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Age no barrier to Pub2Pub marvels – August 27, 2019

92 year old Ted Cavanagh (left) and 83 year old Margaret Hawes (right) While so many young participants featured among the prize-winners at this year’s Pub2Pub (including 12 year old Hannah Stevenson who was the 3rd fastest female over 13km!), there were some super athletes at the other end of the spectrum too. Margaret Hawes, (aged a spritely 83) completed the 6km event with her daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren and the family dog as part of the San Filippo Children’s Foundation Team. Her daughter Diana couldn’t believe it when she had to slow to a walk after injuring a hamstring, only to see her mum flash by at full stretch! “Mum’s incredible”, said Diana. “She was still playing tennis untilRead more…

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A touching Pub2Pub story – August 23, 2019

Members of the Manly Women’s Touch Pub2Pub Team – Willard’s Wombats A special group of ladies from the Manly Warringah Touch Association have a special reason for running in this year’s Pub2Pub. Peta Willard These ladies have played together representing their club in both the weekly Vawdon Cup competition and at Senior State Cup level for many years. Earlier this year, they lost one of their team mates, Peta Willard, to melanoma. Peta was a 36 year old mother of two young boys, a loving wife, daughter and granddaughter. She was also an inspirational teacher to many and led a very active life. Her Touch Footy team mates miss her terribly. “It was an absolute privilege playing alongside Peta”, saidRead more…

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One Eighty uses Pub2Pub to open up about mental health – August 20, 2019

Some members of the 2019 One Eighty Pub2Pub Team (and mascot) One Eighty is youth mental health care and awareness done differently. It started in Avalon when a bunch of twenty-somethings, angered by losing too many friends to mental illness, decided to do something together to look out for their mates on the beaches. One Eighty’s vision is for a future free of youth suicide. They believe they can achieve this by getting local communities to band together to provide opportunities to openly discuss mental health and to support those suffering from mental health issues. “We see the Pub2Pub as an opportunity to do just that”, says One Eighty’s Samantha Callender. “It’s such a great local event with a Sydney-wideRead more…

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Stella set to make Cambodian village school Happy again – August 20, 2019

The 2018 Stella Maris Pub2Pub Team with Happy Village Founder Mike Pawley The Stella Maris College Team is again steaming ahead in its bid to retain the title of Largest School Team and once more take out the URM Schools Charity Challenge top prize. Not only will the College win another Pub2Pub trophy to add to its bulging trophy cabinet, this year it will take home $2,000 courtesy of major Pub2Pub sponsor URM PLUS an additional 25% of all entry fees paid for Team Members. Add this to the individual fundraising efforts of the students and teachers and there’ll be another sizeable donation going the way of the Happy Days Cambodian Village School. A charity started by local legend, MikeRead more…

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Bringing heart to our fun ‘Fund Run’ – August 20, 2019

At its heart, the Pub2Pub is all about raising much-needed funds for worthy causes. Runners like Damian Parkes (pic.) and David Hurlow are great examples of this wonderful community spirit. They’re running this Sunday to raise funds for Cure Cancer Australia and the Stroke Foundation respectively… and they’re doing a brilliant job. Over the years, Damian has lost several family members to cancer. And not long ago, a great mate of his joined that list at just 55 years of age. “When this kind of thing happens, you can sit around feeling sorry, or go out and try to make a difference”, says Damian. “I chose the latter and decided to support a cause that is actually trying to findRead more…

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Mona Vale Vets help provide more canine carers – August 15, 2019

For thousands of years, dogs and humans have looked after each other physically and emotionally. We’ve benefited from each other’s existence and become best mates in the process. Each and every year, Mona Vale Vets participates in the Pub2Pub to support the amazing work done by Assistance Dogs Australia. This week, a caring canine named CeeJay came to visit the practice with her owner Sonya, to say thanks. Assistance Dogs Australia trains and places unique dogs like CeeJay with Australians in unique situations. They train dogs that specialise in providing support for people with a physical disability, autism or PTSD and also provide a range of additional services to these individuals and their families. “Having a trained canine friend byRead more…

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Avalon Public School uses Pub2Pub to help students lead a healthier lifestyle – August 15, 2019

Nathan Casey – ‘Football Convener’ at Avalon Public School – has been a long time supporter of the Pub2Pub. In fact, he remembers running in it as a youngster himself “… when it still started at the Pub, or ‘The Jet Club’ as I knew it”. (Now that is going back Nathan!) Until this year, Nathan had the same role at Narrabeen Lakes P.S., moving to Avalon to start the new school year this January. He always made sure his old school had a Team entered in the Pub2Pub and he’s now kept the tradition going. “As did Narrabeen Lakes, Avalon Public has a great community spirit”, said Nathan. “And here at the tip of the northern beaches, there’s evenRead more…

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Manly Waratahs add Pub2Pub to the Club’s Community Program – August 9, 2019

This year the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club (the Waratahs) announced a new association with local youth homeless organisation, The Burdekin Association. The Foundation is now one of the Club’s official community partners as it looks to strengthen ties with the local area through their ‘Manly for Manly’ community program. The Foundation is seen as an ideal community partner for Manly Cricket and the Club’s first activity as a partner is to register a Team in the 2019 Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run & Festival to raise funds for one of Burdekin’s initiatives, the Avalon Youth Hub. ‘Manly for Manly’ is an internal community program launched five years ago that will continue for the 2019/’20 season and beyond. It’s a programRead more…

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It’s Locals v Internationals in this year’s Pub2Pub – August 1, 2019

German entrant Eltje Wehrlin-Schmidt and her kids – all running in this year’s Pub2Pub.   Locals know and love the iconic annual northern beaches Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run & Festival organised by Rotary Club of Brookvale, now in its 27th year… but the profile of the event is also growing exponentially overseas. Last year the event attracted entrants from the U.S., U.K., Wales and Japan. This year we can add Germany, Singapore and Indonesia to the list! Eltje completing the Tokyo Marathon in March this year. Eltje Wehrlin-Schmidt is an enthusiastic runner from the Efringen-Kirchen municipality in the southwest of Germany. It’s about 179km from Stuttgart and quite close to the Swiss border.  This year Eltje has competed in twoRead more…

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Tips to Improve Your Running – PART 3 What to Eat and Drink and When to Do So – July 31, 2019

Hydration – leading into any run, especially on the day of the event, it is important that you go into the run well-hydrated. And throughout the run, make sure you use the water-stations to re-hydrate. Nutrition Before A Run– it’s important that you plan the timing of your meals to ensure each meal can be digested prior to your run and won’t affect your ability to run. And don’t eat or drink anything new before or during a race. Stick to what you know works best for you. If you have a light, high-carb meal, you can probably run 90 minutes after you eat. However if you have a heavier, larger meal that’s high in protein and fat, it generally takesRead more…

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