Marathon tests lifesavers

Members of the Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club set off at the start of the annual Ted Scott Marathon, which ended when Santa (pictured below) was rowed to shore. Pictures: Ashleigh Traill
Members of the Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club set off at the start of the annual Ted Scott Marathon, which ended when Santa (pictured below) was rowed to shore. Pictures: Ashleigh Traill

Competition director Sandy Clarke said life member Ted Scott created the marathon in 1969 to challenge lifesavers’ endurance skills by having them swim and run from one end of the beach to the other.

She said it was open to senior and junior competitors and was about participation.

‘There were various lengths of the course to cater for all club age groups,’ she said.

‘Several hundred of our members ran, swam and cheered in the most perfect conditions Mullaloo had to offer.

‘Finishing up the event was a visit from the big man in red, rowed to shore to the delight of eager nippers who followed Santa to his shaded sun chair in true Australian fashion.’

Last year’s winner Ben Jones (under-17) won the senior competition in 55 minutes.

Sienna Lipscombe (under-15) was the first female to cross the finish line in just over an hour.