THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO THE 2014 LAKE MACQUARIE FERNLEIGH 15
This year’s Lake Macquarie Fernleigh15 will take place this coming Sunday, 19 October. Starting at the Park Avenue entrance to the Fernleigh Track at Adamstown and finishing at the Belmont Railway platform, the Lake Macquarie Fernleigh15 is a great opportunity to experience the iconic Fernleigh Track.
Staged by Athletics NSW with support from H-events, the Fernleigh15 was first held in 2012 and has quickly become a very popular ’must do’ event fun for elite and recreational runners, as well as wheelchair athletes and walkers. This year’s event will again incorporate the Athletics NSW 15km Road Championships.
The Lake Macquarie Fernleigh15 caters for elite and recreational runners, wheelchairs athletes and those who are interested in walking or pushing a pram! There is also a team event. Teams of any size can be formed with the top 8 finishers, receiving points. (Once participants have registered as an individual, there is no added cost to create or join a team.) For the duration of the Lake Macquarie Fernleigh15, the track is closed to all other users and there are full road closures in place.
For the first time, the Fernleigh 15 is being presented by Lake Macquarie City Council.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, said the Fernleigh Track is one of the region’s most popular shared pathways and it is exciting for Council to have the opportunity to support a great community event at this facility.
“The Fernleigh15 is a wonderful event that encourages the local community to be active and I’m looking forward to cheering on all the participants this Sunday,” Cr Harrison said.
Some 1200 participants have already registered including Newcastle born and raised, Aaron Royle Men’s Triathlon Bronze Medallist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games who will start as race favorite along side Sydney sider Tom DoCanto who was a bronze medalist at this year’s Australian Road Running Championships in May. Rounding off the top of the field will be Bankstown’s Matt Cox. Sydney based Claire Ashworth, who recently finished second in the 2014 Melbourne Marathon 10km will be the one to beat in the Women’s Open Category.
A number of wheelchair athletes have also entered for the elite wheelchair category, led by London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist Rosemary Little, who is coached by the legendary Louise Savage. Luke Bailey form Taree and Brad Pembleton from the Central Coast are local wheelchair athletes keen to take on this year’s Fernleigh15.
Due to international racing commitments defending Fenleigh15 Wheelchair Champion, Kurt Fearnley won’t be competing in this year’s event. Kurt has sent his apologies from the east coast of the USA where is currently in trDo Canto, Sexton Yoaaining for the New York Marathon after having crossed the line in second place in last Sunday’s Chicago Marathon a mere one second behind the winner.
The Hunter Melanoma Foundation the event’s nominated charity will have a marquee at the finish line to help promote awareness and raise much need funds.
Interested participants can still register online at www.fernleigh15.com.au, or in person at event partner, Kotara Westfield, from Thursday to Saturday or on the day at the start from 6.30am.
If you have already done so, register now for your chance to run, wheel, walk or push the track from Newy to Lake Mac in the 2014 Lake Macquarie Fernleigh15!