Burnett farmer Jessica Ehrlich has just returned home after completing a 500km run and 1000km obstacle course.
Burnett farmer Jessica Ehrlich has just returned home after completing a 500km run and 1000km obstacle course. Jessica Ehrlich

Gruelling 1000 obstacle course challenges Burnett farmer

 A MOTHER of three has just completed a gruelling 1000 obstacle course she likens to childbirth, all to help parched farmers.

Jessica Ehrlich, a Burnett farmer, has just returned home after completing a 500km run and 1000 obstacle course in only nine days, 22 hours, and 18 minutes to raise money for drought stricken farmers. 

The 35-year-old said she completed at least 46 kilometres, of what might be the world's longest solo obstacle course, every day.

However, even the 15-plus months she spent training her body couldn't have prepared her for the mental exhaustion she faced during the course.

"I spent the last three days constantly crying my way through the course," Ms Ehrlich said.

"It was so mentally challenging towards the end. I knew I was so close but I also wanted to give up. It seemed impossible...

"I also struggled with sleeping because I was so wound up thinking about the next day of the course."

Ms Ehrlich said it was perseverance and seeing her three children that helped her power through.

"Seeing my children each day of the course was everything to me," she said.

"They brightened up the day and helped my mind to escape from the dark places self doubt took me.

"Getting cuddles also helped."

Ms Ehrlich said she compared the obstacle course to childbirth because it was mentally exhausting and physically painful, but worth every second.

When she wasn't caring for her three children, training in her farm paddocks and dam, or working as a naturopath, Ms Ehrlich was busy rallying community support to raise more than $4500 for drought stricken farmers.

"It's really important. Even if you're not living on the land you understand how the drought affects a huge amount of people and farmers," she said.