Mates in race to 8km fin­ish line

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

IT MAY have been a fun run, but when five Monto women took on the Botanic to Bridge in Glad­stone at the week­end, no-one was tak­ing the easy route.

Je­nine Hor­rocks, Sharon Han­ley, Jen­nifer Roth, Mia Fran­cis and Kim Mundt all chose the 8km route over the 5km op­tion for the race at 8am last Sun­day.

“Jen­nifer and I had fi­nally built up to run­ning 8km just a cou­ple of weeks ago,” Mrs Mundt said.

“My knees still felt like they were cut in half by the end of the race, but it was a lot of fun.”

Mrs Mundt said it was 18 months ago when she first got mo­ti­vated to fo­cus on health and fit­ness af­ter com­plet­ing the run leg of a triathlon, while Mrs Fran­cis did the swim.

From there she grad­u­ally stepped it up to a 2.5km fun run, be­fore the 5km Monto Mother’s Day fun run and the 8km this week­end.

“What was awe­some was see­ing all the peo­ple in their 60s run­ning on Sun­day,” she said.

“It shows you can never be too old to start get­ting into fit­ness.”

Mrs Fran­cis said she now found fun runs pretty ad­dic­tive.

“The ex­er­cise is good for you, they are some­thing you can do with your friends and they usu­ally raise money for a good cause, so you can give back to the com­mu­nity too,” she said.

She hoped the group ef­fort from the Monto women would in­spire oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to take con­trol of their health and fit­ness as well.

“It’s never too late to start, and it’s re­ally re­ward­ing when you do,” she said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

BOTANIC RUN: Je­nine Hor­rocks, Kim Mundt, Mia Fran­cis, Jen­nifer Roth and Sharon Han­ley con­quered the 8km run.

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