May 24, 2021

Records broken on Great Ocean Road

GORRF director Brad King confirmed almost 9,000 runners, along with their friends and family, travelled from across the country to the Great Ocean Road over the weekend to take part in two days of record-breaking events.

“After a challenging 2020, we are thrilled to have delivered a successful event for the Great Ocean Road community,” he said.

“We would like to thank our event and charity partners, volunteers, supporters and every participant who helped make this year a success.”

Along with large crowds, the weekend of running concluded with two new race records as competitors failed to disappoint.

Six-time champion Natasha Fraser was crowned the winner of the women’s Science in Sport ultra-marathon, while Matthew Whitaker broke the race record completing the 60km run in just under four hours.

Olympic gold medallist and GORRF ambassador Steve Moneghetti, 58, took out seventh place in Saturday’s 14km Paradise run, while winners Cali Thackery and new record holder Andre Waring backed up their performances by placing second in the Science in Sport half marathon on the following day.

This year participants raised money for Breast Cancer Trials, Dementia Australia, Lifeline Australia and Beyond Blue, while for the eighth year, official charity partner Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation raised money for better health services across the region.

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