Running in the City2Surf every year has provided me with the opportunity to continue Dainere’s legacy in a unique way. In 2013 before her passing, Dainere and I discussed how I could raise money through participating in something I loved to do – running, cementing the City2Surf that same year as the event to do just this. Fast forward to 2022, I competed in my ninth City2Surf, running to raise awareness and money every year (only missing the second virtual City 2 Surf year in 2021) in memory of my little sister, Dainere.
Less than one month before City2Surf, I raced in a 10km race, aiming to only give around 80/85% of my maximum race effort – not wanting to overexert myself before the City2Surf race. Not only did I successfully run the 10km race in this fashion, but I also ran an unintentional personal best time of 34:32. Running this was an additional positive boost which reverberated inside my head at the start line in Sydney for the City2Surf. Needless to say, the City2Surf race was run in yet another personal best time, the gruelling 14km’s in Sydney where I could now claim to be one of the runners who could break the 50 minute barrier, clocking in a 49:51.
Despite the ecstatic cloud on which I am currently still floating on for both these personal best times, I am sincerely and incredibly proud to have raised over $5125.87 for Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund. The main reason I run in the worlds largest fun run each year is to honour my sister, raising both awareness and funds, continuing her legacy to work towards finding a cure for paediatric brain tumours. Thank you to every single person who donated or shared my fundraising page – through your support, you are helping pave the way for a better future so that no child will have to suffer as Dainere did.
Mark and Nicole’s Story
City2Surf 2022 marked the fourth City2Surf run for Mark and third for Nicole as part of the Dainere’s Rainbow team. Together they raised just over $1,495.35, which goes towards paediatric brain tumour research.
This is the first in person City2Surf since 2019 and Sydney really turned on the weather for us. This was welcomed after the cold wet days in Canberra.
We lined up at the start at a good time so we weren’t there too long and not too far from the start line. From when our group started it took a few minutes to clear those in front of us to allow us to reach the start line and from there start running down towards Kings Cross and then up into the tunnel for the first of many inclines. It wasn’t long and we were running along by the water with the water glistening in the sunshine.
The famous Heartbreak Hill marks the halfway point but does reward everyone with amazing views towards the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. From this point there are still plenty of inclines and the odd downhill for some reprieve.
A couple of kilometres out from the finish we were rewarded with the long steady downhill into Bondi. There is one particular bend where you get the whole view of Bondi Beach and the finish but it’s still 1 kilometre to go. Have to keep moving. The run into Bondi is full of spectators on the fences cheering everyone on which makes you feel pretty special and gives the extra motivation needed.
Thankfully after the final corner it’s a short sprint to the finish line and the reward of completion and of course the medal for bling!
Despite participants being down on previous years there were plenty of people throughout the whole course and lots spectating to cheer everyone on. The various entertainment along the 14km course was a welcome distraction from the niggles and muscle fatigue.
We were welcomed at the finish line by volunteers from Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation who escorted us to the marquee where we were welcomed with cheers from staff at SCHF and the smiling faces of Yvonne, Stephen and Jarrett.
It is an honour to run with Jarrett in memory of Dainere and do our little bit fundraising to support her vision.
We would encourage others to get involved in 2023 whether you want to run, jog or walk the 14km from Sydney City to the Surf of Bondi Beach. By raising at least $250 you will then get the VIP treatment at the marquee and know you have helped in a great cause.