A stunning Sunday morning set the scene for another successful Mateship Run in Currumbin on 10 November. Nearly 600 eager participants pounded the pavement either running or walking the 1.5km, 5km and 10km distances and together raised a massive $14,500 for Veterans’ welfare.
The majority of the total amount came from entry fees, $600 was raised from the sausage sizzle on the day and a whopping $1,200 was made through online donations which people kindly contributed on top of their registration fee.
Nearly 250 people participated in the 10km distance and first to cross the finishing line was Darryl Hill in 36:06.5 and the 5km distance winner was Joshua Manning with a time of 16:26.3 in a smaller field of nearly 200 people.
Many schools took part with Currumbin State School winning, followed closely by Elanora State School who placed second and Caningeraba State School who came third. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary sponsored the 1.5km Junior Bolt with a Family Pass being won by Edward Coombes.
The largest group was the 60’s and Better Walking Group who were sponsored by The Pines with The Pines paying their entry fee. Balter Brewery sponsored the Biggest Group prize with 12 cartons of beer. Instead of drinking the beer, the 60’s & Better Walking Group have decided to take their hat around, sell the cartons and make a donation with the money they raise which will increase the total of $14,500 even more!
On top of the participants, there are so many people to thank for giving up their time to help out before, during and after the event.
Local Veteran Matt ‘One-Take’ Jones helped out with videos in the lead up to the event, Spida Everitt from 92.5 Triple M Gold Coast helped promote it on the airwaves and donated his time as MC on the day and we had twenty awesome volunteers either on the course, at cheer stations, setting up or packing down.
Thank you to all Currumbin RSL staff who helped out especially Kristy Oswald, Kerry Shepherd, Naomi Wyatt & Marc Thompson who probably felt like they’d already run the 10km distance five times over with all the work that they put in.
The Mateship Run is growing every year and we hope its fifth year in 2020 will be even bigger. It’s fantastic to see people from all walks of life supporting their local veterans! Check out our Mateship Run 2019 album on CRSL’s Facebook page to see if you can see yourself 🙂
Blog by Carmen Mudie