On a bright and warm morning Athletics NSW hosted the inaugural Casino RSM Fun Run with help from Casino Little Athletics Club and many local volunteers. The feature 10km event was taken out by local athlete James Dowling in 39:53. A further 70 runners completed the 10km course which featured a lap of the picturesque main street of Walker Street.
The minor placing’s were filled by Brendan Kinny (41:34) and Nigel Noffke (42:57). First woman home was Jeralyn Pickering in 44:41 from Lismore Heights. The minor placing’s across the line were Kirin Apps (45:55) and Meg Doohan in 47:27.
A feature of the Fun Run was to create a turn around point in front of the Casino RSM club which is located in the centre of town. The LJ Hooker 5km event started in front of the Casino RSM club(the half way point of the 10km run) and ran down the main street and then along the Richmond River to Queen Elizabeth Park. The 100 strong field was led home by Jay Hill of Uralba in 18:49 who was pretty pleased with his win punching the air in delight as he crossed the line. 13year old Jack Lane was 2nd in 21:41 while third overall and 1st woman over the line was Elainer Elder Robinson from Casino in 22:15.
A feature of Run NSW fun run events is to include a kids race over 2km. The Parker and Kissane 2km run was fast and furious and saw all finishers receive an Athletics NSW medal. 11 year old Mark Guthrie won the 2km in a very speedy 11:10min. Thomas Lane (8:16) was a close 2nd and Lewis Armstrong (8:24) not far behind in third place. Chloe Smith won the girls race in 9:29 while Giorgi Crethar (9:55) and Erika Whitton (10:10) filled the minor placing’s.
Mayor Ernie Bennett was on hand to start both the 10km and 2km races and hand over some medal to winners.
â€œThis is a great new initiative for Casinoâ€ said Mayor Bennett. â€œWe want to have a wide range of events in Casino and this inaugural fun run presents an opportunity to bring a different group of visitors to the townâ€ he continued.
Organisers Scott Westcott and Katie Kelly of Athletics NSW are grateful to the support shown by the Richmond Valley Council along with local businesses Casino RSM Club, LJ Hooker Casino and Parker & Kissane Solicitors.
â€œThe event was just a pipe dream but the support shown by our wonderful sponsors and Council turned it into a realityâ€ said Katie Kelly. â€œAthletics NSW is working hard at establishing a NSW fun run series and the hospitality shown by Casino ensured that the event was a success with 250 people lining up and having a run todayâ€ she continued.
Athletics NSW also wishes to acknowledge our wonderful hosting partner in Casino Little Athletics Club. The event will make donations to both the Little Athletics Club and the Rural Fire Service.