Stu­dents vie for top spot in race

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Tom Zaun­mayr

Jett Bai­ley, 12, has taken line hon­ours at this year’s City to Surf, cross­ing the line ahead of his school­yard-run­ning sta­ble­mate Xavier Wick­ens.

The two Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School stu­dents com­peted in the 4km run among a 400-strong crowd who en­tered for the 4km and 12km events from the Quar­ter to Back Beach this year

Jett said he had achieved what he set out to do in win­ning the race.

“It’s what I’ve been look­ing for for two years and this is my first year do­ing it,” he said.

“I’ve versed (Xavier) in heaps of races and it’s al­ways me and him first and sec­ond.

“I just wanted to come first in this, so I got my re­ward.”

Ac­tiv chief ex­ec­u­tive Danielle New­port said par­tic­i­pa­tion was on par with last year in Kar­ratha.

“This is the fourth year I’ve done it and I think this year was my favourite be­cause the sun wasn’t too hot and there was a lit­tle spit of rain just to keep you cool, so it was per­fect,” she said.

“What I re­ally love about City to Surf is ev­ery­body is here; kids in push chairs, par­ents, grand­par­ents, there is no­body who can’t take part in these events.

“We’ve got some com­pe­ti­tion about who the star in the all stars is, but they walked a brave walk to­day.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the event was part of an ex­cit­ing pe­riod in Kar­ratha.

“It’s the time of year where ev­ery­one just wants to get out, have fun and get to­gether, and the ad­van­tage of hav­ing the city close to­gether is peo­ple can ac­tu­ally see other peo­ple and it gives it a live­li­ness and vi­brancy that I think we wouldn’t have oth­er­wise,” he said.

“To get 400 peo­ple to an event like this is fan­tas­tic — 10 years ago, we would have got 40.”

Mr Long said us­ing the smaller space in front of the Quar­ter this year had given the event more of a buzz.

Run­ners head down the straight for the 12km event.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Xavier Wick­ens, 11, and Jett Bai­ley, 12.

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