Paul and Tony, from the Men’s Shed, with shed director Peter Murphy and Mick Maley, run their eye over the perpetual trophies made at the shed for the upcoming Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Half Marathon.
Paul and Tony, from the Men’s Shed, with shed director Peter Murphy and Mick Maley, run their eye over the perpetual trophies made at the shed for the upcoming Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Half Marathon. TREVOR VEALE

Men shed light on run reward

THERE’S always someone on-hand at Coffs Harbour’s Men’s Shed to whip some woodwork pieces up.

Mick Maley was a man smart enough to take advantage of the skills that the men at the Marcia St building possess.

As an organiser for the inaugural Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Half Marathon, which will be run on Sunday, September 25, along the newly renovated Coffs Creek Walkway, Maley needed a couple of perpetual trophies to be made up for the winners of the big races.

The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed was at the top of his list of places he could go to get the job done.

The shed’s men know there’s nothing new about men gathering together in their own space to talk, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems or just discuss life in general.

The Men’s Shed is combining these activities in a communal space and strongly embracing this new identity – being a member of a men’s shed.

The woodwork that produced the trophies is a spectacular result and Maley believes that they’re very fitting for the upcoming fun runs.

Maley added that entries are still flowing in at a good steady pace.

“We are up to over 350 participants with the half marathon out in front with 190 signed up and the 10km event has 92 entered,” Maley said.

“That is a very healthy number with five and a half weeks to go before the starter’s gun goes off.”

Maley’s encouragement of fitness, particularly among the youth in the region, is already paying off.

Many of the local schools have indicated they are out to win the Athlete’s Foot schools prizes with a school from down south guaranteeing that it will be bringing a full busload of kids over.

Another school has included a run training program in its sports activities for this term and promised there will be a large number of kids from the school taking part on the day.



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