Kirk has fun at run in Bundy

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

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