Gladstone Road Runners Club president Charmaine Thompson and her fellow runners. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Gladstone Road Runners Club president Charmaine Thompson and her fellow runners. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Fun Run and Easter buns

BRIAN England began as a triathlete, but now he is an evergreen member of the Gladstone Roadrunners Club.

He is to embark on his 27th Harbour City Easter Fun Run on Good Friday.

"I started road running through triathlons back in 1990 and that's when I joined here," England said.

VIDEO: WATCH THE YOUNG AND THE OLD POUND THE PAVEMENT

He added that he had been able to be part of forming sub or mini-clubs within a large circle of friends that he has developed over the years.

"The most enjoyable part is being at the finish line," England laughed.

"It's all about the friendships that I have made."

While he is among the elder statesmen, England noted an increase in junior participation.

"Kids have become a part of it in the past few years and there are schoolteachers in the club who have encouraged kids to compete," England said.

GRC president Charmaine Thompson hopes numbers will double as participants take advantage of online registrations that close at midnight this Tuesday.

"Typically we have about 300, but want to double that and expect there will be a spike this weekend," Thompson said.

There will be plenty of incentive for those who chose to run or walk on either the 3km or 10km distances.

"There will be prizes up for grabs as well as a gun prize which is a trip to Heron Island," Thompson said.

"The 3km is great for families and at this time of year a lot of the school kids are training for Cross Country competitions."

Thompson said runners and walkers can be tracked online courtesy of timing equipment supplied by NRG.

RUN DETAILS

WHEN: March 25 Good Friday

WHERE: East Shores - northern end

DISTANCES: 3km and 10km

TIME: 7am

REGISTRATIONS: online on http://www.eventwizards.com.au by MIDNIGHT TUESDAY



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