JULIE Peadon has arrived home in Bombala “sore” but “amazed” after completing the 14-kilometre City2Surf fun run in Sydney at the weekend.
Sore – because the 56-year-old completed the grueling run from Sydney’s CBD to Bondi in a personal best of 1:33:12, eight minutes better than her previous best time.
“I’m getting faster as I get older,” Mrs Peadon said on Monday.
She is also amazed by the staggering $1635.87 she has raised for her chosen charity, Soldier On, which supports members of Australia’s Defence Force.
Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their
support for physically and psychologically wounded personnel.
The charity, which is independent of government, aims to give those who have served Australia the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose.
“It’s amazing that I have been able to raise this amount of money in such a relatively small place as Bombala,” Mrs Peadon said.
Mrs Peadon – who is the daughter of a World War I veteran and has a family member currently serving in the Defence Force – said competing in the 2014 City2Surf was spectacular, with its mix of serious runners and colourful characters, including Hare Krishna members and gorillas among the 80,000-plus competitors.
She ran with her brother Don Beileiter, who beat her by five seconds.
“Consequently he remains the family champ for yet another year,” Mrs Peadon said.
“I will have to do more hill training for next year, Heartbreak Hill was a challenge.”
People who missed out on sponsoring Mrs Peadon before the run can still contribute to this most worthy cause.
Visit Mrs Peadon’s supporter’s page at https://city2surf2014 .everydayhero.com/au/julie-16 on the City2Surf website.
The website will remain open until October 30.