More than 200 get running for a cause
The third annual SWAS-Telstra Fun Run and Relay attracted a record number of entrants on Saturday March 18, with more than 200 people taking up the challenge of racing around the Leschenault Inlet.
Organised by the South West Academy of Sport, the event gave people of all ages and abilities the chance to compete in a community sporting event.
SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion, who completed the five kilometre run, said it was fantastic to see everyone having fun.
“A highlight was seeing some of the young entrants really push themselves to achieve the goal of completing the five kilometre run,” she said.
“I think the event was successful because everyone contributed something to the event which includes the volunteers, sponsors, SWAS staff and the community.
“I believe after this year’s successful event that it would be good to see more local people and schools enter in 2018.”
A competition with something to suit everyone, the SWAS-Telstra Fun Run and Relay included categories that ranged from 10 kilometre individual and relay events, to a five kilometre solo run, and a five kilometre walk.
While there were serious competitors, some chose to compete alongside their family and friends, with mums and dads racing their kids to the finish line, and a few participants pushing prams.
Winners on the day included Matt Duncan and Bernice Butlion, who were the first senior male and female to cross the finish line in the five kilometre run.
Zeke Tinley was the first junior male to complete the five kilometre run, while Kate Lockley was the junior female who completed the course in the quickest time.
Meanwhile, Bailey Taylor, Dionne Herisson and Jack Tosana all won categories in the 10 kilometre run, and Garry Hastie and Mikisa Knuckey each took out a division in the five kilometre walk.
Denning Boxing Gym, WRJM and BP1 all claimed categories in the 10 kilometre team relay, and Bunbury Primary School was named the school with the most entrants and was presented with a prize from Telstra.
All funds raised will support SWAS to help young local residents to excel on and off the field.
The SWAS-Telstra Fun Run and Relay was made possible by Telstra, the South West Sports Centre and the South West Development Commission.
Male (17yrs +) – Matt Duncan
Female (17yrs +) – Bernice Butlion
Male Junior – 1. Zeke Tinley, 2. Ky Fisher
Female Junior – 1. Kate Lockley, 2. Ella Moorhouse
Male – Garry Hastie
Female – Mikisa Knuckey
Male – Bailey Taylor
Female – Dionne Herisson
Junior – Jack Tosana
Corporate/Adult – Denning Boxing Gym
Secondary students – WRJM
Primary students – BP1
Bunbury Primary School