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Wallaby great Tim Horan gets behind the City2Surf

Tim Horan warms up for his sideline duties. Photo: Robert ShakespeareHis running days are behind him thanks to a knee injury sustained during his rugby career but former Wallaby Tim Horan is not letting that stop him from taking part in the City2Surf next month.
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The sporting great will be standing on the sidelines of the challenging but scenic 14-kilometre course, motivating the runners before presenting the trophy at the finish line.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the serious runners and the not-so-serious runners and all those people who are running to raise money for a good cause,” he said.

Almost $2 million has been raised so far for this year’s Sun-Herald City2Surf, presented by Westpac, to be held on August 9.

The national head of Westpac’s sport and entertainment division, Horan will join about 1000 of the bank’s staff members at the iconic event.

The City2Surf is one of the bank’s major fundraisers for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, which it has supported for more than four decades.

“No one has ever paid to be rescued by a Westpac chopper but obviously they cost a bit to keep in the air so that’s why fundraising is so important,” he said.

It’s become a tradition among Westpac staff to see who can generate the most funds for the service, which carries out about 1000 missions in NSW each year.

“They go out and train in groups; they form teams to raise money. They get pretty competitive. There’s always a bit of competition to see who can raise the most money for the Westpac choppers,” Horan said.

The bank encourages staff to stay healthy through a range of programs, including wellness centres providing physiotherapy, Pilates, massage, podiatry and nutrition advice.

While Horan’s injury might preclude running, he’s taken up swimming and racing paddle skis to maintain his fitness and always tries to fit exercise into his work schedule.

“If you sit in an office behind a computer screen for 48 weeks of the year, you have to find different ways to keep yourself mentally fit,” he said.

“You don’t have to go for a run. Even going outside for a walk has benefits.”

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