Busselton walks, runs, rolls and smiles all the way to the finish line
Widely heralded as the most popular run in the region, South West locals and competitive visiting athletes faced strong winds to break records, raise funds for charity and share in the community spirit at the sixth Busselton Chevron City to Surf for Activ on Sunday.
Crossing the finish line at Signal Park, participants walked, ran and rolled along Geographe Bay Road to take part in the all-inclusive annual fun run, which offered 4km and 12km courses. Event registrations continued to grow year on year across all age groups and categories.
No stranger to the 12km course, WA’s most promising distance runner Nic Harman (22) set the pace, finishing in a time of 37 minutes, 08 seconds. Hoping to represent Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Nic first competed in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ six years ago and participates in the event annually. A member of the Front Runner National Elite Squad, the Busselton course provided a mere warm up for his planned appearances at the upcoming National Half Marathon Championships and Australian Cross-Country Championships.
Raf Baugh, Managing Director of Front Runner Sports and trainer of Nic Harman commented, “This year’s regional events have really ramped up. Busselton has the potential to add a half marathon leg as the Chevron City to Surf for Activ continues to attract greater interest from elite runners. Not only was the standard of running in this year’s event higher, the organisation and logistics management around it was equal – everyone wants to go back.”
Chevron City to Surf for Activ influencer and long distance runner Rochelle Rodgers maintained her leading streak breaking her own personal best in the 12km with a finish time of 43 minutes, 02 seconds. Rochelle won the Half Marathon at the Perth Chevron City to Surf for Activ in 2017 and will defend her title in 2018.
The new 4km course saw two new records set in both the men’s and women’s events. Outrunning all male competitors and participating in his first regional Chevron City to Surf for Activ event, Alain Dutton smashed the run finishing in 11 minutes, 57 seconds – beating the previous record by 1 minute, 54 seconds.
Dutton commented, “I have competed in the Perth event for the past 10 years and am glad to see that more running events are being offered in regional WA, not just the metro area. It is always a great experience travelling for a race, you get to test yourself across a different competitor line-up, and it is good simulation for competing over east. The race itself was awesome! The strong winds made it a challenging and tactical occasion.”
The women’s 4km welcomed some surprise competition amongst the younger generation. Teenager Hana Yusoff (14) took the lead to finish in a record time of 15 minutes, 42 seconds – 15 seconds faster than the existing record. Not far behind was Dunsborough local and 800m state junior champion, Isabella Bidesi (11), finishing in 16 minutes, 26 seconds.
With the rain holding back, the 4km course was host to some familiar personalities, including: local Mayor Grant Henley; Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Activ Ambassador and basketball legend Damian Martin; local Activ All Star Raziel Pollard; and Activ All Stars Mia Rodriguez, Christie Erenshaw and Paul Mitchell.
Busselton Mayor Grant Henley commented, “My congratulations go to the event organisers, volunteers and participants. This year’s event was a huge success, the sun was shining, crowds were smiling; it was the perfect day to take in the beauty of Geographe Bay while raising vital funds for Activ. Events like this help create a culture of health and wellbeing here in the South West and I was very pleased to be a part of it.”
Full results for the Busselton 2018 Chevron City to Surf for Activ are available at PerthNow.
Raising funds for charity and inspiring community spirit, the Busselton Chevron City to Surf for Activ is the second leg in the series, with races continuing throughout August in Geraldton, Karratha and Perth – to register go to chevroncitytosurf.com
The 2018 Chevron City to Surf for Activ is Activ’s largest annual fundraiser, providing valuable programs and services for thousands of people living with disability. It’s the only event of its kind owned by a charity that is produced by the community, for the community.