Cruisers to hold anniversary

THE Coffs Harbour Cruisers will be holding their 25th anniversary reunion on March 12 and 13.

A reunion dinner will be held at the Sawtell Golf Club on the Saturday night from 6.30 while a barbecue breakfast and reunion run will be held on the Sunday from 7.30am.

The club commenced activities in early 1980 and conduct a running event every Saturday, rain, hail or shine commencing at 6.30am.

Their first event was run on March 15, 1980 with three foundation runners Peter Little, Col Roberts and Harry Eagle but the family has since grown steadily Runs are generally conducted through bush and range terrain from 10m to 21km.

A schedule of runs is published periodically and the events may start as far south as Bonville, west to Orara and north to Moonee.

Over the years, hundreds of runners have enjoyed running with the cruisers.

They have attracted some very up-market runners like Warren Partland but more well-known talented runners include Les Rootsey, Shaun Phillips, Jim Bennington and Michael Bullen.

The runs are social and never competitive and part of the culture of Cruisers is to poke fun at each other during the run.

For the past 15 years, the major run for the Cruisers has been the hill climb from Coramba to Ulong.

This run is not for the faint hearted though as the first 14km are straight uphill.

Phil Webber has been running with the Cruisers since 1985 and since 1987 has been the organiser of the run schedule.

The club also has a brother club in Sydney which is called the Sutherland Savages.

Further information on the activities of the Coffs Harbour Cruisers can be obtained from Peter Little (6652 5432 or, Phil Webber (66 50 1300 or Geoff de Satge (6652 1770 or

New members are always welcome.

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