Pearson wins Woolgoolga Fun Run

SEASIDE Scamper winner Richard Pearson not only repeated last year’s victory but in the process took a massive 43 seconds off last year’s time.

If that was not enough, this year he also won a hotly contested Forest Footrace on Saturday afternoon.

Pearson’s winning margin was almost a minute in the Scamper but only 10 seconds after the longest race of the weekend.

Former winner Paul Woodhouse from Dorrigo had pressed the pace in the 11.2km Footrace but was unable to shake his younger rival, with Pearson charging to the finish in a time of 42 minutes and 33 seconds.

Both runners were well clear of third placed Kevin Duncan from Yamba who crossed nearly five minutes later in 47.22, although in Duncan’s defence he was backing up after filling the third spot in the Water World Great Ocean Run over 45 kilometres the week before.

The runner-up in the Seaside Scamper for the second year in a row was Coffs triathlete Cris Robb, who only just edged out up-and-coming Matthew Berrington, with both recording 18.17.

The women’s Footrace produced another exciting finish with Kim Batty holding out Leah Fitzgerald by two seconds to record a time of 53.57. Third spot went to the remarkable Lyn Fulton in 57.19.

Melissa Bulloch recorded one of the fastest ever Seaside Scamper times for a woman to take this race for the second time in 18.45 for sixth outright.

Of previous winners, only Bulloch, Mandy Dovey and Narelle McKean have run faster.

Second went the 12-year-old early leader Tenielle Stubbs in 19.55, with another youngster, Zoe Burgess, 30 seconds adrift in third. The Beach Bash runners had it much tougher this year, contending with a higher tide and seaweed.

Nevertheless Daniel Campbell made it look like a stroll on the sand, winning in 8.01, some 16 seconds ahead of Josh Guy, with Gary Barton rounding out a very busy weekend to fill third in 8.35.

Romany Seeman was fourth to finish to claim the female title in 8.43, denying runner-up Phoebe O’Meara a second title by 26 seconds. Madizon O’Malley was third a further 30 seconds later.

The organisers were well pleased with the turn-out on both days, with numbers up on 2009 and 2008.

A total of 38 runners finished the Footrace, 83 the Scamper, 43 the Beach Bash and there were 18 little ones who were entered into the Tiny Tot Trot.


Forest Footrace (11.2km)


1. Richard Pearson 42.33

2. Paul Woodhouse 42.43

3. Kevin Duncan 47.22


1. Kim Batty 53.57

2. Leah Fitzgerald 53.59

3. Lyn Fulton 57.19

Seaside Scamper (5.0km)


1. Richard Pearson 17.23

2. Cris Robb 18.17

3. Matthew Berrington 18.17


1. Melissa Bulloch 18.45

2. Tenielle Stubbs 19.55

3. Zoe Burgess 20.25

Beach Bash (2.0km)


1. Daniel Campbell 8.01

2. Josh Guy 8.17

3. Gary Barton 8.35


1. Romany Seeman 8.43

2. Phoebe O’Meara 9.09

3. Maddizon O’Malley 9.39

Full results in Wednesday’s Coffs Coast Advocate.

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