Organisers of this year’s Fernleigh 15, part of the Greater Bank Fun Run Series, are again aiming to attract a big field for the iconic running event that will take place on Sunday 21 October.

Launched today in Adamstown, the 15km event that takes in the Fernleigh Track from Adamstown to Belmont and has become a key fixture on the region’s running calendar.

Heading the strong list of starters this year will be defending champion and 2017 World Athletics Championship Representative, Jack Colreavy, as well as developing Wheelchair Racer, Luke Bailey, who was runner up to Christie Dawes in 2015 event.

Fernleigh 15 Event Organiser and Rio 2016 Olympian, Scott Westcott, said the inclusion of the Fernleigh Relay – a five-leg relay requiring each runner to complete a 3km stage of the course – is again where he expects the growth in the event to come from this year.

“We added the relay category last year and it provide to be a real hit, with more than 200 relay runners taking part,” Scott said.

“For some, tackling the full 15km can be a little daunting, but the relay makes the event more accessible for those people who are looking to get active and be part of it.”

“While the event has become very attractive for the region’s elite runners and many more from the Hunter’s expanding running clubs and groups, we want the Fernleigh 15 to continue to be a community event that everyone can get involved in, regardless of their age, fitness level or ability.”

This year’s event will again start at Adamstown with the first wave of runners leaving the start line from 8am. Runners will cross the finish line on the track at Belmont where they will be met by a series of activities and events for the whole family, as well as a ‘Pop-Up Party’ hosted by media partner, Hit 106.9.

The Fernleigh 15 is one of 12 Greater Bank Fun Run Series events being held across NSW in 2018.

Greater Bank’s Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matt Hingston, said the community bank was delighted to play a key role in bringing to life an event that encourages so many people from across the region to get active.

“The Fernleigh 15 is a wonderful community event that continues to grow in stature among the running community and popularity throughout the region. From elite athletes, through to weekend joggers and those who are just getting out for a walk, we are delighted to play a small part in helping to promote the importance of leading an active and healthy life,” Mr Hingston said.

Entries to this year’s event are now open and close at 8am on the day of the event. Entry fee is $50 for an individual and $90 for a team. All runners that complete the event will receive a unique finishers medal, while prizes will be presented to the top three finishers in each of the major categories, including open men’s and open women’s events.

Go here to find out more details and to register.

In Attendance: The following athletes attended the launch and will be competing on October 21!

  • Jack Colreavy – 2017 World Athletics Championship Representative and 2017 Fernleigh 15 winner.
  • Luke Bailey – Developing Wheelchair Racer who was runner up to Christie Dawes in 2015 and is currently coached by Andrew Dawes OAM
  • Alan McCloskey – Principal coach of the 80 strong running group, ‘Maccas Mob’. The group have been long time participants and volunteers.
  • The Boyn Family – Adrian (41) Georgina (41) Rosie (9) Harry (11) and Josh (7) that will be taking part in the Family Relay