It is running season, and I have been inspired to join the throng of community fun runners by entering the Fernleigh 15 on 22 October.
After attending the event launch recently, then firing the starting gun at the Lake Macquarie Running Festival on 27 August, I decided to get a relay team together for the 15-kilometre run along the Fernleigh Track.
First stop was the Pure Performance sports store at Warners Bay, where the expert attendants put me on a treadmill to assess my running style before offering me a choice of suitable shoes. Naturally, I picked the fast-looking bright pink pair, which I am sure will take minutes off my time.
I have already recruited into my team of five the Member for Charlestown – and my predecessor as Mayor of Lake Macquarie – Jodie Harrison, who will be more than up to task of running her three-kilometre leg, having completed the 10.5km course at the running festival. I have also been getting tips from council employee Angela Leadbeatter, a noted distance runner and past winner of the Fernleigh 15.
The five-person relay event is a new initiative and is a great chance for novice runners such as me to try a fun run. With separate divisions for walkers, wheelchair racers and different age groups, the Fernleigh 15 is an inclusive event that gives entrants of all abilities the chance to have a go. I look forward to joining other participants in this great event. Keep an eye out for the pink shoes!