This reception was hosted by Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes (who hails from Solomon Islands and is the 4th charming lady Mayor we have had the good fotune to meet on this Peace Run since Brisbane) ...
Councilor Declan Clausen was also representing the City Council.
The Peace Run Torch-Bearer award was presented to Shirley Chapman for her humanitarian work through the “Wrap with Love” scheme.
The reception was held outside Council chambers among pretty flower beds, however the pouring rain tended to put a damper on the proceedings.
NBN News' Renee Fedder was not put off by the rain.
Most preferred to hold the Peace Torch under some shelter – like Kerrie Chapman.
The girls team then repaired to a cafe to warm up before 11km of running on the way to Swansea ...
The day cleared and sun shone for much of the afternoon.