DIEHARD runners and community members joined forces in the Flaggy 5K run yesterday, raising more than $1000 for the Leila Rose Foundation.
The fun run/walk attracted 156 people and raised $1055 for the national charity which helps to support families whose children have rare childhood cancer.
The fastest male was Clinton Hall running the course in a time of 16.03 and fastest female Alison Wilson wasn’t far behind with a time of 19.21.
The event took runners and walkers from Flagstaff Hill to the Flume and along the Promenade to the Pavilion. They returned along the beach path to the carnival site, along Pertobe Road and into Flagstaff Hill via the bottom gates.
Warrnambool Athletics Club president John Keats said that after Friday’s wet and icy conditions, they couldn’t have asked for a better day.
“We had quite a few kids. We had quite a few walkers. We had quite a few of everyone. Everyone was represented. It was great to see everyone get behind it because it’s a charity run. Not only the diehard runners but a variety of people,” he said.
Leila Rose Foundation marketing manager Natalie Stevens said the foundation was thrilled with money raised and the number of participants.
She said the money could be used for a range of things, from helping a family access worldwide medical treatment to helping ease the financial burden experienced when a child suffers from a rare childhood cancer.