Run­ners rise to chal­lenge

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The Cairns Post - - NEWS - HAY­DEN SMITH

CAIRNS run­ners were out in force as ath­letes young and old hit the Es­planade to raise funds for men’s health.

But the sec­ond an­nual Re­gional Run­ning Chal­lenge was also a con­test for brag­ging rights.

The 4km event was held in Cairns, Alice Springs and Dar­win, with the city that recorded the fastest av­er­age time named cham­pion.

Cairns fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Dar­win, but re­gard­less of the re­sult race di­rec­tor Lor­raine Law­son hailed the event a big suc­cess.

“We had 117 run­ners in the end – last year there were 45,” she said. “There were so many new faces there, which was re­ally nice to see.”

She said the Re­gional Run­ning Chal­lenge was about en­cour­ag­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity as well as rais­ing money for a wor­thy cause. A por­tion of the en­try money will be do­nated to Blue Septem­ber, an international char­ity which this year aims to pur­chase state-of-the-art equip­ment to help with the early de­tec­tion of prostate can­cer.

“The money is put to­wards men’s can­cer re­search, which is al­ways good to make peo­ple aware of,” Mrs Law­son said.

“It was a community event, and peo­ple were happy to come along and do some­thing.”

Satur­day’s race was taken out by lo­cal run­ner Luke Cur­rie, a wor­thy win­ner ac­cord­ing to Mrs Law­son.

“He’s a won­der­ful kid who al­ways vol­un­teers to stay be­hind and help pack up,” she said. “He ran well and I was re­ally happy for him.”

Emily Drum­mond won the ladies’ race and fin­ished third in the over­all chal­lenge.

This year’s event was hosted by Dy­namic Run­ning.

Pic­tures: BREN­DAN RADKE

TEAM EF­FORT: Ella Ap­pleby, run­ning with her fa­ther Neville Ap­pleby, was the first ju­nior run­ner to cross the fin­ish line at the Re­gional Run­ning Chal­lenge. 1. Luke Cur­rie - 14:58 2. DavidVon Sen­den– 15:41 3. Emily Drum­mond– 15:45 4. Peter Sag­gers – 15:485. Ella Ap­pleby– 15:56

IN THEIR STRIDE: The Re­gional Run­ning Chal­lenge, which pitches com­peti­tors from Cairns against run­ners from Dar­win and Alice Springs to crown the fastest city, was won by Luke Cur­rie (above).

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