FAST LANE: Joel Jukes and Marty Cahill were first across the finish line after running the 35 kilometre Coastal Charity Walk from Byron Bay to Ballina in an impressive 3:14:55.
FAST LANE: Joel Jukes and Marty Cahill were first across the finish line after running the 35 kilometre Coastal Charity Walk from Byron Bay to Ballina in an impressive 3:14:55. Ross Kendall

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MORE than 1600 people took part in the Coastal Charity Walk from Byron to Ballina to have fun and help raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

“We had record numbers. It was a sell-out,” event organiser Louise Jordan said.

Conditions were just about perfect for running, according to teacher Joel Jukes who led a team of 20 from the Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina.

Patrice Pheely was the first woman to finish and third overall in the Westpac Coastal Charity Walk on Sunday.
Patrice Pheely was the first woman to finish and third overall in the Westpac Coastal Charity Walk on Sunday. Ross Kendall

“It is all about supporting a good cause and getting the children involved,” Mr Jukes said.

He and friend Marty Cahill were first to cross the finish line at Ballina ahead of Patrice Pheely in third place.

Participants not ready to go the whole way could finish at early stages including Broken Head (12 kilometres) and Lennox Head (24kms).

Meryl and Stan Battistuzzi from Evans Head have been volunteering to support the Westpac chopper for 16 years.
Meryl and Stan Battistuzzi from Evans Head have been volunteering to support the Westpac chopper for 16 years. Ross Kendall

More than half the entrants went the full distance and as many as a third came from interstate.



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