READY TO RUN: Natasha Rudder training with Terry West at Junction Hill - preparing for the Jacaranda 5km run.
READY TO RUN: Natasha Rudder training with Terry West at Junction Hill - preparing for the Jacaranda 5km run. Adam Hourigan

Fun Run honours open to new talent

THE 2013 Jacaranda Fun Run has been thrown wide open.

That's the call from organiser Andrew Black, who's predicting new winners due to some past champions having moved away.

There are some promising up and coming athletes in the region, including Luke Tarrant from the strong contingent of Coffs Coast Flyers.

Meanwhile Natasha Rudder recently started training with Junction Hill coach Terry West.

The 14-year-old is set to turn heads in her very first fun run.

"I've never been in a fun run so I'm looking forward to competing and meeting new people," the South Grafton High Year 8 student said.

However, her inexperience should not prove a great barrier at the event, which brings the curtain down on the Jacaranda Festival.

Natasha is a keen cross country runner - a past champion at regional level and current record holder for her age division at her school.

"It's great to be learning more things about competing in athletics and cross country at different levels," she said of her training program with West.

"I don't know too much about the course this Sunday. But from going to my Nan's, there will be a few hills which will make it challenging."

The event will be started from Caramana Park on Rogan Bridge Rd in Waterview Heights south west of Grafton.

The 5km and 10km events depart at 8am on Sunday and the 2km event an hour later.

Online entries are free for the 2km, $10 for the 5km and $15 for the 10km, while on the day of the event, entries incur an additional $5 fee. Online entries close at midnight on Friday night.



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