Cobie makes it to the end
HER arms ached on Monday and the pain made her half an hour late to her university class, but Cobie Moore had pride as her momentum.
The 23-year-old, who is originally from Tucabia, completed the gruelling 14km City2Surf in Sydney at the weekend.
When she spoke to The Daily Examiner during the lead-up to the event, she wasn't sure she'd be able to go the full distance.
But her proud sister Gemma sent photos of an exhausted Cobie crossing the finish line.
"She'll probably play down how amazingly well she did," Gemma said.
"After the first kilometre or so I knew she had it in the bag and wouldn't be needing any help from her weakling sister.
"She's unbelievably determined."
Cobie fractured her neck on Christmas Day 2011 after she fell two metres from the veranda of her family home and she's become used to life in a wheelchair.
"Determined" is a good word to describe Cobie who, just one year after the fall, returned to university in Sydney.
It was her first City2Surf and she decided to take part to raise money for the Spinal Cord Injury Network, which she hopes will continue to bring overseas research to Australia.
"My target was $1000 and I raised $1700," Cobie said. "And people are still donating."
She completed the 14km in three hours and 18 minutes but said it wasn't an easy trek.
"There were a couple of moments that I thought I wasn't going to make it," she said.
"At Heartbreak Hill, I thought I had made it but you turn a corner and it just keeps going up and up."
Despite the pain, Cobie is determined to do the course again.