24 October 2012
ANSW Fernleigh 15 a runaway success
The 2012 Fernleigh 15, held on Sunday 21 October, saw nearly one thousand competitors take part in this inaugural event from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie.
Over 950 took part in the 15 kilometre event along the iconic converted railway corridor, with the Men?s Open category won by Olympian Martin Dent, the Open Women?s by Celia Sullohern and Paralympic Gold Medallist Kurt Fernleigh won the wheelchair category.
The carnival atmosphere was enhanced by the glorious sunshine and the many teams taking part, with the team of eight runners from ?Smart Fitness? taking out the Jetts 24 Hour Fitness Team Challenge event.
The number of competitors taking part exceeded expectations for the first year of the event.
Athletics New South Wales CEO and Managing Director Greg Meagher was thrilled with the outcome.
?We were optimistic that the event would be well received by the local community, but the level of enthusiasm and participation was really encouraging and already has us thinking about how to make it bigger and better in 2013,? said Meagher.
?To see so many people turn out and take part in this event was a fantastic sight and a real testament to the hard work put in by Paul Humphreys at H-Events and our Regional Athletics Coordinator Scott Westcott. We must also thank Silas Moss and Dave Robertson from the Naked Runners who did a great job in promoting the event and keeping runners entertained on the day?, he said.
The event also raised money and awareness for Lymphoma Australia with over $12,000 being raised to help continue with valuable research, build community awareness campaigns and support patients and families suffering from lymphoma.
For a full breakdown of the Fernleigh15 results visit the website www.fernleigh15.com.au
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