81 years young and keen to run
AFTER ending the 5km Dairy Dash with a sprint, 81-year-old Rita Hungerford didn’t even look tired.
“I started running for a bit in the Mother’s Day Fun Run and one of the cops said to me, ‘No heart attacks today please Rita’,” Mrs Hungerford quipped.
“But I don’t care if I drop dead; walking and running is just what I love to do!”
Mrs Hungerford said she had done walkathons all her life and walked 3km a day.
“I hated school, but I always just wanted to go for the sport. Now my daughters tell me off when I run to get the phone, and I still mow my own lawn. It’s just what I like to do,” she said.
The addition to the Monto Dairy Festival itinerary drew about 45 competitors.
Jenine Horrocks took out the women’s event with a time of 23.09min followed by Bec Glasgow with 24.21min.
Richard Dugdale crossed with 22.50min and won the men’s section, while David Price claimed second place with 26min.
“It was a really good track, I especially liked the hill on Eddison St,” Mrs Horrocks said.
“I think it was a really good new event for the festival. It’s great to have a lifestyle activity included too.”
JUST DO IT: Rita Hungerford, at 81-years-old, still managed a sprint finish at the end of the 5km race.