AROUND 2,500 runners of all ages braved the cold conditions on Sunday morning at the Mini-Mos Community Fun Run & Fair.
The fundraiser raises money for Mosman Public School and its nominated charities Raise Foundation and SeeBeyondBorders.
Celebrating 36 years this year, the day saw over 1,300 kids and parents run the 2k, over 600 runners in the 5k and close to 500 in the 10k.
The 10k was won by Commonwealth Games marathoner Liam Adams in a time of 30:15, just shy of the course record of 30:05, jointly held by Martin Dent and Brett Cartwright.
Adams travelled from Melbourne with his partner and fellow elite runner Charlotte Wilson, who came third in the women’s 10k with a time of 36:25.
“I was quite unsure with my fitness going into the race and I knew it was going to be quick,” Adams said post-race.
Adams said he and short distance runner Jordan Gusman were close for most of the 10k, but it was at the 7k mark where he managed to get a gap and extended in front.
Gusman came in 2nd with a time of 30:54, followed by 10k defending champion Kevin Batt 3rd in 30:55.
“It’s probably the hardest 10k I’ve ever run,” 24-year-old Gusman said.
The women’s 10k was won by distance runner Abigail Regan in 35:31, who battled it out with Marnie Ponton who came in 2nd in 35:35.
“It was neck and neck the whole way,” Regan said after her win.
“Marnie dictated the pace most of the way and she kept gapping me on all the corners. We were together until that last hill,” Regan said.
Mosman local Ed Goddard was a late entry into the 5k, deciding to register at the last minute.
“I came 4th in the 10k and didn’t want to go home with a 4th place so decided to run in the 5k,” Goddard said.
The decision paid off, with the 20-year-old taking out the men’s 5k in 16:34. Jonny Gusman placed 2nd with a time of 18:05 and James Polson was 3rd in 18:07.
The women’s 5k was won by Fleur Cooper in 19:08, Mia Fry came in 2nd in 19:28 and Sophia Kusano placed 3rd in 21:13.
Mini-Mos 2018 Event Coordinator Fleur Huston said Sunday’s Mini-Mos was a huge success, with 2,471 runners taking part and hundreds of volunteers giving their time to stage the event.
“As a local community event, we aim to stage a fun day for everyone to come together and enjoy,” Huston said.
“A big thanks to all the runners, volunteers, sponsors, local businesses, Mosman Council and the local police, who supported our school this year by being part of the Mini-Mos.”
“It was great to see so many Mini-Mos’ers of all ages and abilities taking part on Sunday”.
Proceeds from registrations, the fair and sponsors go directly to Mosman Public School to fund extra resources and facilities such as extra teachers, playground upgrades and air-conditioning.
At press time, over $25,00 had been raised for Raise Foundation and SeeBeyondBorders from direct donations by race participants and in-school fundraising activities.
Photos courtesy of Suzanne Stevenson Photography, PhotosOn, Irene Cominakis and Konrad Wielgosz.