Runners marathon to raise funds

Lara Conaghan and Aaron Broderick (middle) and their families held a fundraiser Blackwater North State School.
Lara Conaghan and Aaron Broderick (middle) and their families held a fundraiser Blackwater North State School.

BLACKWATER locals Lara Conaghan and Aaron Broderick are to run the Gold Coast Half Marathon on July 1, a 21km feat which has seen them both train hard and raise more than $5000 for Variety.

"I've always wanted to do it, it's on the bucket list and Aaron was the same," Lara said.

"Variety is something very close to my heart, so we thought why not? It was a fitness goal as well - we thought what a great way to combine the two together."

Lara said although they had not been doing their training together, they spurred each other along.

"One of us will do a run, and then compare our time. His dedication has been amazing - getting up at 4.30am to fit his runs in because he works night shift," Lara said.

"We both couldn't have done it without our partners, friends and the community."

Lara said the donations were what kept them going.

"When I'm exhausted at 16km, I think about the generosity and what it's going to help. It pushes me along," she said.

To donate to the cause and to see their progress, visit

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