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


Erin Canto


Kylie Ferguson

YOU ARE AMAZING !!! $10 per km seems fitting !


Emma , Dylan , Hazel & Willow

We are so proud of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you . YOU BLOODY DONE IT ! And I had no doubt you would . This is from Willow - we love you x


Cathy Grace

I know Willow will be running with me 💕💕


Steve Grace


Margie Simpson

Fantastic effort hope all goes well xxx


Melissa Janssen


Simon And Stacy Blair

What an amazing challege and such a amazing cause. Seeing you tackle everything in you way we have no doubt you will absolutely smash this challege.




Erin Colebatch

Congratulations on your huge run Cathy! A great achievement in support of a wonderful cause x


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



Wow wow you bloody legend!


Caroline Mannix


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


Patty Allan



Paint Central

Well done Cathy 🏃🏽‍♀️Amazing !👏🏻


Phil Pethick


Kylie Damen

You’ve got this Mum - we are super proud of you and love seeing you smash it!


Cathryn Hayes

Good luck hope your ankle holds up, wish to god you where running for another reason, love Cathy & Terry 💜


Bob And Natalie Urry

Great effort, well done


Trish And Alex

Cathy, you are a machine and an inspiration, best of luck for the day but doubt you will need luck,. We are sure you will smash it with your little Willow guiding you along the way xx


Nellzy The Cheerleader ????

Your amazing woman Cathy well done xx


Tracy Hume

A fabulous cause. Good luck Cath. Hope you have great weather and a terrific run. All the best Tracy & Greg


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.


Paice Clan

In a league of your own. Crossing the line at the finish will be an emotional reward worth all the pain. Enjoy!



You are one amazing woman and so inspiring. Wishing you all the best for the run. We will be cheering for you. Good luck hope it all goes to plan.



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


Louise Hill

Wow Cathy! You did it! I have followed your run via Steve’s posts since yesterday morning. You are an absolute legend. You should be beyond proud of yourself and the money you’ve raised.


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.


Paula & Anthony

My heart goes out to all of Willow's family.




Loraine Eastwood

Good luck Cathy



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.


Anna Eadie

Inspiring Cathy, well done!!


Lovell Kathryn

For all the babies who left us too soon


Lyn Polst

Such a sad story and experience Cathy and one that I hope many others who experience similar can be helped by the purchase of the ventilator. Congratulations to you for helping make it possible 🤞😘


Susan Feleppa

You’re an inspiration Cathy!


Julianne Simpson

All the best Cathy! So much strength and love to you and in memory of gorgeous Willow xx


Bel And Sean

Best wishes xx


Chris, Connie & Hannah

Good lucky Cathy. Great cause and effort You awesome.


Sarah Rigby

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


Vicki Gartner

Good on you Cathy, loosing a child is one of the worse things someone can go through. Have a great run, you are an inspiration. ❤


Helen Kersten

You are Amazing Cathy, hope it all goes well.


Nicola Jackson


P & W Smith

All the best, You're a legend - a great cause - love you xx