Colour run takes over Eidsvold

P&C fundraiser a novel, muddy blast for all ages

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR 16-year-old Eidsvold State School stu­dent Skye Pope, Satur­day’s colour fun run, or­gan­ised by the P&C, was some­thing she had never seen in Eidsvold.

“It was some­thing dif­fer­ent in Eidsvold for once,” Skye said.

“I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore.”

Skye said there were ob­sta­cles along the course.

“We started by run­ning up a hill, came down a bunch of stairs, walked over some ropes, jumped over hay bales and crawled un­der a net,” she said.

“We went through some thick string, swam through some ice wa­ter, up a hill of mud, down the hill of mud, ran up around the shed, went down a slide, pulled up a rope, down into a maze, jumped into dif­fer­ent pools of mud and jelly and fin­ished.

“And we got cov­ered in colour.”

Skye said her favourite parts of the course were the ice wa­ter and mud pools.

“It would be re­ally great to do it again,” she said.

“It would be good for Eidsvold for it to be once a year, as it’s some­thing to do.”

Event or­gan­iser and P&C vice pres­i­dent Trudie Roth said the event went well.

“I’m re­ally happy with the kids, with the crowd we had and ev­ery­one looks dirty, so that’s re­ally good,” Ms Roth said.

“The big­gest chal­lenges we had were or­der­ing what we needed and get­ting it out here to the bush, like the crazy strings,” she said.

“The farm­ers around here have been ter­rific as they’ve all do­nated hay of some sort and the lo­cal busi­nesses have come in and ploughed up the holes for us, the mud pits and have done an ex­cel­lent job.

“The gen­eral com­mu­nity in and out­side of Eidsvold has been fan­tas­tic.”

Ms Roth said she started to plan the event, which raised funds for play­ground equip­ment at the school, six weeks ago.

“It’s taken six weeks, the whole of last week solid, ev­ery night we were here with par­ents ga­lore,” she said.

“The par­ents vol­un­teered from one end to the other.

“We’ve had peo­ple come from out of town and stay for the week to help out and a bril­liant range of kids help­ing out as well.”

Ms Roth said she could not have or­gan­ised the event in such a short time if it were not for Face­book.

“We started up a Face­book page and kept adding peo­ple who showed in­ter­est,” she said.

“We put when we had a work­ing bee and peo­ple just kept turn­ing up.

“Face­book has been good, it’s a way to get the event out there in the re­gion.

“We still handed out pam­phlets and that, but hav­ing the in­ter­net and Face­book to help out has been good.”

She said she was sur­prised by the turnout.

“There were about 50 in the adult race and about 20 in each of the other ones, so that’s about 120 all up,” she said.

“That’s ex­cel­lent for a small town.”

Ms Roth said the event passed the $5000 fundrais­ing goal.

“It’s got to be around $8000, from the spon­sor­ship alone, that feels ex­cel­lent, it’s real good,” she said.

“Be­cause we ran with a fundrais­ing model, we’ll lose a bit of that, as all the kids get a prize, but it’s still good.”

She said she ex­pected the event to re­turn in the fu­ture.

“I was speak­ing to a few of the par­ents and they want us to do it again, so if they want us to, why not,” she said.

“We’ll prob­a­bly leave it as the ma­jor fundraiser for the P&C and ease down on some of the other stuff.

“We’ll prob­a­bly move where we’re do­ing it to a big­ger venue, where we can spread things out a bit and you may be able to ven­ture out bush as well.

“There are op­tions to go to some places where we can go out to bush tracks.”

Roth said over­all she thought the event was a suc­cess.

“I think it’s pulled in such a wide part of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing peo­ple from out of town,” she said.

“The par­ents have joined in and did it with their kids.

“It has catered for the whole com­mu­nity, I hope.”

Help­ing Ms Roth run the event and warm­ing up the run­ners was fit­ness guru Dave Holleran.

Mr Holleran said warm­ing up the younger chil­dren was eas­ier than the warm­ing up the adults.

“The younger kids are al­ready quite flex­i­ble, as they have al­ready been run­ning around quite a bit be­fore they started, so it’s not that hard,” he said.

“The older kids, you have to be a lit­tle harder as they’ve been sit­ting around in the shade and you have to make sure they’re switched on men­tally and phys­i­cally.

“The adults are the same rea­son, they have to be prop­erly warmed up.”

Mr Holleran had trained many of the adult run­ners at boot camp ses­sions in Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold.

“Well, the Mun­dub­bera peo­ple went bril­liant(ly), and the Eidsvold peo­ple went ab­so­lutely amaz­ing(ly), though the Eidsvold peo­ple have been do­ing it for quite a bit longer than the Mun­dub­bera peo­ple,” he said.

“Eidsvold have been do­ing it for the last 12 months.

“They’d be used to some of the ob­sta­cles, but some of the stuff that Trudie put in is more like a com­mando course, which is pretty spe­cial.

“Get­ting soak­ing wet in the first half of the course makes it so much harder for the last half of the course... It was quite gut bust­ing, but I en­joyed that.”

Mr Holleran said he ex­pected some par­tic­i­pants to ex­er­cise more.

“The best part about it was ev­ery­one had a lot of fun, but a lot of peo­ple see they aren’t as fit as they should be, so will start an ex­er­cise reg­i­men from this,” he said.

“I think there is a dif­fer­ent be­tween be­ing fit and ex­er­cise, as the def­i­ni­tion of fit­ness is to be able to do a nor­mal day’s work with­out un­due stress.

“This is go­ing to be some­thing dif­fer­ent, as once they do some­thing like this, they’d want to do some­thing like this again then they start train­ing to do it again.”

PHOTOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

All smiles af­ter the un­der-6s race.

Rac­ers climb over hay dur­ing the course.

Two boys run through the ice wa­ter pit.

A girl crawls through a wa­ter bomb ob­sta­cle.

A young boy gets sprayed with colour.

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