Harpley’s Anne Cross set to run the New York Marathon

Anne Cross


Australian Olympian, and Harpley Senior Sales Consultant Anne Cross, is heading to America to compete in the grueling 42km New York Marathon on 6 November 2016.

Anne, a local Werribee resident, has been training for the marathon since May, overcoming a broken rib earlier in the year and running 15km religiously twice weekly plus a demanding 38km after work.

For the past six months Anne has been pounding the pavement around Werribee, the community she loves and has called home for over 30 years.

“I live conveniently near Harpley and I love it. It’s so easy to get around and everything I need is close by. I will eventually live in Harpley, in a home I built and my son currently lives in,” Anne said. 

A former 5,000 metre distance runner, Anne competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games but, surprisingly, has never competed in a marathon.

“Running a marathon has always been on my bucket list and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.  I’ve never been to New York either, so this trip enables me to cross two things off my bucket list at once!”

Anne is no stranger to the mental toughness required for this type of race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago and has fortunately made a full recovery. Anne believes, “If you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything”.

Her approach to running the marathon is similar to her approach when working at Harpley,

“When you believe in something it’s easy to sell, I believe turning the dream into reality,” Anne said.

Part of the global Lendlease team participating in New York, Anne will join other Lendlease employees from Australia and all over the world. Also representing the Lendlease Victorian team is Kurt Freeburn, Development Manager for Harpley and Lauren Farr from the finance team.

The Lendlease team is running in support of the charity “Team for Kids”, a group of adult runners who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners Youth Programs. These programs combat childhood obesity and empower youth development via running and character-building programs across the country.

Anne’s goal is to complete the New York Marathon in under four hours in front of over a million spectators.