When: Sunday October 23 from 8:00am
Where: Adamstown to Belmont
The 15km long Fernleigh Track is the ‘must do run’ for any running enthusiast in Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Region and beyond.
‘The track’, as it is passionately called, is the ultimate running course and on Sunday October 23 the track will be, for a few hours, the sole domain of 1,000 plus runners of all ages and abilities as they set forth from Adamstown to Belmont in the fifth annual Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15.
Hosted by RunNSW with H Events, the Fernleigh 15 starts from the Newcastle City Council boundary and finishes in beautiful Lake Macquarie.
“We are proud of our well-renowned Fernleigh Track and also proud to partner with Athletics NSW in the delivery of this wonderful community event,” Lake Macquarie Mayor, Councillor Kay Fraser said.
“This event continues to grow in popularity, attracting 900 participants in 2012, to almost 1,400 in 2014,” she said.
Cr Fraser said participation will be made easier for younger runners and groups with the addition of the Fernleigh Relay.
Lake Macquarie runner and the 2015 women’s event winner, Angela Leadbeatter said the relay is a great idea because it gives the kids the chance to run.
“I have about 25 kids in my coaching group and 15km is way too far,” Ms Leadbeatter said.
“The relay breaks up the distance into five legs between 2km and 4km. It’s perfect and my Leadbeatter training squad is pumped!”
Part of the continued success of the Fernleigh 15 is the involvement of the social running groups of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. The Newcastle Flyers, Wooters running group and (Pink) Night Striders are three groups of runners who take to the Fernleigh Track for the annual event as well as their regular training runs.
“We look forward to seeing lots of colour, noise and friendly rivalry at the five stations over the course” said race organiser Scott Westcott.
This year’s event will see wheelchair athletes will start off first who are expected to cover the course in a blistering 35 minutes. Newcastle legend and six-time Paralympian, Christie Dawes, will compete on her favorite training route at her first competition since the Rio Paralympics. She will be challenged by developing athletes Bradley Pemberton from the Central Coast and Luke Bailey from Taree who both finished behind Christie in 2015. Following the wheelchairs, will be the men’s and women’s elite runners before the remaining field.
The Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15 is one of eleven Greater Bank Fun Run Series events being held across NSW in 2016. Greater Bank Community Engagement Manager Ingrid Kaczor said the bank is helping to get the Hunter running and having fun. Ms Kaczor said as a customer owned bank Greater Bank puts its profits into supporting community through events such as the Fernleigh 15. A Greater Bank team will compete in the event.
“I encourage local people and businesses to join Council, Greater Bank and other sponsors in building this event to be one of the biggest in regional NSW and a great event for the local community,” Ms Kaczor said.
Entries are $50 and $90 for a team. Every participant will receive a tee shirt and there will be medals for the major age categories. For more information, to enter the Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15 visit www.runnsw.com.au
Media information: Scott Westcott on 0421 904 027, firstname.lastname@example.org