Tomaree Trotters enjoy annual Beer Mile event at Fingal Beach

Tomaree Trotters’ Keith Collin with the Beer Mile trophy.

ON 31 January the Tomaree Trotters held their annual Beer Mile Relay at Fingal Beach.

The Tomaree Trotters are a local running group set up by Fingal Bay resident and keen runner Keith Collin in 2014.

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Initially comprising four or five local friends meeting on a Wednesday evening for a social jog, the group has gradually grown into a well organised free running club, welcoming locals and visitors of all ages and abilities to join in exploring the local fire trails and coastal tracks Port Stephens has to offer.

“Not sure how many we’re expecting tonight, but should be a bit of fun,” said Keith, chatting to NOTA as he set up the relay course flags.

“We normally hold this particular event during the Christmas break, but weather conditions meant we had to delay until the end of January.

“We have a trophy for the winners, donated by Crest, Birubi at Anna Bay.”

Once the Trotters arrived, they were divided into six teams of four for the relay race.

Keith then briefed the rules.

“When I say go, the first runners down their beer then run a lap, handover to the next team member who repeats, until we’re all done.”

The enthusiastic racers were barely hindered by the gaseous exercise, and the winners were the Mums and Sons team of Tash, Xavier, Jo and Jack.

Not all meetings involve drinking beverages before running or walking.

“We normally meet on Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the Fingal Bay Sports Club car park, then give people the option of running or walking distances normally from four to eight kilometres along the local trails, before meeting afterwards in the club for a social gathering,” said Keith.

“We also meet on Sunday mornings at 7am at Fingal Cellar Cafe and run about a ten kilometre varied route around the coastal area before reconvening for breakfast.

“All are welcome to join us.”

For information and how to join or just run along with the Tomaree Trotters, visit their Facebook page at

Joining the group is free, and local sponsors including Fingal Bay Sports Club, Evado Studios, Crest Birubi and Pelvis Form all help to pay for the club shirts.

By Simon EKINS

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