GET SET: Start of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014.
GET SET: Start of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Queensland champion wins Lighthouse Run for fourth time

QUEENSLAND'S 5000-metre champion Jackson Elliott outran a record field of 910 to win yesterday's Byron Lighthouse Run.

It was the fourth time he has won the race in its nine-year history.

The course takes in Main beach and Tallow beach, as well as the climb to the Cape Byron lighthouse.

Such a dramatic course wasn't about record times, but about enjoying yourself at one of the country's best race settings he said.

"It is one of the most scenic and beautiful runs you will ever do," Mr Elliott said. "Conditions were beautiful, it was nice and cool".

A semi-professional Mr Elliott is a Queensland champion and travels across the country to compete in races. Over the last month he has competed in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014.
Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"I like races that are a little bit iconic, a little bit different," he said.

"It is a great event, when I first started there were only a few hundred running. I have enjoyed seeing it grow.

"It's fantastic to see the work of the community and how they have built it up," Mr Elliott said.

This year's event had attracted a record entry of 910 participants included about 250 who walked the course.

The Lighthouse Run had established itself "as a feel good event, it was all about participation," organiser Brigid Kramer said.

It was also expected to generate at least $20,000 for charity, she said.

Benefactors included the cancer ward at Lismore Base Hospital and the World Youth International, which is building a hospital in Kenya.

Over 60 volunteers had come out to help run the event and local businesses had chipped in with sponsorship and prize money she said.

"There was over $6000 worth of prizes, including lucky entries," Kramer said.

The event was also a great way for people to get together and the 35 racing teams were a real feature at yesterday's event, she said.

The Byron Boot Camp team carried a rope on their shoulders that kept them running in a group over the course, while the Southern Cross University gym team included 42 people.

A new edition to this year's event was an outdoor massage parlour where 10 local masseuses gave their time to support another charity - the Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support group.

It was a service well appreciated and was booked out, Mrs Kramer said.



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