Port Fairy Summer Fun Run a chance for footballers and netballers to test their fitness

SAND? NO WORRIES: Competitiors make easy work of Port Fairy's East Beach during the 2017 fun run. Pictures: Rob Gunstone, Morgan Hancock
SAND? NO WORRIES: Competitiors make easy work of Port Fairy's East Beach during the 2017 fun run. Pictures: Rob Gunstone, Morgan Hancock

PRE-SEASON challenges for a cause.

That’s what awaits Port Fairy footballers and netballers who will test themselves in the beach-heavy Port Fairy Summer Fun Run on Sunday.

Fun run organiser Shaun Murrihy anticipates new senior coach Dan Nicholson to be the club’s best performed runner.

But he said the annual fundraiser, which includes 10km and 6km circuits and a 6km walk section, was developed as an inclusive event.

More than half the predicted 350-plus field is expected to complete the 6km walk.

Murrihy said tourists, who flock to the seaside town in their thousands during January, were also strong supporters with a large chunk of the field field visitors to the region.

“I think they enjoy getting a shirt with something from Port Fairy on it and they can hang onto those for a while,” he said.

The course, which starts and finishes at Gardens Oval, includes a 4km stint on East Beach.

“It’s a different course,” Murrihy said.

“We try and keep off the roads so 8km is on the beach and tracks. It’s the whole East Beach from one end to the other up to the river, so it’s quite unique for a fun run.”

Murrihy said Nicholson, considered one of the fittest footballers in the Hampden league, would set an example to his players.

“I think he was first last year in the 6km,” he said.

“He keeps himself fit and leads from the front.”

The 10km fun run starts at 5pm.

Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson