City to Surf: Rayne Bryant’s romantic running notion

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Glen QuartermainThe West Australian
Rayne Bryant.
Camera IconRayne Bryant.

There’s not much room to move in Rayne Bryant’s world.

From being Mum to three kids, running a fashion and lifestyle blog, starting a new business and moving house, 36-year-old Bryant can add an ambassadorial role at Chevron City to Surf for Activ.

And there’s the small matter of running the City to Surf half marathon on Sunday, August 25.

She settled on the 21km event after realising she needed extra motivation.

“I know if I committed to the 12km event I would have done the bare minimum training because I know I can naturally run ... so I am challenging myself,” she said.

Bryant, right, has a “romance” with the City to Surf, having run with her dad, former East Perth and North Melbourne footballer Kevin Bryant, in her mid-teens.

“Then at about 17 I said, ‘See you later Dad, I have a party on Saturday night, I’m gonna get home at 3am and get up with my girlfriends at 6.30am and run the 12km’,” she said.

“Oh to be young again.”

There will be no pre-race party this year, given the distance she is running and her parental responsibilities with children, Van, six, Lux, eight, and Autumn, nine. “I have great memories of running the City to Surf, the hills ... going up Oceanic Drive, it is quite a romantic notion for me,” she said.

“I really love the event, I love anything that keeps people fit and healthy and having goals in mind.

“It’s one of Perth’s most iconic runs. It’s such a beautiful, stunning run and it’s been going on as far back as I can remember.

“We are supporting a very, very good charity in Activ that is doing a lot for WA and the WA community.”

Bryant has had to learn to juggle — when time permits, there is running her blog and she’ll be starting a new business venture soon — along with three training sessions a week for the half marathon.

Meanwhile, Chevron will have this year’s biggest City to Surf team.

“We expect more than 1000 Chevron employees and their families will join Team Chevron helping to raise funds for some worthwhile Western Australian charities including Activ,” said Chevron general manager of finance Jake Spiering, who will again run the 12km event in Perth on August 25 and take part in Karratha’s regional event next Sunday. He is currently the top individual fundraiser with more than $6000.

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