It's a record - how our brave fun runners put Strathfield on the marathon map

Runnings set off for the 10km leg of the Cooks River Fun Run

Despite the wet weather which hit Sydney over the weekend, over 500 runners turned up to compete at Strathfield Council's fourth annual Cooks River Fun Run. 

Council have broken their record with 512 entrants at yesterday's event. 

Muddy conditions and heavy rain didn't deter runners achieving their personal best.

With over 450 runners registered fro the event, council anticipate the number of this year's event to be close to 500. 

Winner of the 10km male section was Blue Mountain's runner, Deak Zsober, with a time of 34 minutes and 68 seconds. 

Taking out the female 10km heat was Elise Baker with a time of 38 minutes and 58 seconds. 

Strathfield Council employee, Bronwyn Hagar came fourth in the 10km heat. 

This is the first year council has teamed up with Bowel Cancer Australia as well as opening the event up to kids with a 2km run. 

Mayor Gulian Vaccari, who competed in the 5km walk, said there was an excellent turn out despite the wet weather. 

"It's great to see so many runners show up to compete despite the torrential downpour," he said. 

"This community event is a great way to promote healthy living in the area."

This year, the male and female victors of the 10km event will each receive a $150 gift voucher for Northside Runners, and the male and female winner of the 5km event will each receive a $100 voucher for the Athletes Foot Burwood.

Winners of each age category will receive a prize pack donated by event sponsor Anytime Fitness North Strathfield. A lucky draw prize for all participants will take place at the event.

President of the Woodstock Runners, Martin Amy said the Cooks River Fun Run is one of the best fitness community events.  

“It’s great to have a fun run right on our doorstop and be involved in an event in the local community. The flat course offers a perfect opportunity to run a PB and prepare for the big races coming up in July and August. We have several members who have entered and are looking forward to the run this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Strathfield received a drenching 55 mm of rain with more expected in the coming days. The SES is on alert for high winds and flooding. 

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