by Damian Farrell
Last Friday the Fastest Runner in Clifford Street annual event combined its low brow piece of community entertainment with the very vibrant and friendly Shara Community Gardens Christmas party.
Around sixty kids and neighbours gathered to enjoy each other’s company and await Santa’s arrival with his vegan lollie bags.
Then it was time to bluetooth the Chariots of Fire soundtrack and get ready for the annual Fastest Runner in Clifford Street race.
Many of the stalwart winners from previous years were unavailable owing to work or recreational commitments.
This opened the field for some fresh faces.
Ryo Matsumato (nine years old ) was fastest boy, while Penny Russell (age four) was the fastest girl.
Jack Aisbett took out the fastest man award and Rebecca (Bec) McNaught has the fastest woman trophy on her shelf.
Penny, accompanied by mum Kathryn, said that after last year she dreamed all year that she was going to win, and pysched up seriously for two weeks prior. Penny’s dream came true and the next thing she wanted was ‘hot chocolate’.
Bec McNaught was thrilled to win her first ever sporting trophy and commented that it is never too late to give things a crack.