On the 7 February 2007 Mike and Robyn Kennedy and Lisa Martini started the Broulee Runners. The first run over 5 kilometres had 9 competitors and these were Miles and Jacinta Craighead, Meg MacCallum, Lisa Martini, Mike Kennedy, Father John Woods, Sharee and Peter Jackson. Since that time, the run has seen many thousands of people from all locations in Australia and many overseas visitors come and enjoy the friendship and competition of the event.
Lisa initially was able to publish the event with a Blog on the internet and when Deb Connaughton (27-2-2008) took over promoting the event she set it up on FaceBook. This took the event to another level. The Bay Post has been a tremendous supporter as has Lei Parker of The Beagle News.
Mention should be made of the contribution of Richard Fisher, who has been an important helper at the event since 14 September 2011.
The attraction of the event is that allows elite athletes, young children, and elderly pensioners to test themselves over the 3 distances of 2, 3.5 and 5 kilometres. Depending on the conditions there have been as few as 5 or as many as 120 people participate.
With current Covid restrictions we are only operating with one event over 5 kilometres. We are attracting virtual runners over the 3 distances and will continue to do so for some time. These times are recorded in Broulee and surrounds, Canberra, and Melbourne.
It was decided to wait for 10 more weeks to have a major celebration when it will be our 700th run and we anticipate that we will be fully operational with the 3 events at that time.
The star of tonight’s run is Stephen Seidel, who recorded his 30th run. Running is part of the fitness program of the Seidel family as the six members have recorded 75 Broulee runs.
Above: Stephen and daughter Caitlin Seidel with Stephen proudly wearing his 30 run shirt.
The results this week are as follows:
Roz Hayward 20.54 Victoria Fleming 20.55
Jon Camilleri 18.15 Caitlin Seidel 19.04 Richard Fisher 32. 35
Kathryn Jeffery 51.09 Allyson Jeffery 51.09 Travis Dummett 51.09 Ruby Wilson 51.09
Daniel Beby 18.40 Lauren Evans 20.17 Matt Lambert 21.10 Geoff Hawke 22.58 Andrew McPherson 23.26 Angus Murphy 24.09 Dave Connaughton 24.12 Christian Proksch 24.48 Greg McCann 25.19 Bernie Lambert 25.51 Paige Connaughton 26.02 James Reilly 26.04 Stephen Seidel 26.49 Deb Connaughton 27.40 Jill Stapleton 29.50 Ross Wilson 30.14 Michael Lambert 30.50 Andrew Greenway 31.31 Eliza Milenkovic 31.49 John Hicks 34.04 Simon Wall 34.42 Lisa Robbins 35.17 Annie Johnsen 41.17 Michael Kennedy 44.25 David McCann 44.53 Robyn Kennedy 45.38