ON THE RUN: Bernie Lawson, Nigel Wildey, Nigel Warrington, Mark Booth and Jayd McKenzie are all looking forward to this year's Botanic to Bridge.
ON THE RUN: Bernie Lawson, Nigel Wildey, Nigel Warrington, Mark Booth and Jayd McKenzie are all looking forward to this year's Botanic to Bridge. Mike Richards GLA160818BOTB

B2B Stepping up record numbers set for community fun run

FUN RUN: They might look 'Pretty in Pink' but don't underestimate NRG in this year's Botanic to Bridge.

NRG has one of the largest teams in the event.

It will have 77 runners, 17 registered in the 8km event and 60 in the 3km.

The oldest competitor is age 63 and the youngest just one.

NRG analyst Mark Booth has already finished six B2B and is gearing up for number seven with his family.

"It's one of the greatest community events of the year for some fun and fitness," he said.

"My wife is away for the weekend so I'll be walking with my daughter and grandchildren."

Acting general manager Nigel Warrington said the event was a top way for the community to come together.

"It's a great annual event and the community can all contribute towards the local charities," he said.

Nigel Wildey has an unusual claim for the fun run.

"My son Charlie who is one will be the youngest NRG participant and my other son Jonty (two) will be going in it as well," he said.

Jayd McKenzie was looking forward to the family aspect of the day.

"I do it with my wife Carali and daughters, Trinity and Saskia," he said.

"It's good to get the family together and do the fun run."

Nominations may have closed but interest in the 2018 Botanic to Bridge is heating up with possible jostling for who will come away as this year's winner.

Last year's winner for the Open Men's 3km category was Jack Curran with a time of 9:42 minutes.

The Open Men's 8km was Louis Mcafee with a time of 24:46.

For last year's Open Women's 3km category, the winner was Rebecca Devine with a time of 13:32 and the Open Women's 8km was Chloe Turner with a time of 32:28.

Regardless of whatever the fastest time is run, walked, pushed or crawled, the real winner on the day will be the Gladstone PCYC's YOUth Space drop-in lounge.

It has been nominated as the major community beneficiary for all funds raised on the day.

There will be a free shuttle bus available from the CQUniversity Marina Campus.

It will run to the 8km and 3km race starting points before and after the races.

The 8km event will start at 7.30am and the 3km at 9am.