Early on a beautiful and sunny morning in July, more than 3,700 runners participated in the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10K run. The race attracted people running for a variety of reasons, including training for marathons, running to lose weight or to raise funds for charity.
James Robson ran the race as a preparation exercise for the Sydney Marathon, but also to raise money for cancer research, to support his dad. Originally from Yorkshire, England, James has been living in Sydney since November 2010.
James’ father was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2011 during a visit to Sydney. The long flight from the UK brought out symptoms of the tumour that led to a diagnosis.
After undergoing surgery in Sydney, James’ father returned to the UK where he underwent further treatments including radiotherapy, and is now preparing for chemotherapy. Being 12,000 miles from home, James feels that fundraising is the best way that he can help contribute to his Dad’s recovery.
Having seen firsthand the benefit of life saving research into cancer treatments, James is raising money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Having raised $4,823 so far, James is well on track to reach his goal of raising $7,500 by the end of the Sydney Marathon. The ACRF raises money to give cancer research grants and has awarded $86 million since its foundation in 1984.
The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10K run allowed James to smash his goal time of 40 minutes (4 min/km) and complete the track in 37 minutes and 57 seconds, finishing the 91st fastest male and 104th overall.
This race was James’ first goal oriented run and for running the Sydney Marathon in September, he has a full training schedule involving taking part in other fun runs including the Sydney City 2 Surf, the Roseville Chase 10k run and the Perth Half Marathon. For training, James runs 30/40km a week consisting of a mix of various routes through the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
The flatness of the Sydney Harbour course created many fast personal bests and the spectacular scenery was a beautiful distraction for runners. The 10K course followed a loop taking in the sights of The Rocks, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and finished up in picturesque Circular Quay.
On the day Liam Adams was the fastest male, coming in ahead of Thomas Do Canto and Gemechu Woyecha, with an impressive time of 29:43. In the women’s race, Olympian Lisa Weightman crossed the finish line in first place with a blitzing personal best time of 32:13. Emily Brichacek and Victoria Mitchell came in behind for 2nd and 3rd.
Winner Liam Adams ran the 10K as part of training for a marathon and said he was thrilled to win against a talented field of runners. The race was a great fundraising event, with a staggering total of $20,706.50 being raised by runners on behalf of selected charities.
Real Insurance is immensely proud to be part of an event that inspires people to achieve amazing things and has been continuously inspired by the motivations of the participants who took part in the Sydney Harbour 10K run.