A typically enthusiastic group of RATs runners and walkers met on Sunday morning at Narrawallee Inlet for their regular weekend run. Keen to keep some normality in their lives the group chose to run in town conscious of the significant challenges many of our local areas are sadly still facing. Once again there was a huge amount of smoke lingering in the air making the run very challenging for our members. Some runners chose to run with P2 face masks on which added another dimension to the idea of catching your breath and must have created a fair amount of comment from passers-by!
Leaving Narrawallee both runners and walkers headed towards the bush track at the end of Leo Drive and up towards the Telstra tower. The small amount of very welcome drizzle overnight gave cool conditions and soft running underfoot. Just a pity about the air quality! Conversation naturally seemed to be focused around the distressing past couple of weeks and the mood seemed sombre and reflective. However as we popped out onto Matron Porter Drive and headed down Garside Road towards the ocean we were glad of the emotional positivity that comes from exercise. To increase distance some of our runners went across the golf course onto Ilett Street and down to the surf club. Everywhere seemed quiet and empty of people, obviously a sad indication of the severe effects of the local and ongoing bushfires.
The return run took us up to Bannisters Headland and down onto south Narrawallee Beach where there was still ash and burnt leaves mixed in with the seaweed. A short road run took us back to the Inlet. Good coffee was enjoyed at Dukes in Milton where the RATs are always welcomed.
The Ulladulla RATs would like to send out our sincere thanks to the RFS firefighters, police, emergency support teams, service workers and volunteers who have given so much selfless help and support to our local community in recent times. Your efforts have been truly amazing. For one RAT in particular the ongoing support and help from so many different people from so many different places is truly humbling.
Sunday - meet at the Lions Park Burrill Lake at 6.30am for mixed distances. For those participating in the Global Relief Run to raise funds for the bushfire relief effort please meet at 6am for the 21.1km distance.
Tuesday: 6am, meet at Narrawallee Inlet carpark, for flat interval training. Suitable for beginners and serious athletes, distances from 1.7km.
Wednesday: 6am, meet at Macca's car park, up to 10km.
Friday: 6am, meet at Mollymook Surf Club car park, up to 10km.
Saturday: 8am, Batemans Bay or Huskisson parkrun, 5km, is always on option.
The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Laurie on 0438445573
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