Students vie for top spot in race
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.
Xavier Wickens, 11, and Jett Bailey, 12.