Eden fun run makes good start

Around 45 people took part in the first ever Eden Australia Day fun run on Thursday morning. 

Organisers were buoyed by the excellent conditions for the event as sun shone vividly through the start point near the Eden Cricket Ground. 

Race director Patrick Avery of the Eden Gym said he was pleased with the turnout, saying it exceeeded his expectations for the first running. 

A solid roll up of locals welcomed a number of visitors from Canberra for the relaxing dash by the water, while a surprise appearance was a couple from Austria in Steffi Bogensperger and Bernie Essl. 

Mr Avery clicked on his stopwatch to launch the runners into their session at 8am sharp, while walkers set off for a stroll about five minutes later. 

Blitzing home in a stunning time was Canberra visitor James Lemon after clocking in just over 17 minutes to take out first place in the juniors and the overall lead. 

“That’s a very quick time,” Mr Avery said. “Especially given the course is slightly over five kilometres.”

Coming in just behind him to win the open men’s event was local contender Andy Gibbs, who posted a fantastic time of just over 18 minutes. 

Ms Bogensperger headed up the results for the ladies, blitzing the pack with another strong time, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes 38. 

Members of the Eden Scouts provided drinks to runners at the turnaround point along the course, while the barbecue had been fired up for breakfast as the field returned to the Cricket ground. 

Mr Avery said he was very pleased with the event and already had plans to grow the fun run for next year.