Woolgoolga runs all good fun
THE Woolgoolga Fun Runs moved onto the Easter weekend for the first time in their 36 year history, a gamble which proved most successful with visitors joining locals to provide the biggest fields in all four races for more than a decade.
To start things off Clare Palmer streeted the field in the Forest Footrace, recording a time of 48 minutes and 28 seconds for the 11.2km of road and rainforest.
First male was Zane Hopper in 49.30 with Katie Porra third to finish and second lady. Second male was Nigel Cotsell.
Under-12 little athlete, 'Hurricane' Hudson Barry was the third male 10 seconds adrift of third female Emma-Leigh Boslem.
Palmer backed up to run both the Seaside Scamper and Beach Bash on the Sunday taking the first lady spot in both as well.
The winner of the Scamper was Isaiah Koopmans in 18.17 with Jonny Gusman next best in 19.06 and over 50 age grouper and former winner, Phil Cook third. Joining Palmer on the ladies' podium were Porra and another former winner, Melissa Bulloch.
There were a number of other outstanding efforts across all the races with Daniel Williams 20.31 and Madison Parkes 22.57 for the 5km Scamper in the 10/11 yrs age division very impressive.
In the Beach Bash the best of the 8/9 yrs were Ricardo Moncada and Abbey Lawler while the Under-8 years went to Ari Mitchell and Lily Morgan.
At the other end of the age spectrum there were great runs in the over-70 years group from Col Cafferky and a special effort by Tom Holbut in the 80-plus.
The Clydesdale award went to Nathan White who weighed in at 112kgs after completing the Footrace in 57.23 and the Scamper in 23.52.
Woolgoolga Athletic Club (Clare Palmer with Isaiah and Rodney Koopmans) took out the Sporting Team Award, Phil Cook and Lyn Hopkinson won the Husband & Wife while Melissa and Nick Bulloch prevailed in the Parent & Child.
With more than 150 runners across the four events, organisers were extremely pleased with the turn-out and will definitely look seriously at continuing with Easter next year.
With great support from local businesses nearly all the runners who were at the presentation came away with a prize of one sort or another.
The running scene shifts south to Sawtell on Sunday with the Mid North Coast Cross Countries getting underway on the beach in front of the Surf Club at 9am.