81 years young and keen to run

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

JUST DO IT: Rita Hunger­ford, at 81-years-old, still man­aged a sprint fin­ish at the end of the 5km race.

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