Keeping fit by walking 5km, three times a week is a much looked forward to activity for Cheryl and Bob Taylor so when the opportunity to join the Gold Coast Running Festival in April came up, the couple were quick to raise their hands.
“We have always loved to walk and keep fit and have participated in a number of events including the Gold Coast Marathon, which we have done at least six times,” said Cheryl, a retired dancing teacher.
Bob worked for many years on their dairy farm near Bega, NSW, where they also ran a transport business before the couple moved to Queensland.
They lived on the Gold Coast before moving to Bundaberg and then Beachmere, near Bribie Island but now the couple are heading back to the Gold Coast where they have put a deposit on a home at GemLife Gold Coast.
At every location, walking has been an important and regular activity.
“We are both early risers and by 5am I’m usually at the gym while Bob’s in the swimming pool. When on the Gold Coast we loved walking along the waterfront,” said Cheryl.
“One of the great things about entering events such as the Gold Coast Running Festival at the Cbus Stadium in Robina is being surrounded by friends and others who enjoy taking part as much as we do. Training for each event is great too.”
“We will be competing this year with our friend George who has also purchased a home at Gemlife Gold Coast and will be living only a few streets away from us.”
Now in their 70s, Bob and Cheryl have entered the 2.5km walking category but the event also offers everything from a 1km, 5km and 10km fun run/walk to the full 21.1km half marathon.
“We have both enjoyed activities such as walking, dancing, football and surfing over the years and despite moving away for a while, we always seem to end up back on the Gold Coast where we have lots of friends and family,” said Cheryl.
The Taylors look forward to moving into their new home at GemLife Gold Coast and enjoying the coast’s world-famous lifestyle once again.