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SSC Newspaper : SS July 2013
the fastest man home was deak zsombor, left, pictured with Gary mullins, who placed third in the 10km 14 Strathfield Scene june 2013 life By Bernadette Chua I twasoneofthe wildest, wettest winter days in Sydney – even in a month that chalked up the highest rainfall in seven years. Strathfield’s emergency services issued a warning and organisers of the Cooks River Fun Run were braced to scratch an event they had been painstakingly planning for the past year. In the end they went ahead regardless, relying on the hardy nature of the participants. They were not disappointed. Even though the rain was sheeting down and most residents were rugged up in bed, the council was rewarded with a record turnout of 512 – more than double the 200 who took part in the first event. It was an important moment in the fourth year of one of Sydney’s youngest running events – a comingofageofsorts.The course was created by Strathfield Council to familiarise residents and contestants with the Cooks River region. This was the second year it had been certified by Running Australia. The fact that so many people, including top runners, laced up their joggers in such poor weather was remarkable. The families and fancy-dress strollers who did brave the weather were treated to a great sporting spectacle. The field featured some of the state’s best talent and records fell. Runners told the Scene why the Cooks River race has been such a success: it’s affordable (entry is just $25 compared to the City to Surf ’s $80), it’s flat (a rarity in Sydney) and there is enough space for everyone to show their form. Despite the name, fun runs are a serious business in Sydney, with a large number of courses competing for events. While the Strathfield circuit has a way to go before it can compete with the City to Surf ’s 80,000 competitors, it has found a space on the running calendar all of its own. And that, in itself, is an achievement in a year that now includes a Colour Run and an Undie Run, as well as marathons, half marathons and club events. This year saw a major charity join the fun. Bowel Cancer Australia received its first donation of $2560 – $5 off each entry. The rain couldn’t slow the field down and several records were broken. The winner of the women’s 10km run, Elise Baker, came in with a new benchmark time of 38 minutes and 58 seconds. how our fun run came of age A record field of contestants laced up in the most appalling conditions – such is the popularity of Strathfield’s annual race. the superstar of the day was 11-year -old taylor porter, who won the 5km race in a time of 19 minutes and 51 seconds