Mums have a fun day on the run for charity
RUNNERS and walkers of all ages were bathed in brilliant sunshine yesterday during the inaugural Byron Bay Mother's Day Fun Run and Family Walk.
About 100 competi- tors, some more serious than others, set off from Apex Park at 9am to raise money for cancer charity Mummy's Wish.
Cheered on by his family, Modanville teenager James Clark was the first competitor across the finish line.
The 15-year-old, who only started distance running a year ago, said he entered the run to get more experience.
"I like running because it keeps me fit, it's great to be outside and it's a bit of a challenge," he said.
"It would be awesome if I could run professionally; I'll just have to keep going and see how I go."
Before travelling to Byron Bay for the run, James' mother Elizabeth said he wished her happy Mother's Day and gave her a big hug and a kiss.
Event manager Sebastien Krantz said the run followed a 5km loop course through Apex Park, along the boardwalk, down to The Pass and back along Main Beach, while the 2km walk followed one lap of the same course.
Mr Krantz said he decided to hold the fun run and walk the day after the annual Bryon Bay Triathlon to entice competitors to stay an extra night at Byron Bay and run as a family.
"We weren't expecting that many people to enter our first run but it was great to have all of the families here on Mother's Day," he said.
Mummy's Wish CEO Serena Beirne said the charity, which covers Northern NSW and Queensland, helped support families with children under 12 whose mother had cancer.
She said she was delighted with the $2500 raised by the run.
"Not only do we get some valuable funds, mums in the run or walk would probably know people with cancer," she said.
5km run winners
- James Clark
- James Smith
- Nick Donnelly
- Alexandra Barnes
- Audrey Amiya-Hall
- Sarah Link