Mountains of Fun Run serves scenic views and demanding terrain

Fun Run: More than 350 dedicated runners turned out to the 10th annual Mountain of Fun Run, a picturesque and physically challenging fundraiser for St Brendan's Primary School at Dunnstown. Picture: Aaron Coulter

Fun Run: More than 350 dedicated runners turned out to the 10th annual Mountain of Fun Run, a picturesque and physically challenging fundraiser for St Brendan's Primary School at Dunnstown. Picture: Aaron Coulter

Perfect conditions prevailed for the 10th annual Mountain of Fun Run yesterday, with runners rising to the challenge of hilly terrain. 

More than 350 competitors laced up for the event, which is the only fundraiser for St Brendan’s Primary School, raising $10,000 annually.

Ballarat’s Tash Fraser won the women’s 12.5km competition for the sixth time, breaking her own race record by 25 seconds. 

Ballarat baker Nic van Raaphorst took out the men’s 12.5km title for the fifth time.

Mountain of Fun Run organising committee member Elle Dash said the entire Dunnstown community gets behind the event every year. 

“Most people who are there volunteering, their kids or grandkids have gone through the school.

“It’s got a good comumunity feel to it, and the kids love it.” 

Ms Dash said the event prides itself on being different to other local fun runs, with hills making it both scenic and difficult. 

“You see the exhilaration as they’re coming back down the mountain. It’s a good challenge.”