One of the region’s most loved running events, the Athlete’s Foot Fernleigh 15 will host its 10th birthday event later this month.
The iconic 15km run/walk event, stretching from Adamstown to Belmont along the scenic Fernleigh Track, has become a cherished tradition in the local and state running calendar, known for its unique staging and course configuration.
Founded in 2012 by local Rio Olympic Marathon runner Scott Westcott and sports event organizer Paul Humphreys, this event is expected to draw nearly a record number of local and visiting runners.
“Entries are up 30% on the same time last year and we are expecting almost 1000 runners to start the event,” Paul Humphreys said.
The success of this event is not only attributed to the participants but also to the support of the vibrant running community in the Hunter Region. Clubs like Newcastle Runners, 530 Runners, Night Striders, and Charlestown Rotary Club play a crucial role in making the event possible.
“We could not sage the event without the help of both sporting and service clubs
such as Newcastle Runners, 530 Runners, Night Striders and Charlestown Rotary Club.”
This year’s Fernleigh 15 will also introduce a new addition, the Fernleigh 1500. This amended out-and-back junior race covers a distance of 1500m and is designed to encourage children to embrace the joy of running. The race will take place at the end of the main event and is expected to attract over 2,000 spectators.