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I have been fortunate this year to line up for most of my favourite Australian races & fun runs; quite a feat given that my list of favourites is rather lengthy.

Writing this prompted me to nut out what aspects of an event I value and what it is that draws me back to a particular race. It is an exercise that I would recommend as it reinforces the elements of running that give you satisfaction and will no doubt help when you sit down to plan your race schedule and goals for the New Year.

Before thinking about why I like certain races, I wrote a list of the top favourites that came to mind… Adelaide’s City-Bay Fun Run (fresh in memory and also in my calf muscles from last weekend), The B&E Tasmanian 10km road race Series, Asics Gold Coast Half Marathon, Zatopek Classic, City2Surf, Asics Noosa Bolt, Melbourne Half Marathon and National Cross-Country. Delving a little deeper, I established what it was about these races that made them spring to mind.

City-Bay Fun Run:

As a South Australian born and bred runner, I still recall scanning through the results pages of the Sunday Mail as a young schoolgirl, searching for familiar names. At the time I enjoyed 800m ‘long distance’ track races and cross country running -the 12km City to Bay run down the Anzac Highway was a challenge I h

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