Ballina Lions Fun Run marks 10th anniversary

LINED UP: Caroline Bailey (left) and Shaunagh Cassidy after running in the women’s 10km event at the Ballina Lions Fun Run.
LINED UP: Caroline Bailey (left) and Shaunagh Cassidy after running in the women’s 10km event at the Ballina Lions Fun Run. Ross Kendall

SPIRITS were as high as ever when the Ballina Lions Fun Run marked its 10th anniversary yesterday, even though the number of people taking part in the fundraising event was down on last year.

For members of the Binder family the run was a great way to start the day.

Dad Jerome Binder said there had been no training involved and the decision to take part in the event was impromptu.

"We decided to come down this morning because our daughter Chloe thought it would be a good idea," he said.

"She got us all out of bed."

After a bit of psyche-up music, a cup of tea and an apple or two, the family of four from Lennox Head all had a go.

Nadia Eliot-Burgess also lined up, completing the 5km "shuffle" as part of her preparation for a 10km event on the Gold Coast next month.

"We like to keep up the training, it's a discipline thing," she said.

The event also attracted a number of elite athletes with Lismore runner Tony Curtis taking out the men's 10km event in just over 36 minutes.

He was followed home by Michael Bishop and Andy Crowhurst respectively.

Experienced runner Amanda Watson won the women's 10km race ahead of Byron Bay athletes Shaunagh Cassidy with Caroline Bailey third.

"It was fab, a great course and well-organised event, and scenic. I loved it," Ms Bailey said.

"Well done to all the volunteers".

The Fun Run attracted a quality field but long-time event co-ordinator John Grants said overall numbers had been down.

"It is unfortunate," he said.

"It is mainly because there are a lot more fun runs being done these days. Ten years ago when we started there was only one, that was us.

"But anyway there was a good crowd."

Mr Grant said all the money raised this year will be used to support the construction of a new Marine Rescue Tower in Ballina.

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