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Champions: Johnny Barber and Karen Street claimed the open men’s and women’s long runner club champion titles respectively.
Growth in junior ranks highlight of club season

The highlight of the Geraldton Harriers Club season had to be the number of junior members who signed up.

Numbers swelled from 23 members to 56.

A two kilometre junior course was also introduced at the club.

This has seen whole families become involved in organisation, which provides walking and running events in and around Geraldton.

Junior co-coordinator Lynette Greenlees helped the club secure $1250 worth of grants from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The money was put towards safety vests and water bottles for the children to use on courses.

Triumphs were also celebrated at the club’s windup breakfast held last Sunday.

Johnny Barber celebrated his third victory in Geraldton’s gruelling five kilometre coastal run.

Barber and Karen Street were both crowned “open club champions” in the club’s running event held last Sunday.

Both runners have won club championship races in the past.

Barber won the 2002 and 2003 race and Street also took out the women’s champs in 2002.

Maureen Taylor was a standout again this season, winning three of the four championship races in quick time.

Taylor easily defended the women’s long walk championship title she claimed last year.

Bruce Kenny took out the men’s long walk championship.

Todd Gray was acknowledged for all the hours he put into volunteering throughout the season and was awarded Best Club Person for 2012.

The final event for the season will be the Sunshine Festival fun run on front beach on October 7.

Registrations at 8.30am for a 9am start. Go to www.geraldtonharriers.com.

SARAH CODDINGTON