Run Ballarat re-routed after wet start to spring

A sodden start to spring could have augured badly for Ballarat’s biggest community event Run Ballarat had not a high school stepped in.

The run will now start at Ballarat High School after a record spring deluge left North Gardens Reserve distinctly wet under foot.

Run, Ballarat, Run: A few of the younger competitors in last year's Run Ballarat, which raised $889,404 for children's health. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Run, Ballarat, Run: A few of the younger competitors in last year's Run Ballarat, which raised $889,404 for children's health. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Sodden earth: Run Ballarat will now start at Ballarat High School. North Gardens Reserve is one of many recreational grounds affected by the record spring rainfall in Ballarat. Picture: Kate Healy.

Sodden earth: Run Ballarat will now start at Ballarat High School. North Gardens Reserve is one of many recreational grounds affected by the record spring rainfall in Ballarat. Picture: Kate Healy.

Run Ballarat organisers said changes to the route would be minor, and are currently being finalised with Ballarat City Council.

Under water: Heavy rains around Lake Wendouree have shifted the starting point for Run Ballarat following record spring rains. Picture: Kate Healy.

Under water: Heavy rains around Lake Wendouree have shifted the starting point for Run Ballarat following record spring rains. Picture: Kate Healy.

Ballarat High School will field over 100 entrants for the run, including students in its specialist sports program, and hopes to register a further 50 members of the school community.

There are currently 3353 participants registered for the run, which last year raised $889,404 for children’s health.

All proceeds this year will go towards the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital’s children’s ward.

The run has previously started at City Oval, which itself was under water last month, contributing to the delay of the cricket season in Ballarat.

Run Ballarat is on Sunday, October 23. For more information or to register visit www.runaustralia.com.au.

Big wet: City Oval, which has been the start of previous Run Ballarat events, underwater last month. Picture: Skyline Drone Imaging.

Big wet: City Oval, which has been the start of previous Run Ballarat events, underwater last month. Picture: Skyline Drone Imaging.