Elim­i­na­tion-style beach run for char­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CHAM­PION beach sprinter Gabby Mur­phy will be one of eight WA ‘celebri­ties’ tak­ing to the sand at City Beach on Sun­day to com­pete in the Sun­shine Beach Run Celebrity Beach Sprint.

Fight­ing it out for the Chris Perkins Tro­phy, the eightround event will have the last com­peti­tor in each sprint elim­i­nated un­til there is a win­ner.

Mur­phy, of Scar­bor­ough, said she was not go­ing into the race too con­fi­dent.

“I think my beach back­ground will help, but do­ing elim­i­na­tion-style com­pe­ti­tion for a sprint will be chal­leng­ing,” she said.

City of Perth Surf Life Sav­ing Club cap­tain, Ms Mur­phy said she was thrilled to sup­port such a good cause.

“The char­ity is Red Nose (for­mally SIDS and Kids) so it’s very worth­while,” she said.

“I am also look­ing for­ward to help­ing pro­mote my surf club; as a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion we are al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers.”

West Coast Ea­gles phys­io­ther­a­pist Chris Perkins founded the Sun­shine Beach Run in 2012 af­ter the tragic loss of his son Jake, who was still­born, and wife Cindy in 2009.

“The sprint event was in­tro­duced last year and was a re­ally fun ad­di­tion to the day,” he said.

“There are some guys and girls in the mix who are also par­tic­u­larly good on the sand, so it is tough to pick a favourite.”

Ms Mur­phy will line up against for­mer world cham­pion triath­lete Peter Robert­son, WA sprinter Bren­ton Mizen, North Beach Football Club’s fastest sprinter Nick Reid and Bank of Queens­land state man­ager Den­nis Teal as well as mas­cots Ru­pert The Pam­phle­teers Mas­cot and Sid the Red Nose.

Money raised from the run helps Red Nose con­tinue its re­search and ed­u­ca­tion into mis­car­riage, still­birth and SIDS, as well as fund com­pre­hen­sive coun­selling ser­vice for WA fam­i­lies griev­ing the loss of a child.

To en­ter, visit sun­shine beachrun.com.au be­fore Feb­ru­ary 18.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d465147

Beach sprinter Gabby Mur­phy says the elim­i­na­tion-style for­mat will be chal­leng­ing.

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