Joggers to the rescue

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Runners Club provided Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue with a cheque for $10,000.
Camera IconBusselton Runners Club provided Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue with a cheque for $10,000. Credit: Picture: Jackson Lavell-Lee

The marine rescue group has already used the funding to buy a new Nissan Navara, which will be used as a quick-response vehicle, towing boats south of the cape to rescue distressed fishers near Canal Rocks.

Every year, the runners club chooses a charitable cause to offer financial help with a particular project.

The money was handed over at a barbecue on Sunday after club members had run 11km from the Abbey Boat Ramp to the NVMR headquarters in Quindalup.

The runners club meets every Wednesday at the King Street carpark near the Geographe Bay Yacht Club about 6pm to train for the half-marathon event, which will this year be on February 9.

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Busselton Runners Club president Dennis Price said the club was open to members with all types of fitness levels.

“I joined four years ago and couldn’t run to the letterbox, and now I can run a 50km race,” he said.

The Busselton Runners Club holds an event once a month, with the half-marathon its biggest of the year.

“Most of us just run to improve our fitness — we build up and up,” Price said.

NVMR vice-commander Paul Bresland said the donation was “huge”. “It came at the right time because our other vehicle was almost unroadworthy,” he said.

“It’s going to help the community.

“We’re going to be able to get to a lot more jobs quicker.

“We get a lot of people falling off the rocks when fishing and we need to get out there quick.”

The Busselton Runners Club has 50 members and the half-marathon event, which also has a 10km and 5km race for adults and children, is sold out.

City of Busselton Cr Ross Paine said he was looking forward to doing the half-marathon the day before competing in a team for the Busselton Jetty Swim.

“I look forward to challenging myself,” he said.

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