Second Annual Rotary River Run attracts the district’s best

Jala Baker, Jim Ward, Mac Ward and Akasha Baker from Macksville Public School are congratulated by Nambucca Valley Mayor Rhonda Hoban OAM for their win in the Primary School Division.

NOW in its second year the Rotary River Run and Walk was held on Sunday with nearly 80 competitors showing up to take up the challenge.

The five kilometre course uses the shared pathway beginning at the corner of Florence Wilmont Drive and Giinagay Way and concludes at the foot bridge in front of the Boat Shed Cafe in Nambucca Heads.

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This year’s winner was local man and elite athlete Daniel Williams who came in with a time of 16 minutes and 22 seconds.

Daniel has recently returned from the Australian Championships in Adelaide where he won the Under 20s 1500 metre title.

The first place in the Ladies Division went to Amie Goswell who finished strongly in a hotly contested division.

The Family Division was won by the Williams family consisting of Keith, Michelle and Tom Williams, who are also the family of Daniel Williams, the overall winner.

The Junior Boys Division was won by Axel Hyland and the Girls Junior Division winner was Poppy Barclay.

The Group Division was won by James Times Two and the Primary School Division was won by Macksville Public School.

“Rotary’s motivation to hold this event is to get people out and active on a Sunday morning, raise awareness of the beautiful area we live in and raise some money for our Rotary projects, particularly those that focus on youth in the district,” Nambucca Valley Rotary President Mr Dave Banks told News Of The Area.

“As well as these programs we also look to provide some financial assistance to young people who may be required to travel from the district for representative or specific sporting activities or events.”

Now considered an annual event that includes cash and other prizes for placegetters, the Rotary River Run and Walk is set to attract more interest as word spreads.

Some local businesses also got behind the event with the Nambucca Heads RSL Club providing vouchers as prizes and also providing the Club’s courtesy bus to ferry competitors back to the start following the event.

The Nambucca Heads Boat Shed Cage and the Bait and Tackle Shop also donated vouchers as prizes and Kingsworth Automotive allowed Nambucca Valley Rotary to use their premises as the race start point.


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