Runners charge away at the sound of the starter's gun in the 2014 HQB Australia Day Fun Run.
Runners charge away at the sound of the starter's gun in the 2014 HQB Australia Day Fun Run. Leigh Jensen

Run up a sweat on Australia Day around Coffs Harbour SLSC

BEFORE you cool the tinnies or light up the barbie this Australia Day, work up a thirst and appetite by running in the annual HQB Fun Run from Coffs Harbour Surf Club.

The event 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 distances and surf club spokesman Terry Maher said another big roll up is expected.

"It's been a big success in previous years," Terry said.

"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.

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

Entry fees is $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 Lifesaving 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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