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Local stalwarts gearing up for Coffs Running Festival

FIT AND EAGER: Robina Unwin (centre) offers encouragement to iconic northern beaches athletes Steel Beveridge and Lyn Fulton. Photo: Kue Hall
FIT AND EAGER: Robina Unwin (centre) offers encouragement to iconic northern beaches athletes Steel Beveridge and Lyn Fulton. Photo: Kue Hall

THEY may not be super-heroes but partners Steel Beveridge and Lyn Fulton are certainly super-icons of Coffs Coast athletics.

Steel, 61, and Lyn, 62, were among the first group of five athletes to enter the Bendigo Bank Coffs Running Festival by nominating for the half marathon event.

"My running career has been prolific but not particularly distinguished," Steel said with humility about his extraordinary athletic lifestyle.

"Lyn is the one with a host of achievements, including podium finishes in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.

"We have just returned from a truly challenging run, the Big Five Marathon, held in the Entabeni Game Park in South Africa.

"It's something we would now consider our greatest running achievement.

"We wouldn't miss the Coffs Running Festival and will participate on September 7 as long as the legs hold up."

Meanwhile, Elly Lewis, 22, has signed on for the 10km run and it is her first event.

Elly decided to do the competitive run in an effort to lose 15kg in training and be a positive role model for her kids.

"I am very self conscious about doing the run but started using the Couch To 10km App for this event," she said.

"I have type one diabetes so this run is difficult for me in that I need to be prepared really well."

Also joining the 5km run/walk will be 50-year-old Heidi Groves from Port Macquarie.

"I was invited to join in with a couple of work friends," Heidi added. "It will be great to spend a weekend away together and a chance for our partners to get to know each other better."

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