BLITZED: Celia Sullohern was the overall winner of the 2016 Jacaranda 10km Fun Run in 36:05.
BLITZED: Celia Sullohern was the overall winner of the 2016 Jacaranda 10km Fun Run in 36:05. Grafton parkrun

Sullohern blitzes newlook Jacaranda Fun Run course

JACA FUN RUN: Accomplished athlete Celia Sullohern has praised the organisers of the Jacaranda Fun Run after blitzing the newlook course on Sunday.

Previously held at Waterview Heights, the event was moved into Grafton as part of the Jacaranda Festival revamp. The 10km route involved runners completing two laps of a circuit from Memorial Park across Grafton Bridge to the South Grafton Cenotaph and back.

The picturesque layout received a tick of approval from the former Australian cross country representative, who won in an impressive time of 36 minutes 05 seconds.

"It was beautiful running across the bridge. I thought that was a really good feature," Sullohern said.

"I really enjoy running at that time of the morning and I felt nice and smooth so everything came together well.

Celia Sullohern in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016.
Celia Sullohern in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016. Grafton Parkrun

"In terms of organisation it was one of the best events I've done.

"I know how much work goes into it so I appreciate all the volunteers and organisers giving their time.

"The course was so well marked out with marshals making it so easy."

Rounding a big tree at the halfway mark caused confusion for several athletes in the 10km event in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016.
Rounding a big tree at the halfway mark caused confusion for several athletes in the 10km event in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016. Grafton Parkrun

Sullohern won by more than two minutes ahead of Beth Hickey (38:09) and Clare Palmer (38:42) in an all-female podium.

"I was happy with that time, it was nice to have a solid hitout," Sullohern said.

"I did think the men's field might be a little bit stronger.

"But I was very excited to see the girls finish one-two-three. I've run a little bit with Beth, she's very talented.

"The boys will have to up their game for next year."

Sam Ward was fourth overall and first man home in the 10km event in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016.
Sam Ward was fourth overall and first man home in the 10km event in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016. Grafton Parkrun

Sam Herd was the first male across the line, recording 39:05 in his first Jacaranda Fun Run.

Sullohern is concentrating her training towards the upcoming triathlon season and said the fun run was a good hit out in her preparations.

"I'm doing a little bit more triathlon stuff at the moment and the Olympic distance triathlons are a 10km run, so it fits in nicely."

Ed Brazier and Celia Sullohern are the King and Queen of Mt Coramba after their wins in the MNC Cross Country 10km race held there on Sunday.
Ed Brazier and Celia Sullohern are the King and Queen of Mt Coramba after their wins in the MNC Cross Country 10km race held there on Sunday.
 

Sullohern has claimed a few titles in recent months, including Queen of the Mountain (9.6km) at Mt Coramba near Coffs Harbour, theCoffs Harbour Running Festival Half-Marathon and 5km (which included a 20-minute gap between events) and the Brisbane River Run (100km).

The physiotherapist moved to the Clarence Valley in February. She currently holds the Grafton 5km parkrun women's record of 19:15 set in August, and the weekend prior to the Jacaranda Fun Run set a new mark of 17:03 in her first Yamba parkrun appearance (Oct 29).

The start of the 5km in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016.
The start of the 5km in the 2016 Jacaranda Fun Run held at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday 6th, November, 2016. Grafton Parkrun

Harrison Colyer, who was competing in the Juniors 10 to 14 Years division, was the overall winner of the 5km in an incredible time of 18:11.

Spectators had to wait another two and a half minutes to see runner up Andy Black (20:48) while former Australian Matildas footballer Jo Powell (21:52) was first female home.

Two more Junior 10-14 Years competitors, William Pope and Elke Bowles, finished one-two in the 2.4km event.

JACARANDA FUN RUN - WINNERS

10km

1st Celia Sullohern 36.05

2nd Bethany Hickey 38.09

3rd Clare Palmer 38.42

5km

1st Harrison Colyer 18:11

2nd Andy Black 20:48

3rd Michael Summers 21:15

2.4km

1st William Pope 8:54

2nd Elke Bowles 9:06

3rd Joel Spoor 9:53

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