Miles of fun had by many

NT News - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS

FLASH might be the fastest man alive, but young Dar­win run­ner Paddy Smith is quickly catch­ing up with his idol.

Wear­ing a full-length The Flash cos­tume, Paddy, 9, was the first per­son to cross the fin­ish line in yes­ter­day’s Mitchell Street Mile Do­nate Life Fancy Dress run.

“I like run­ning — I’m pretty fast,” he said.

Paddy was rais­ing money to sup­port Do­nate Life. His team­mates — Shan Cairnes in a Min­ion suit and Lee Wood dressed as a croc­o­dile — crossed the fin­ish line much later on.

“It’s so hot out there,” Ms Wood said.

The duo were forced to hold hands the en­tire race, be­cause the Min­ion out­fit was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to see out of.

Run­ning in the Lot­toland De­fence and Ser­vices run were a squad of fireys in their full turnout gear. Un­der about 20-25kg of heavy uni­forms, the fire­fight­ers sweated along Mitchell St. “It’s like run­ning in an oven,” Hugh Matthews said.

To train, the team ran four laps up and down Dar­win’s Evo­lu­tion build­ing.

Mates Ian Lacey, John Sawyer and Larry Lacey jogged down Mitchell St in match­ing tuxedo tees. They had a few pre-run beers be­fore the race.

“It’s im­por­tant to be well hy­drated be­fore any run,” Larry said. Run­ning in a wed­ding dress was a sweaty ex­pe­ri­ence for Mon­ica Wormald.

“I’m the hottest I’ve ever been,” Ms Wormald said cross­ing the fin­ish­ing line.

“I’m not get­ting mar­ried — I’m so sin­gle it’s ridicu­lous.

“But if I did meet some­one, I’d be ready to go.”

Billy Rees and Lach­lan Butcher, 8, ran the mile in match­ing War­wick Cap­per cos­tumes, com­plete with blonde mul­let wigs.

More pics at www.nt­news.com.au

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Mitchell St be­came a sea of colour as the run­ners set off in fancy dress

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Sup­port­ers lined the Mitchell St track, cheer­ing on com­peti­tors

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Even par­ents got into the dress-up spirit

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

All ages at­tacked the fun run yes­ter­day

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Mon­ica Wormald wore a wed­ding dress

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Kim My­chas with Max, 4

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Bianca and Holly Thom­son get quack­ing

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