GREAT RESULT: Luke Tarrant and Matt Berrington ran the quinella in the HQB Australia Day Fun Run at Park Beach last year. Leigh Jensen
GREAT RESULT: Luke Tarrant and Matt Berrington ran the quinella in the HQB Australia Day Fun Run at Park Beach last year. Leigh Jensen

Be in the running for a top start to Australia Day

THERE'S been a tradition growing in recent years as to where Coffs Coasters head for the start of our national day on January 26.

They raise a sweat in the HQB Australia Day Fun Runs and finish with a swim at Coffs Harbour Surf Club at Park Beach.

The event will be held again this Monday and is a magnet for runners of all ages and levels of ability.

Elite athletes, family groups with kids and business house teams are set to invade Park Beach in their hundreds.

As usual, sponsors HQB Chartered Accountants will have a team engaged and will be one of the hardest to run down.

Runs will be conducted over 2km, 5km and 10km and surf club spokesman Terry Maher said another big roll-up was expected.

"All three runs will all be conducted in the vicinity of the club at Park Beach, with those in the 10km event doing two circuits of the 5km run course," Maher said.

"Because the runners cover a course consisting of sand, road and grass, it always contributes to an interesting and fun event."

Entry fees are $5 for the 2km dash and $10 for the runner's choice of the 5km or 10km runs.

For a business house team, it's four runners for $40.

Proceeds will go to help the surf club with beach patrolling duties.

Registrations begin at 6.30am in front of the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving clubhouse, with the run briefing held at 7am.

The 2km runners take off at 7.15am, with those doing the longer events set to start at 8am.

Presentations will follow.



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