Fun run sets record
WITH a perfect tide and a nice tail wind, a record 470 participants completed the 9th Annual Waratah Bay to Sandy Point Fun Run last Sunday.
Held by the Fish Creek Football Netball Club in conjunction with the Sandy Point Life Saving Club, the event was under way after some encouraging worlds from local champion and Commonwealth and Olympic Games representative Kaila McKnight.
With last year’s overall winner Chris Harvey absent through illness, all eyes were on the 2011 winner Harry Smithers and he was off to a flying start.
Never really challenged throughout the run, Smithers crossed the line in an impressive time of 24.53, a huge lead on second place getter Jack Avoline, who finished in a time of 28.18.
It was a mad dash to the finish line for third place, with Matt Clark sealing the bronze in a time of 28.39, only one second ahead of Chris Morrison, who finished in second place last year.
It was no surprise to see the first female over the line, with Michelle Jellef defending her crown yet again in another fantastic time of 31.15, two seconds better than her time last year and over two minutes better than her 2011 win.
Catherine Wilson was second in a time of 32.25, while Kate Downward came in third with a time of 34.49.
The first of the local footballers to cross the line was Fish Creek’s Tye Mcgannon in a time of 31.53.
Once again the field contained a broad range of ages, with the youngest runner only five-years-old, while local distance legend, 89-year-old Gordon McKeown took to the beach for his 29th Waratah to Sandy Point fun run.
The Fish Creek Football Netball Club would like to acknowledge the many sponsors and all the support crew who helped with registrations, course set up, drinks, timekeeping and officiating.
They would also like to thank you to Kaila McKnight for her involvement this year in offering some encouraging words to the field, as well as being involved in starting the run and presenting awards after the event.
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