Fit and fabulous.
What do you do when you’ve just run 5 kilometres for the first time?
Go out for cake of course.
That’s how six fabulous mums from Kenmore Park Preschool and Kindy celebrated their success at the Brisbane Marathon Festival earlier this month.
To be fair, not all were novices.
Shona Bailey ran the half marathon, while Rhianon Dyce did the 10km, but Shimei Fan, Agnes Doherty, Fiona Billingsly and Kitty Kendall completed the 5 km event for the first time.
And all for a good cause, raising more than $2000 for the Kenmore Park Preschool and Kindergarten, on Mogill Rd at Kenmore.
The idea was the brainchild of Shona Bailey.
“I just thought it was a good way to get fit and raise some much needed money for the kindy,” she said.
“We are all feeling pretty good about ourselves – achy legs aside!”
Ms Bailey said training had been designed to incorporate the children, to ensure child care was no barrier.
“They joined in, shouted instructions, cheered us on and generally increased the fun factor,” she said.
“We used jogging pushchairs and, if the children were able, bikes and scooters.”
KPPK director Annie Kelly said the women were “truly inspiring”.
“We are so incredibly grateful to them for raising money for the Kindy and for encouraging each other to become fitter, healthier and stronger,” she said.
Ms Bailey said although the run was over, the group was continuing to train at the Greenhill Reservoir and other parents were encouraged to join.
“I am not sure whether it was just post-race endorphins speaking, but I am sure I heard the words ‘next time’ from some of the girls,” she said.