Second placed Matt Gunther approaching the finish. Photo: NAWAL AL-ADASANI

Bells Bash Cliff Run draws hundreds

January 9, 2020 BY

JAN Juc Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC) Bells Bash Cliff Run was held on Friday last week overlooking Bells Beach.

More than 600 people took part in the event, which in addition to the eight-kilometre run also included a four-kilometre run and a 1.5-kilometre Junior Juc Bash for kids.

Jan Juc SLSC fundraising director Brad Papworth said volunteers made an enormous contribution in the organising and running of both the Bells Bash and the Danger Ocean Swim that was held the following day.

“It takes a massive team to put it on. Over the two days we had almost 400 volunteers run the event.”

The male category was won by Matthew Crowley, who finished in just 24 minutes and 14 seconds.

He narrowly defeated Matt Gunther, who finished just seven seconds behind, and Brett Ellis, who finished six seconds behind Gunther.

Harriet Smith won the female category with a time of 28 minutes and 58 seconds.

Karla Treweek was not far behind, finishing in 29 minutes and 19 seconds. Julie Norney finished third in the female category despite also being in 50-59 age category.

Mr Papworth said the work the club did to make the race more inclusive helped it eclipse the numbers it had recorded in recent years.

“We changed parts of the course to make it a little more user-friendly, especially at the start.”