YMCA Women and Girls' Fun Run/Walk discontinued.
After 30 years the YCRC has reluctantly decided to discontinue the Women and Girls' Fun Run/Walk due to increasing competition from other events and difficulties with the course. We would like to thank all those who have supported this event over the last 30 years, whether as participants, volunteers or sponsors. For those of you looking for a women's only run, we still have our monthly Jogalong event. Our February 2017 Jogalong will be a special OvCan event, to continue our support of this great charity.
For those of you who would like a momento of the event, we still have our special 30th T-shirts available for purchase. Click here to order one on-line. A limited amount of clothing from previous years is also available.
Thank you from OvCan
The WGFR has supported OvCan for the last seven years. In 2016, in addition to the $5,000 sponsorship from the YMCA Canberra, we also raised nearly $1,000 from entrants additional donations. As OvCan is an entirely volunteer organisation, the money we have raised goes directly to projects such as awareness sessions for GPs, purchasing new equipment, and this year, sponsoring a research scholarship which is investigating how to improve ovarian cancer chemotherapy treatment. Full details of the work OvCan has been able to undertake with our help can be found here.
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In the beginning . . .
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, ran the event for every year ever since, chalking up their their 30th runs in March. Jim White volunteered at all 30 events.
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 course record of 16 mins 23 secs.
Thanks to our 2016 sponsors