Hundreds raise money for research in Wodonga Mother's Day Classic

FIVE kilometres isn't a huge distance in an age of half-marathon fun runs, but Sunday's Mother's Day Classic was symbolic of the extra mile mums and grandmothers go every day. 

More than 600 people hit the course on Sunday morning, raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and awareness.

Though the region was saturated late last week, the sun brought some warmer weather to Sumsion Gardens and was a welcome start to a special day for mums around the world.

For Melissa Booth and her children Seth and Imogen, it was their first time taking part in the Classic.

Mrs Booth said the event offered a good time to reflect on lessons her own mother had taught her, as well as spend some quality time with the kids.

“My mum was the rock of our family – she's the one where if anything goes wrong, she's the one to help us out,” she said.

“She keeps us all together and that's what is truly important.

“She would always reiterate to us that family is important, that you should always look after them no matter what, always be there for them.

“That's what I try and instil in my kids, that you always need your mum.”

Di O’Connell, who ran the course with her daughter Macy, said it was important to cherish time spent with mothers while you can.

“They're not going to be here forever, so you have to love every minute,” she said.

“I say to my kids that their grandparents won't always be around – I didn't have grandparents, so I remind my kids that their grandparents would do anything for them, and you have to love every day you have with them because you don’t know when it's going to end.

“It's been a beautiful day, I would have run in the rain anyway, today was a good, special day.”

Organiser Glenn Mackinnon from Wodonga Rotary said the turnout compared favourable to previous years, which had been held back by poor weather. 

“There's a lot of folks here, young kids right through to grandparents and they’ve been able to have a walk and raise money for an important cause,” he said.

“One in eight women are touched by breast cancer, so it's important to support the fight against it.”