17/04/2024

Painted rocks in memory of Addison Stewart for children to hide. (Picture: Everyday Lions Events)

Planned to be an elite drawcard, the postponed Giant Devonport Christmas Fun Run was beautifully overshadowed by the inaugural Addison Stewart Memorial Junior Mile.

Planned to be an elite drawcard, the postponed Giant Devonport Christmas Fun Run event was beautifully overshadowed by the inaugural Addison Stewart Memorial Junior Mile.

Sunday saw the running of the inaugural Giant Devonport Christmas Fun Run. Scheduled to be held on December 19, the event was promptly postponed following the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy. With the entire community of Devonport in mourning, event organisers decided a ‘fun run’ was not the right choice at the time.

An entrant in the 5km fun run, Addison Stewart, was tragically killed in the accident. It claimed not only Addison’s life, but that of five other children.

Fittingly, Everyday Lions Events co-owners Brian Lyons and Amie Bramich, respectfully contacted Addison’s parents, Nathan and Kylie. They proposed the renaming of the event to the Addison Stewart Memorial Junior Mile, the Stewarts graciously accepting the offer.

In further tribute to Addison, runners across all races donned her favourite colours. A sea of aqua, teal and blue spread throughout the course, a heart warming moment for the city, still recovering from the heart break. The response is sure to have made the mammoth effort of reorganisation worth it for the Everyday Lions Events team.

Children who entered in the event were also given teal rocks citing Addison’s name. The rocks were arranged by Lexie Stewart, Addison’s grandmother, for children to hide in all corners of the globe, ensuring Addison’s memory lives on for a long time to come.

The inaugural winners of the race were Darcy Carless for the boys and Mia Felhberg for the girls.

Junior runners lined up ready to go. (Picture: Everyday Lions Events)

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In the premier event of the day, the Oldaker Street Dental Elite Mile, Tasmanian 1500m champions James Hansen (4:08) and Abbie Butler (5:03) continued their dominance over the distance, taking home the wins.

Funny man of Tasmanian running, David Thomas, won the Frankie J’s 5km. Sporting his traditional attire of platted beard and tattoos, it was easy as always for onlookers to spot him out in the crowd.

David Thomas crosses the line to win the Frankie J’s 5km. (Picture: CharlieGirl Photography)

Legana runners Sam Ashlin and Rachel Kelb took out the Giant Devonport Mile, whilst Hudson Hyland-Wealands and Cody Burton proved too quick in the Bombshell Coffee Junior 800m.

Think Big Run the Bridge, held in Hobart on 27th February, is the next event on the Tasmanian running calendar. Starting at Blundstone Arena, the main event a testing 10km run, traverses the iconic Tasman Bridge before finishing in the heart of Salamanca’s wharf front. Other events include a 5km run, 5km walk and a 1km run/walk.

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