Muddy run . . . but still FUN
The Waihi Beach LJ Hooker Fun Run was held on Saturday in wet conditions. Organisers (from left) Ange Oliver, Krista Harries and Alex Baker are pictured on the finish line.
It was a bit chilly last Saturday but participants got a good warm-up running and walking along the Waihi Beach coastline.
Close to 300 runners and walkers from across the North Island joined the third edition of the LJ Hooker Over the Top Fun Run.
Ignoring the wet and muddy conditions, children and adults took a leap of faith running and walking along the beach and to Orokawa or Homunga Bay.
Before the start of the races at 9am, Waihi Beach Bakery baked 120 donuts for the participants, while the organising team and market stalls were setting up on Brighton Park.
The event featured runs or walks of 3km along the beach, 6km to Orokawa Bay and a 10km leg to Homunga Bay for a finish and prizegiving at midday at the park.
Krista Harries, part of the organising team, said this year, the event could have been renamed the “Over the top mud run” as the rain drizzled.
“When we marked the route to Homunga last Thursday it was beautiful but today is really muddy,” she said.
The annual event is a fundraiser for Waihi Beach school to help them set up a bike track at the front of their school for the students and wider community to use. This year, the list of sponsors extended with the major help from Waihi Beach LJ Hooker.
“It is fantastic to have them on board and they helps us towards financing our Safety Management plan for the race track and the hefty DOC fees.” New LJ Hooker owner Gary Alway said he and his team did not hesitate to help.
“They needed some help and it is good to have an opportunity for children and their families to have fun together. It keeps them active too,” he said.
The organisers have secured sponsorship with LJ Hooker for the next two years, Krista said.
Number One Electrical Solutions, Alitech Window Systems, Waihi and Waihi Beach Laundromat, Maurice Trapp Group and Brownmore Construction are also sponsoring the annual event with signage, race numbers and cups.
Waihi Beach school PTA organised the market place with food, art and craft, clothing during the event.
Looking back at the launch of the event three years ago, Krista said that it has been an “exciting journey” to have volunteers, participants and businesses on board.
Barry Jesney of Waihi Beach took part in the 6km leg.
The 6km runners before their climb to Orokawa Bay.
Waihi Beach Surf School owner, Aidan Comrie was on the mic.
The market organised by Waihi Beach school PTA.
The 10km walkers with Martin Thorpe (bright yellow) the first adult.
First place for the 6km was Jake Wilkinson finishing in 26 minutes and 2 seconds.
Mace Harries came second overall in the 6km race.