Running for fun
By STEVE SPINKS THEY say it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
That old saying could be the theme for the City to Surf in Sydney on Sunday for three local girls Fiona Jolliffe, Donna Albany and Kate Goodman.
The teachers from Xavier Catholic College, Skennars Head, will be just three of an estimated 63,000 people lining up for the 14km run, which finishes at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.
But don't think the trio have grand designs on their place in the running world.
"Hopefully we can run all the way," chuckled Albany.
"We'll just see how our injuries are going."
"Who cares how we go," added Jolliffe.
"We're just going down to shop and eat."
Albany and Goodman have completed fun runs before, while Jolliffe has run in the City to Surf previously.
However, all of them have the same idea to conquering Heartbreak Hill, the dreaded climb up into Old South Head Road, which marks the half-way point of the race.
"You just put your head down and keep running," Goodman said.
"I'll probably just hang on to the back of Kate's shirt," joked Albany.
Greg Downes and his wife Gayle, of Lennox Head, are two more locals who will be among the throng come Sunday.
"I started doing the race 15 years ago or more," Downes said.
"I used to have a go a bit but these days it's just for a bit of fun."