Colac Race Helpers win National Award


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Bill and Bev Sutcliffe, who have been two of the mainstays behind the revival of the Cliff Young Australian 6-day race over the past five years were recent winners of the Australian Ultra Runners Association (AURA) Annual Bryan Smith Award.

The Award is for the AURA members who have made the biggest contribution to the sport over the preceding twelve months. It was deemed by the AURA committee that Bill as President and Bev as Secretary of the Colac Race Committee had made a tremendous contribution to the sport over the preceding twelve months by helping to ensure the continuance of the Six-day race and helping to mak eit such a tremendous success in 2005. Bill Sutcliffe paid tribute to all the helpers who had worked with the race over the last five years and said that it was everyone's contribution that helped to make the race a continued success.

The Award was named after champion Australian Ultra runner, Bryan Smith who tragically lost his life on the Trans Australia Race over four years ago and was a previous winner of the Colac 6-day race. Bryan Smith was one of the sport's champions in the way that he carried himself on and off the track.

The Cliff Young Australian 6-day race is on again this year from the 20th to 26th Nov 2006. The race will be starting on a Monday this year and finishing on the Sunday. It will also be holding the AURA Australian 6-day Championship for the third year in a row. Organisers are confident of building on the success of last year's race when Yiannis Kouros smashed his existing World records. Entries are already starting to come in from around Australia and overseas. For further enquiries go to or email Phil Essam on

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