Luke's 500km Challenge

By Luke Robertson

The April Project - 500km in 1 month - For mum

It seems as though anyone you talk to has been affected or knows of someone who has been impacted by cancer. Yet this does not dilute the suffering and heartbreak of its effect. Bowel cancer is no exception, being the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia, stripping people of a mate, an uncle, a grandparent, a sibling or a parent. The most heartbreaking bowel cancer statistic of all is that it can be 99% treated successfully if caught early enough.

In 2019 however, the thing that I, somewhat naively, disregarded as an improbable nightmare became a reality. My mum was unexpectedly diagnosed with bowel cancer. As an unaware 16-year-old and a perception of your parents that seem indestructible, the reality of the situation never sunk in. To tell you the truth, it still hasn’t. After battling for 4 years Mum could no longer put on a brave face, passing on April 26th, 4 days after her 54th birthday, making April a very special month for me and my family.

Nothing really prepares you for the realization of going through life and all its milestones without a Mum by your side, yet something so commonly robbed of people at the hand of cancer. Despite all she went through she always remained strong and positive, even at the most trying of times, a trait I hope to continue on. It is something I never really talk about and for many this part of my life may be unknown to them. I don’t intend for it to put the spotlight on me or even Mum to be completely honest, simply hoping to make something positive out of, what has been a tough situation, in true mum fashion.

I have always wanted to do something in Mum’s honour in the hope that it can support future families. In the last few months with Mum, I talked about wanting to do a marathon, however, for some delusional reason, it now seems that a marathon would be far too sensible. I’m a below-average runner, a seriously poor cyclist and an even worse swimmer, so naturally the logical decision is to do all three. In the month of April, given it’s significance to my family I intend to cover 500km. To achieve this milestone, I will be completing;




TOTAL (km) 


1 x Ironman Challenge

3.9km swim – 180.2km ride – 42.2km run



1 x Goggins Challenge

6.44 km every 4 hours for 48hrs



1 x Ultra-Marathon




2 x Olympic Triathlon

(1.5km swim – 40km ride – 10km run) x 2  



1 x Marathon



Month Total



I will be updating the journey online to hold myself accountable for those interested in following along. My donation goal is to reach $10,000, something I would be extremely humbled to achieve. Any donation big or small would be appreciated more than you could know and will go to better facilitate bowel cancer research and spread much-needed awareness on its prevention through the Jodi Lee Foundation.

My Achievements

Fundraising Page

Received 5 Donations

Reached Goal

Increased Target

My Updates

Ironman - Leg 1

Tuesday 2nd Apr

Order of Events

Tuesday 2nd Apr
Image outlines the order of events. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


St Mark's Charitable

Amazing effort Luke, we are all so proud!


Jenny Brown





Steve & Barb Moffatt

Good luck👍



We are cheering on Luke from your surfing group in Christchurch. Hope you raise all you hope and more.


Nic Robertson

I only have one better word than PROUD. LOVE! ….Your spirit. Your heart. Your soul. Your energy. Your ambition. Your determination. Your friends. Your success! Go get em Luke. Shooting beyond those starts as ever. X


Em And Andy Toogood

Wowzers Luke 🤩 I love it - the April Project! Just like your mum too - not doing things by halves. Wishing you the very best of luck and a following wind for each and every one of the challenges 🏊‍♂️🚴‍♂️🏃‍♂️


Noah Robertson

Good luck mate 🫡


The Taylors !

well done Luke many congratulations david, Kelly, maddie & James


Lauren Mellett


Lachlan Clarke

Amazing Robbo! Absolute legend and all for an amazing cause. Love your work xx


William Edwards

Gday Mate, I played you in QLD a long time ago for Tassie and met you again when you came to a Hobart lions training. I wish you all the best for this, say Gday to Noah and Nick for me aswell. Cheers


Paul And Jenny Montefiore

All the best Luke


Timothy Weir


Bell Family.

Well done Luke! I know your beautiful mum will be watching over you.


Family Donnelly

Go Luke go! We'll be cheering you on all 500 km


Jules Richards

Cheering you on Luke as you smash the Ultra marathon on your dear mum’s birthday today. I’ve been thinking about you a lot. Truly inspirational 🌟 sending love 🧡



Been absolutely smashing it Luke. Amazing what u have done


Aidan Murphy

Incredible stuff mate.


Cameron Akehurst

Well done Robbo!


Carol Lindner

Fabulous achievement Luke! 🌟



A truely inspirational effort. Well done Luke Now rest up


Craig And Sharon Barlow

Mighty achievement, well done Luke. Such a personal way to raise awareness for bowel cancer in memory of your mum.


Jane Wilkinson

Well done Luke, a fantastic achievement for a fantastic woman. She lives on in you all. Xxx


Spiby Family

Luke. Outstanding mate. Very proud of you for this and many other things you have achieved, endured, overcome and persevered to create great outcomes. Spibys. x


Meldrum Family

All the best, Luke. Much love from the Meldrum family...Stuart, Sarah, Harry & Sol


The Wingfield Family

Can't believe that you sprinted the last lap of your Ironman last night, and smashed a sub-4! (from your Christchurch support crew)


Phoenix Smith

Good on you Luke. All the best with your efforts.


Luke Masters


Jaiden Jude


Andy Butters

Amazing achievement, hope you can reach your target.


Alistair Banks

Best of luck Luke with your extreme challenges. Hope all goes well.


The Uk Robbos

Very proud of you Luke! Such an ambitious challenge, but have no doubt you'll do it! A good time to reflect on things. With you all the way xxxxx


Jacob Tull

Inspirational stuff my friend!




James Andrews

Huge mate!


Tony Vo

Go get 'em Lukey, right behind you mate!


Indi Sturgeon


David Lamitie

I wish I could be there to witness all of this!


Liz & Andrew Robertson



Darcy Lillecrapp

You’re a great man doing great things! Keep up the awesome work Robbo!


Charlie Shepperd


Matt Robertson



Nathan Rokebrand


Oliver L


Riley Herbert

You’re an absolute beast


Riley Glynn

Luke Robertson my friend, you are doing some seriously inspirational work. Everyone back in Aus are proud of your achievements and the hard work you’re putting in for this awesome cause! Best of luck for the last challenge, you’ll smash it!


Jess Toogood

Good luck Luke, Kate would be so proud💙


Issy Shearer


Imogen Dickinson


Ned Gauvin

What your doing is awesome mate, go well!!


Sam Jones


Sam Upton


Jackie Lee

Wow, your Mum would be so proud of you!


Eloise Montefiore

Unreal Lukey! Best of luck 💕


Tracey Rusden ❤️

Legendary effort Luke ❤️


Jane Bowman

Go for it Luke Kate was a precious friend, sadly missed, this is so wonderful that you are doing this crazy feat in her honour


Dan Chesbrough

Amazing effort Luke, good luck xx


Tom Mocatta

Good luck king, you’ll smash it



This is so amazing Luke


Chris & Corne’

All the best Luke and enjoy every moment of your inspirational “April Project”. Your Mum🩵is smiling xx


Angus M

Keep training hard


Lisa Jeffery

All the very best Luke from the Fisher - Jeffery family ( Lachy Fisher).


The Dancer Family

Best of luck Luke.


Palser Family

Good luck Luke!


Cam Dixon

This is unreal! Great man, great cause. So proud!


Sam Allder

Love your work mate keep it up. Proud of ya x


Madeline Dodds

You are an inspiration, courageous and kind. You have got this !!! Super proud of you!!


Jack Lee

This is great Luke


Leary Family

Awesome work


Annie Mccarthy


Jean-philippe Soulie

Really impressive stuff mate, keep it up!


Hannah Bone

Love to you Luke and I will always remember your Mum xx


Steele Family

Congratulations Luke on a fantastic effort!


Julian And Jo Harrison

Wow great effort Luke, really inspiring, I hope you are still in one piece.


Jemima Monfries


Jess Hulett


Rebecca Foster


Daiva Fuller

Good luck and be kind to your body.


Bianca Feher

love u robbo 🫶


Lilly Crawford


Eliza Lee

Incredible work Luke 🫶🏻


Tara Phelps


Catriona And Leo Neil-dwyer

Congratulations Luke for taking on such an immense challenge. Kate would be chuffed to bits x


Baeley Tucker And Family

Well done Robbo!!! So impressive!


Tim Prince

Mate keep up the great work


Aly Banks

Phenomenal achievement Luke, very well done. You nailed it. We all so proud of you.


J & M Feher



Charli Dodson



this is absolutely amazing! so proud of you x


Jordan Laverty

Love your work Robbo


Ben Ransom

Amazing work mate x



Good luck brother. Awesome cause.




Andy & Cath Bygrave

Wishing you God speed with your challenges. Your mum would be so very proud 💕



Proud of you Luke



Good on ya Luke, what a great thing to be doing.


Shirley James

Lets hope you reach your target Luke


Jayne And Mark Sidey

Great work, this is awesome!!!!


Adams House Parents

Great effort


Finn Mcgown

This is awesome!!! Well done


Nick Smith

Good stuff Luke!


Guy Strong

Well done Robbo





Callie Rose

Inspiring effort!!


Penny And Peter Dixon

amazing challenge or should i say challenges. lots of luck! 🍀




Suz Elsworth/hodgson

Luke - you're amazing. Following in Kate's inspirational footsteps, I see! Go smash these challenges. 👏👏


Amy Stronach

Well done Luke, a very good cause close to my heart and many others sadly. Thanks Amy Stronach James's Mum


Amie Kirkland

Great work Luke


Charlie Shepperd

So proud of you mate!


Katrina Stats

So sorry for your personal experience with bowel cancer and the loss of your beloved mum, Luke. That’s an impressive challenge, good luck!



Fucking Rip in Lad


Gabrielle Upston

Admirable cause. Good on you.


Josh Dunstan


Dino M

What you’re doing is an inspiration. Thanks Luke


Mark Harrison

Sterling effort Luke.



Awesome efforts mate


Anthea Bowler

Well done Luke. What a truly awesome effort I’m struggling to get my head around. Kate would indeed be incredibly proud.


Letitia Izzo

you’ve got this!!


Diane Hunter

What a challenge!! Certainly know how to push yourself. Well done. Your mum would be so proud. Hope it goes well and no injuries!! . Have fun!!!



Congrats on this outstanding accomplishment! Great to see!


Jorge Anastasiou



Awesome Luke, genuine super human


Lucy Cole

Love your work Luke, sooooo proud!


Blessing Mupamhadzi



Harry Cooke

Good luck Luke, from Cookes