Kirk has fun at run in Bundy
FRIENDLIES Cane2Coral Fun Run, an annual event in Bundaberg, brought surprises for North Burnett competitors.
Gayndah’s Jacqui Kirk said the run was a first for many of the region’s 25 competitors.
“Not only did everyone finish the race with lots of personal bests achieved, we had five of our locals finish in the top three of their respective divisions,” Ms Kirk said.
Kirk had a double win – placing third in her age group over 8km, and being named third highest fundraiser with $627.50 for the anti-bullying charity, Angel’s Goal.
Rachael Duncan, first in her age group over 4km, had planned to walk the distance.
“I do bike rides, walks and generally keep fit,” Ms Duncan said.
“I surprised myself by running. I was planning to walk the whole thing, but jogged at the start to keep up with my sister Sarah.
“Keeping up with Sarah was the secret to her win,” her mother, Stacey Duncan, said.
Mrs Duncan said she saw the event advertised on TV and decided it would be a fun event to try.
She runs 5-8km every day, and plays touch football, netball and basketball.
“I ran the fastest I’ve ever run in the 8km,” Mrs Duncan said.
She paid tribute to young athlete Sophie Zipf, who also participated.
Sophie told her “don’t wait for me”, but she ran so fast “I didn’t see her again till the finishing line,” Mrs Duncan said.
Biggenden’s Colleen Cunliffe, who took up running again after an operation on her knee two years ago, enjoyed spending the day with friends.
“I train – I do about 35km a week, and that’s ongoing training,” Ms Cunliffe said.
“I’m heading more towards a half-marathon next year in Noosa, and then a marathon.”