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The 2016 YMCA of Canberra Women and Girls’ Fun Run will
be the 30th running of this iconic event.
Jon Stanhope, who was at the time the organiser of the
monthly Women and Girls’ Jogalong, felt that more needed to be done to
encourage women to participate in the running scene. He therefore organised the
first Fun Run which was held on 5 April 1987 on a 6 km course starting and
finishing at Regatta Point. There were 400 finishers in the event, led home by
Susan Hobson, who subsequently went on to represent Australia at three Olympic
Games, as well as winning the Fun Run on a further five occasions.
Two of those who participated in that first event, Joan
Mallory and Sue Counsel, have run the event every year ever since, and are
expecting to line up for their 30th runs in March.
In 1999 the race moved to its currently location, based on
Stage 88, with the length reduced to 5 km. In 2008 another Olympian, Lisa Corrigan, set the current course record of
16 mins 23 secs.
Despite the high quality of our winners, the main focus on
the event has always been participation. Family categories
are a big feature of the race, and we also encourage schools to
get behind the event – and win $500 for their school if they have the highest
ratio of participants to female students.
Proudly supporting OvCan
Since 2010 the event has raised money for OvCan, a small
local group of volunteers, which aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer
within the broader community, support women with the disease, and educate
health professionals as to the diagnosis and best treatment path for this
insidious cancer. During this time, the run has raised over $30,000 for this
cause, which has been used for activities such as conducting information
sessions for GPs and running a support group. In an exciting development 2015
has also seen some of these funds supporting a research scholarship, which it
is hoped will foster interest in ovarian cancer research among up and coming