Crick’s team needs speed

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards

PER­HAPS it’s fox­ing, and a cun­ning ruse to lull the com­pe­ti­tion into a false sense of con­fi­dence.

But John Eastham from Crick’s Auto Group’s Run­ning with the Stars team had one pri­mary ques­tion: “Is there a SAG wagon?”

The Crick’s line-up of John, Garry Crick, James Welch and Sam Bohner is one of six teams poised to take part in the in­au­gu­ral event as part of the 7 Sun­shine Coast Marathon week­end.

Each team mem­ber will run a lap of the 500m course with brag­ging rights go­ing to the first across the line af­ter com­plet­ing the 2km route.

“We could be last ... the only way is up,” John said.

“Is there a time limit?” Achilles prob­lems were the rea­son­ing be­hind John’s lack of con­fi­dence, while Garry does lit­tle run­ning nowa­days due to a knee in­jury which oc­curred while trail bike rid­ing more than 15 years ago.

That means the pres­sure falls on James and new re­cruit Sam (com­ing into the team to re­place Dean Stu­art), who will have some tough op­po­si­tion.

Among the event favourites are a team from the Sun­shine Coast Light­ning. The reign­ing Su­per Net­ball cham­pi­ons will be look­ing to con­tinue their win­ning ways with the likes of mid-courter Laura Scherian, shoot­ers Stephanie Wood and Cara Koe­nen.

Ray White will also be putting their best foot for­ward with the likes of Dan Sow­den, Dan Smith, Brent Higgins and James Goldswor­thy poised to toe the line. Ra­dio Hot 91.1 will also be in the mix, with Ash Geirke, Lau­ren Green­way, Kate Mor­ri­son and Peter Stevens com­pet­ing.

Crick’s Auto Group is an ac­tive sup­porter of the run­ning fes­ti­val, with John a board mem­ber, and to en­cour­age en­tries the com­pany paid for any em­ploy­ees to en­ter.

“We feel it’s a great thing to en­cour­age,” he said. “Last year we did the same ini­tia­tive and there are three or four peo­ple who did it last year who weren’t reg­u­lar run­ners who are now. Sam Bohner is one of them ... it’s pretty cool to get peo­ple in­volved in a great com­mu­nity event and that in­spires oth­ers to want to con­tinue be­ing fit and healthy.”

Run­ning with the Stars will help kick-start the week­end of run­ning fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties.

A fam­ily fun and regis­tra­tion area will be set-up near the Alexan­dra Head­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club, open­ing on the Fri­day and Satur­day.

All the rac­ing ac­tion starts from 6am on Sun­day morn­ing with the marathon and half marathon get­ting things un­der­way.


Primed for the Run­ning with the Stars events are (from left) Dean Stu­art, Garry Crick, James Welch and John Eastham.


Laura Scherian of the Light­ning.

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