By Kirra Grimes
A FIERCE head wind might have slowed things down, but it wasn’t enough to stop a record 420 runners completing the Fish Creek Football Netball Club’s annual fun run at Waratah Bay on the weekend.
Runners aged six all the way up to 78 battled an intense easterly as they made the 8km journey along the beach from Waratah to Sandy Point on Sunday, with organisers from the Fish Creek Football Netball Club describing the conditions as the most difficult they’d seen in over 15 years of the event.
Unsurprisingly, most of the competitive runners struggled to improve on their times from previous years, with the fastest overall runner, 17-year-old Kieran Hesse of Melbourne recording a result of 31.42, a fair way off his personal best of 27.33.
The wind also added a few extra minutes to the time of the fastest overall female, Koonwarra’s Catherine Wilson, who crossed the finish line in 39.33, compared to her usual average of around 32 minutes.
The Fish Creek Football Netball Club was nevertheless thrilled with the success of the event, an annual fundraiser of the club.
Not only was the turnout “absolutely awesome” said club president Jason Harding, around 20 Fish Creek football and netball players also kicked off their preseason training by taking part, including senior footballer Chad Macri, who won his age group (20 & over) with a time of 37.06.
Participation in the under 12s age group was also up on previous years, with 87 entries, including six year old Finlay Bradley, who finished in third place in the category with a time of 54.30.
At the other end of the spectrum, the 70 and over age group was also well represented, with champion race walker Andrew Jamieson coming second in the category with a time of 1.05.00.