Walk a family affair

Donna Hunt competes in the virtual Mother''s Day Classic. (supplied)

By Justin Flynn

Four generations of the same family competed in the Mother’s Day Classic recently.

The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual run/walk event aimed at raising money for breast cancer, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants this year were restricted to groups of no more than two.

One local family was able to participate with four generations.

Geoff, 83, and Bev Soulsby, 80, and daughters Kym Russell, 58, and Paula Simpson, 53, took part in the four-kilometre walk.

The virtual run was done by Donna Hunt, 56, and her daughter Marissa Munday, 37, and her children Olivia, 7, and Sam, 4.

Geoff, Bev and Paula walked locally at the beach in Ocean Grove, Donna ran in Ocean Grove, Kym walked in Buninyong and Marissa, Olivia and Sam ran in Armstrong Creek.

“It gave us all something to look forward to,” Donna said.

“Dad (Geoff) really enjoyed doing his first Mother’s Day Classic. He waited at the finish line for us last year when mum (Bev) did her first Mother’s Day Classic in Geelong.”

Youngsters Olivia and Sam love fun runs, and particularly enjoy dressing up for the occasion.

“With everything that is going on in the world, the best thing you can do for yourself is keep exercising,” Donna said.

“We all loved getting out and exercising on Mother’s Day and we followed up with a group meeting on nessenger, which included my other sister (Joann) in Broome all wearing pink.”


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