Hearing the sound of light rain falling on the marquee in the early hours of the morning disappointed me, thinking competitors would stay home in bed, but not so.
Numbers in most events doubled with morning entries.
There were 109 competitors, made up of 12 Marathoners, 24 Half Marathoners,
15-15ks, 23-10ks, 20-6ks and 15-3ks. Last year I was asked about a distance longer than 3k but shorter than 12, so this new format was a trial, appearing successful.
The weather was periodically cloudy with showers, which is favoured over a steamy hot day. Generally, it was a good day for a run. The beach was clean and fresh with the water glistening and inviting. All the creeks remained banked with no creek crossings this year, hence no wet shoes.
We had some early starters who said for whatever reason they would be taking it steady. I don’t know how good they felt but during the process of my duties measuring and marking the distances, it took 19ks to catch the first runners.
Patrolling the course I did not get to see any great achievements but, I was told by many of their negative splits, their ease and comfort, the fresh air.
From my position, it was a great sight seeing all the footprints in the sand and catching up to large groups of competitors, for I was unaware of the increased entries taken prior to the start of each distance.
I cannot say any one person stood out to me performance wise, I was impressed with all. I spoke to lady walkers, lady joggers, male joggers, friends trying to keep good times, newcomers enjoying the surroundings. They all impressed me.
On my return to the marquee, without getting bogged, I mingled and talked with the competitors, finding them to be a great friendly bunch. I enjoyed chatting and listening to their version of the morning events. They looked happy and I was happy.
As competitors finished they received a bottle of Frantelle Water kindly donated by Cornetts IGA Bongaree. Moving in and around the finish area a Barbie-cue was underway.
Competitors made a gold coin donation & received a large fresh sausage with onion & sauce wrapped in a fresh slice of bread. Kindly donating the sausages was Woorim Beach Meats and the bread donation was from Woorim Bakehouse. Both businesses are adjacent to each other in the North St Woorim shopping area.
Soft drinks donated by Coca Cola were available for sale to wash down the delicious barbie.
Endura, kindly donated by Healthworld, was available to competitors before & after their event.
Bribie Island Bowls Club has been a continuous supporter with monetary donations.
Bribie Island Surf Club supported the event too with 6 x $33.00 breakfast vouchers.
Bribie Island Caravan Park was very supportive donating a Holiday Gift Certificate.
Bribie Island Domino’s Pizza again came onboard donating many free Pizzas.
Bribie Island Woolworths donated a Wish Card for purchasing light goods.
Bribie Island RSL Committee meets this week and is likely to support us too.
Caboolture Sports Club Committee also has a meeting pending their support.
Thanks to all the competitors, the supporters, my helpers – Julie, Libby, Susannah, Michael (time keeper) Craig (webmaster) and my darling wife Betty, you have all done a great job. Thanks also to Soul-Sa Mobile Coffee, Dwayne and his wife for coming.
To all the businesses above supporting the “Bribie Beach Bash” 2009 and the added donations from the private sector, I truly thank you. Until final figures and donations are received only an estimate can be given on the amount raised from the event. The estimate is $800.00, with more to come.
Next year, 2010 will be the 10th year for the “Bribie Beach Bash”. There will be celebrations, so keep an eye open on the website for the date in October, for it will be one to remember.
Happy running or walking. Keep fit, injury free & healthy.