 26/9/21 as part of my training I tackled the 28km distance in the Yurrebilla Ultra. 
It was hot, with some serious hills, almost 1000m of elevation. Bloody hard work but keeping me on track for the big day, which is now less than 4 weeks away :)

Training on track 18/8/21

Smashed out a 50km training  run today in Belair National Park. Was it tough?  hell yeah. No where as tough as everything Willow was put through.  I’ve got this Willow xxxxx

Not the Greenbelt Challenge 25/7/21

So I should have run the Greenbelt Challenge today as part of my training but Covid put a stop to that. Did the 30km on the treadmill instead. If I’m honest, just a little bit happy that it was cancelled, would not have enjoyed being out in that weather. Training  on track for the Heysen Ultra 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Cathy Grace

I know Willow will be running with me 💕💕


Steve Grace


Margie Simpson

Fantastic effort hope all goes well xxx


Amanda & Jagger

Your amazing


Jessica Kuckhahn

Cathy, you are so inspiring!!!


Sue Horwood

You go girl


Michelle Hanlin

I'm so excited to see you smash this. You've worked so hard toward this ♥️


Debbie Willey

Run like the wind with your head held high xxx


A Squaddie

Keep up the good work Cathy



Go Cathy! A wonderful, heart-breaking cause; what a special person you are. My heart goes out to all of Willow’s extended family xx


Phil Pethick


Samantha Williams

Can't wait to see you smash this for Willow <3


Belinda Van Hees

Every step you take will be worth it. You are amazing. Wonderful cause.



You’re an amazing Aunt raising awareness and funds for this great cause. Epic distance. Good luck! 🌟🌟


Sally Hoskin

Fabulous effort. A heartbreaking cause, Willow an incredible fighter. Flinders neonates is very close to my heart. Looking after Tiarnah for her first weeks. I am forever thankful to them.





Best wishes Cathy for the results you’ve planned. You can do it 👍 You will do it !!!!



All the best Cathy. Fantastic cause


Chris Barsby

Great cause. FMC Neonate is so important, great staff, who have an enormous impact during a big part of people’s lives. Awesome thing you are doing, Cathy.


Lovell Kathryn

For all the babies who left us too soon


Sarah Rigby

Running for a wonderful cause xx well done and good luck!!