For the month of November, Brookvale’s Women’s Premier League team is participating in the Run Before The Sun challenge. This event raises money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, helping them find answers to some of the world’s deadliest diseases. The players have set themselves the task of running three kilometres every day in November, at either dusk or dawn.
Sofia Guerin explained that this challenge is helping the team stay active between seasons.
“One of the players in the team (Elissa Ford) came across it, she sent it to me and she sent it to Michael (Cimino, the coach). She basically said ‘why not give this a go, do something in the offseason?'”
This isn’t the first time that the Brookvale WPL team has been involved with either fundraising or distance running, as earlier in the year they took part in 86K For A Cure.
“It was raising money to find a cure for childhood cancer, and that was with the CCIA (Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia). The goal was that every player would run at least 86 kilometres throughout the month (of March), because 86 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every single month.”
Fitting three kilometres of daily running into their routines isn’t always easy, but the team are keen to meet their target.
“I know a lot of the players work pretty early, so a lot of them are running at dawn. A lot of us play futsal and summer soccer in the afternoon, it’s just trying to work our way around that and get the runs in.”
Click here to donate via the Brookvale WPL page on the Run Before The Sun website. MWFA wishes the team all the best with their fundraising.