Runners and walkers start slowly in Run for a Cure at Queens Park yesterday.
Runners and walkers start slowly in Run for a Cure at Queens Park yesterday.

Fundraising a walk in the park

CHALLENGE for Cancer entrant Deanna Schmidt summed it up perfectly at the start of Run for a Cure at Queens Park yesterday.

“Have a lot of fun at your own pace,” Mrs Schmidt said.

“It is a lovely sunny day, take it easy.”

Most of the 226 runners/walkers did take it easy.

Some used the five kilometres as a training run, with Nathan Rogers the first of the men home in 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Pat Sinnott was second, Ross Leggatt third and Neil Vickers fourth.

In the women's 5km, Melissa Reid was first home in 20 minutes, 30 seconds, in front of runner-up Lesley Le Vaillant.

The 10km for women was won by Georgie Stewart in 41 minutes, 10 seconds.

Sophie Follett won the girls event with the Spence brothers, Nick and Tom, the first two in the boys 5km.

Before the start of the event, Feelgood Fitness club manager Jaron Cumerford presented a framed certificate, three-month membership and Feelgood shirt to Cancer Council Queensland volunteer Andy Wilson for his work toward the run each year.

Feelgood representatives led the warm-up before the event was started by Mayor Ron Bellingham.

The Warwick East State School group dubbed yesterday's run as their warm-down after competing in the recent Bridge-to-Brisbane Run.

Cancer Council Queensland president Kay Wilson said the number of participants was the highest in five years.

“We have so far raised $2500 and I expect the figure to reach $3000,” Mrs Wilson said.

Donations to Andy and Kay Wilson on 46612316.



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