The Pilbara rally in record numbers for the 2018 Chevron City to Surf for Activ
The Pilbara sun shone bright for locals and regional running enthusiasts who took part in the annual Karratha Chevron City to Surf for Activ fun-run on Sunday.
Despite blistering 45km an hour winds on Saturday, a record 400 walkers, runners and rollers turned out for the coastal 4km and 12km courses.
Community support was strong
Rallying together to get active for Activ, Karratha’s community spirit was alive delivering a day of joy, fitness and fulfilment to all who participated.
In a heart-warming effort, various emergency service groups reinforced their enthusiasm for helping others, including the St John ambulance crew who teamed together to carry a 60kg dummy and push a wheelchair over the 4km finish line, and the local SES who beamed in orange overalls and donned branded flags as capes.
An event run by the community, for the community the Chevron City to Surf for Activ is all about giving back. The returning George family, ran with a crew of 70 to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors in memory of their son Lenni (6), who tragically lost his life in a boating accident in 2014.
Major event partner, Chevron had a team of 40 members from their local Onslow workforce. This was in addition to hosting an independent Chevron City to Surf for Activ inspired fun-run on Barrow Island, where on-site personnel can participate in a 4km or 8km course around the Chevron-operated Gorgon plant site.
Chevron Australia Managing Director, Nigel Hearne said “We’re proud to be part of an event focused on connecting people of all ages and backgrounds and encouraging our community to get active, volunteer and raise much-needed funds for charity.”
The day was not short of some incredible athletic performances. Kurt Wesley was strong out of the gate, taking on the 12km course for the third time this series to take first place in a time of 45 minutes, and 04 seconds, complementing his impressive performances in Albany and Geraldton.
Leading the under 16’s males through the 12km finish line was serial participant, Lachlan Taylor-Greaves, finishing the regional leg of the Chevron City to Surf for Activ in a time of 53 minutes, 13 seconds – he is set to finish his event circuit in Perth later this month.
Commenting on his time, Lachlan said, “An awesome thing about the series is that it attracts many elite runners that I am able to compare myself with and set future goals to achieve similar aspirations in my running career.
The Chevron City to Surf for Activ is an amazing adventure. It is because of the series that I am currently an athlete and I strive to make a future career out of running and athletics. It has opened doors for me that I never knew existed and, as a bonus, I have been able to explore more of WA.”
Amongst the 12km female winners, Abbey Tobin set the pace to take out first place in a time of 56 minutes, 37 seconds. While in the under 16’s category, Jazlyn Bray set the pace all the way to the finish, completing the course in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 54 seconds.
The 4km course was quite a show stopper. Tim Renton tore through the course in a time of 14 minutes, 26 seconds. While local lady, Claire Eatwell broke the women’s record by 40 seconds, crossing the line in a time of 17 minutes, 12 seconds.
Claire commented on her win “I have been running for about a year or so, and the Karratha Chevron City to Surf for Activ has been a goal race for me since moving up to the Pilbara in January.
Training in the lead up to the event has been fun, as I have made a couple of friends through the Pilbara Running Clubs. We meet on Wednesdays at Baynton West oval and Sunday mornings to take a long run along either Dampier or out to Back Beach and around town. So far, running in Karratha has been an interesting experience because it is either 40 degrees or very windy”
Activ’s CEO Danielle Newport and Chevron Australia’s Managing Director Nigel Hearne joined locals on the 4km walk with the 2018 Activ All Star team including: Christie Erenshaw, Paul Mitchell, Raziel Rodgers and young Mia Rodriguez.
Activ CEO Danielle Newport commented, “As a local service provider to many people living with disability in regional towns across WA, I am pleased to see how events such as our Chevron City to Surf for Activ series can contribute to building stronger communities and networks through bringing together people, local businesses and community groups.
Our local event here in Karratha is a great opportunity to raise awareness and for everyone to participate and be part of our inclusive community.”
The 2018 Chevron City to Surf for Activ is the association’s largest annual fundraiser, providing valuable programs and services for thousands of people living with disability. The Karratha Chevron City to Surf for Activ is the final regional event, with Perth concluding the series on August 26. It’s not too late to register, get your friends and family together and register now at chevroncitytosurf.com/perth/
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