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20 Aug 2018

San Run for Life helps cancer patients

800 runners and walkers took part in the San Foundation’s annual San Run for Life Fun Run and Walk event.

The event raised over $30,000 for the renovation of bathrooms and kitchens at the San Cancer Support centre, providing counselling and other resources, and subsidised residential accommodation at Jacaranda Lodge for patients having cancer treatment at any public or private facility in Sydney.

Local representatives were strong supporters with Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock firing the starters gun, and State MP’s Matt Kean and Alister Henskens joining Federal MP and Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher to compete. Local Federal MP for Berowra Julian Leeser had previously shown his support during a pre-promotional photo shoot at Jacaranda Lodge. 

Former Barker College Hornsby student Kieran Tall won both the 10km and 5km race for the second year running with personal best times of 33 minutes 39 seconds and 17 minutes 1 second.

Anna Heath won the female 10km run for the second year running beating her 2017 record by 4 minutes and 7 seconds, coming in at 41 minutes.  

Abbotsleigh student Xanthe Cogan ( border from Moree)was the overall winner of the San Run for Life (female) 5km race category clocking a time of 21 minutes and 18 seconds at just 12 years old.

Xanthe has previously competed in the National Primary Schools Sports Association cross country championships representing NSW in swimming and running in Canberra and has been awarded state recognition for her long distance running efforts with a NSW Government State Representative Certificate.

In the schools category, Loretto Normanhurst won the Fun Run’s Schools Female Championship Cup.

Chatswood’s St Pius X College won the Male category of the Cup for the second time running. Especially inspired this year by the battle of teacher Steve Quilty’s son, Daniel, with cancer, the school beat their previous years results with their best runner coming in at 19 minutes 37 seconds for the 5km course.

St Pius X fielded more than 13 teams of year 7 to 11 students with two of the teams placing first and third in the 5km race and raising over $900. Many participated in the ‘Quilty Strong’ team raising over $16, 728 and honouring Daniel who finished his chemotherapy at the Hospital on Friday.

The San’s Medical Records Department team the ‘Record Breakers’ raised $3,677 and participated in both the 10km run and the 5km walk.

Thanks to all the organisers, supporters, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event a success.


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Position Category Name                          Time
1            U20         Kieren Tall (162)         00:33:51
2            30-39      Caleb Wegener (151) 00:35:40
3            40-49      Nelson Santos (176)   00:37:21


Position Category  Name                         Time
1            40-49       Anna Heath (2)          00:41:00
2            30-39       Sonia Green (12)       00:41:59
3            30-39       Tiffany Vibert (146)     00:43:03



Position Category Name                            Time
1            U20         Kieren Tall (262)            00:17:01
2            U20         Otto Khoo (182)            00:35:40
3            20-29      Cameron Gordon (695) 00:18:29



Position Category Name                            Time
1            U20         Xanthe Cogan (647)     00:21:18
2            30-39      Karen Gauci (588)        00:22:37
3             U20       Abby Lander                  00:23:00




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