Great field to run ocean race

THE entries have started to build for tomorrow's Poolside Water World Great Ocean Run from Red Rock to the Jetty at Coffs Harbour along the beaches, across the creeks and over the headlands.

Just over a regular marathon in length, this event has attracted more than its fair share of characters from elite Internationals like Paul Arthur and Sean Williams to those for whom the event represents an annual challenge of the will to complete the course.

This year will see multiple winner Stephen Sayers from the Central Coast have yet another try to break the record set by local legend Jim Bennington.

As a bonus the female record-holder Melissa Bulloch may well return.

Already entered are two amazing athletes, Beryl Kemp and Kelvin Marshall.

Ten years ago Beryl completed the event for the first time to celebrate turning 70 years of age. She has finished on another two occasions, but as she is now 80, she has indicated that this may well be her swansong.

That will not be the case for Marshall as this event will be the 46-year-old's 400th run of marathon length or longer.

With a CV which includes multi-day races and the Badwater race across Death Valley, the 45km run along our beaches is almost speed work for him.

The event gets underway from the northern end of Red Rock beach officially at 6.30pm on Sunday. Contact Steel Beveridge at or 66562735.

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