Runners dress for fun in Lions dash

Fernvale fun run. Tony and Judy Gee. Photo: Contributed
Fernvale fun run. Tony and Judy Gee. Photo: Contributed Contributed


SUPER POWERS: Some participants got into the fun of the event dressing in costume. Photo: Contributed
SUPER POWERS: Some participants got into the fun of the event dressing in costume. Photo: Contributed Contributed

MORE than 100 runners of all ages charged through the quiet streets of Harrisville for the Lions Club Miss Personality Fun Run.

Participants got into the spirit of the day, dressing up as giant chickens, sumo wrestlers, pirates, fairies, super heroes and more to support the charity event held early Sunday morning

The fun run/walk aims to raise money for Lions Medical Research.

Runners chose to take part in either the 10km or 5km event, with their $15 donation including a well-earned champagne breakfast at the finish line.

Organiser and Harrisville Lions Miss Personality, Alexandra Hayes, said the event was a great success.

"It's a community event, something a little bit different to get more people involved," she said.

"We hold events to raise money for medical research throughout the year including a barefoot bowls day on March 16, a trivia night and an auction as well."

Cecil Miles of CF & JE Miles Building Contractors was one of many business owners who sponsored the charity event.

"It's a good cause for the Lions Club and a family day for Harrisville," he said.

"The (Lions) Miss Personality, Alexandra, has lived here all her life and we've all decided to get behind her."

The Lions Club also offered fabulous prizes for competitors dressed in the best costumes.

Fun Run participant Tony Gee from Harrisville tied with his wife Judy, winning the best costume award for his impressive inflatable ninja costume.

"It's a good cause and it gives something back to the community," he said.

"It's a great event, I think it's something that families can get involved with and it's a good get together."

Mr Gee believes it is important to involve the town's youth in local organisations like the Lions Club.

"If we don't get youth involved now there'll be no Lions Club in the future," he said.

Winners of the event include Gary Taylor who completed the 10km circuit in 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Jason McInnes and Ella Taylor took out the first place titles for the male and female 5km race with times of 23 minutes and 24 minutes respectively.

This is the first year the charity event has been run and organisers say they cannot wait to get the people of Harrisville and surrounds pounding the pavement again next year.

Topics:  fundraiser harrisville

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