Running group cleans up

VOLUNTEERS for Responsible Runners have been running at The Spit every Wednesday afternoon since last year and thanks to recent support from Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc. and Healthy Waterways, they’ll be running at Mermaid Beach and Burleigh as of next week.

Local ambassadors Lauren Hodge, Ella Horton, Ryan Adams and Naomi Edwards are joining forces to lead more groups to raise awareness about beach litter and marine debris issues along one of Australia’s most priced stretches of sand.
“You don’t have to run. You can crawl, hop, skip or jump while picking up beach litter and marine debris”, said Ryan Adams, a local ambassador for the national Responsible Runners initiative.

“We provide all equipment at the clean ups, which is also a great way to meet people and talk about how we can all keep our beaches clean”.


Justin Bonsey, Founder of Responsible Runners, said how important it was to not only have a clean beach, however a healthy community too.

“Responsible Runners is about cleaning up beaches while getting fit, which as a result increases beach and community health. We can make a difference by cleaning up beaches with 30minute beach running and walking clean up sessions, which are now happening around Australia every week.”

Everyone who loves Gold Coast’s beaches is encouraged to join. For more information please visit

Responsible Runners Gold Coast meet at:

Mermaid Beach (opp. Mermaid Beach SLSC): every Tuesday 5:30pm – 6:00pm
The Spit (near the VMR tower): every Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Burleigh Beach (central viewing platform): every Thursday 5:30pm – 6:00pm