Rocky Road Runners pound pavement to raise funds for cause
WHEN Leah Benson first pulled on her running shoes, she could only run for two minutes.
But now the Rocky Road Runners president can easily smash out kilometres and she puts it down to perseverance, something she noticed in other runners at the weekend as RRR held a Movember Fun Run.
"We had about 305 people turn out and it was hot and humid but everyone did it in really good spirits," Benson said.
"It was an excellent day and there were no winners because it was a fun run."
Benson said the recently developed RRR Rookie running group had really taken off in the region.
"We get about 30-40 people who are looking to get into running or improve their fitness show up," she said.
"When some of them started, they could only run for about two minutes and then they would walk the rest of the track but now through progression and improvement, they can go a lot further.
"You don't have to be the best runner in the world to give it a go."
RRR recently held a Pink Ribbon Run with 579 runners pounding the pavement for 2km, 4km and 8km events.
Over the course of the year, Benson said RRR had managed to raise $15,000 for various charities and she could not be prouder.
"We are just a little club that wants to get our name out there," she said.
With a 10-race season lined up for 2014, Benson encouraged anyone who wanted to give running a go to attend the Rookie running session and the club's sign-on in February.
Monday - Rookie Road Runners at Huish Drive playground at 5.30pm.
Tuesday - High intensity track session at CQUniversity running track at 6pm.
Thursday - Club run/walk at Huish Drive playground at 5.40pm.
Saturdays - Long Run (aerobic workout) at Degani Bakery Cafe (Farm Street) at 5.30am.
Sundays - Tempo Run at Frenchville Food Store, corner Kerrigan and Dean Street at 5pm.