Alison O'Toole has long held a reputation as a formidable distance runner at City of Perth, mainly through her performances in the W.R. Somerford Marathon.
In 2005, the 2km Beach Run event was added to the Australian Championships program. In that first year, both Men's and Women's events were run at the same time, and Alison crossed the line 3rd overall and a clear winner of the Women's race.
In subsequent years the two events have been run separately, and so far Alison has been unchallenged over the distance, winning again in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 2007 win made Alison the first City member to win the same event at three consecutive Australian Championships, while the fourth win in 2008 put her in rare company nationally.
Alison's 2009 win was perhaps the most amazing of all, coming just a few weeks after the birth of her son Tighe.
In 2011, Alison won the event for the seventh consecutive year - the first person in Australian Surf Life Saving to win an individual Australian Championship seven times in a row.
2012 saw Alison extend her record with an eighth win.
Alison's dominance of the event in its short history leaves only one question unanswered: What would her record be if this event had been introduced ten years earlier?
2006, Kurrawa QLD
2007, Scarborough WA
2008, Scarborough WA
2009, Scarborough WA
2010, Kurrawa QLD
2011, Kurrawa QLD
2012, Kurrawa QLD
Open Women's Ski Relay
Open Women's 2km Beach Run
Open Women's Board Relay