Sunshine Beach Run Celebrity Beach Sprint City Beach to host run for charity


Beach sprinter Gabby Murphy says the elimination-style
format will be challenging.
Picture: Martin Kennealey           d465147
Beach sprinter Gabby Murphy says the elimination-style format will be challenging. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d465147

CHAMPION beach sprinter Gabby Murphy will be one of eight WA ‘celebrities’ taking to the sand at City Beach on Sunday to compete in the Sunshine Beach Run Celebrity Beach Sprint.

Fighting it out for the Chris Perkins Trophy, the eight-round event will have the last competitor in each sprint eliminated until there is a winner.

Murphy, of Scarborough, said she was not going into the race too confident.

“I think my beach background will help, but doing elimination-style competition for a sprint will be challenging,” she said.

City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club captain, Ms Murphy said she was thrilled to support such a good cause.

“The charity is Red Nose (formally SIDS and Kids) so it’s very worthwhile,” she said.

“I am also looking forward to helping promote my surf club; as a not-for-profit organisation we are always looking for new members.”

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West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkins founded the Sunshine Beach Run in 2012 after the tragic loss of his son Jake, who was stillborn, and wife Cindy in 2009.

“The sprint event was introduced last year and was a really fun addition to the day,” he said.

“There are some guys and girls in the mix who are also particularly good on the sand, so it is tough to pick a favourite.”

Ms Murphy will line up against former world champion triathlete Peter Robertson, WA sprinter Brenton Mizen, North Beach Football Club’s fastest sprinter Nick Reid and Bank of Queensland state manager Dennis Teal as well as mascots Rupert The Pamphleteers Mascot and Sid the Red Nose.

Money raised from the run helps Red Nose continue its research and education into miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS, as well as fund comprehensive counselling service for WA families grieving the loss of a child.

To enter, visit sunshine beachrun.com.au before February 18.