Run­ners in the pink

More than 600 Kar­ratha res­i­dents were up bright and early on Sun­day to take part in the Moth­ers Day Clas­sic fun run, rais­ing aware­ness and money for breast cancer re­search.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A sea of en­thu­si­as­tic run­ners and walk­ers dressed in pink streamed down Kar­ratha’s main streets last Sun­day as res­i­dents of all ages hap­pily par­tic­i­pated in the Mother’s Day Clas­sic.

More than 600 peo­ple took part in this year’s lo­cal char­ity fun run, which raises funds and aware­ness for breast cancer re­search, with all money go­ing to­wards the Na­tional Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman Angie Ay­ers said she was ex­tremely pleased at how smoothly the event had run.

“It was won­der­ful. It was such a great at­mos­phere,” she said. “It looked like ev­ery­one had a ball. Kar­ratha was of­fi­cially painted pink to­day.”

The pre-race ac­tion was by turns touch­ing, ed­u­ca­tional and fun.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Elaine Bai­ley started by shar­ing her sur­vival story with the crowd, pow­er­fully com­mu­ni­cat­ing how breast cancer per­son­ally af­fected suf­fer­ers.

In a new ad­di­tion to the event, Nickol Bay Hospi­tal res­i­dent med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr Emma Jones demon­strated how to per­form a breast check on game last-minute male vol­un­teer Dave Rigby.

Kar­ratha Life and Soul ran the crowd through an aer­o­bics warmup to get them race-ready while mu­si­cians Mikey Smith and Sammy Maphaka pro­vided acous­tic tunes and the Pil­bara Party Ponies team of­fered chil­dren rides for only a gold coin do­na­tion.

Then the rac­ers were off for ei­ther the 8km run, 4km run or 4km course, with plenty of ex­hil­a­ra­tion on show when they crossed the fin­ish­ing line.

Ms Ay­ers said the small com­mit­tee had pulled to­gether fast to or­gan­ise the event in about nine weeks, but see­ing the re­sults on the day made the ef­fort worth it.

“Breast cancer touches all of us at some time,” she said.

“(The event) is just great for peo­ple who have been go­ing through it and peo­ple who’ve got fam­ily else­where around Aus­tralia that have also got it. It’s nice to bring ev­ery­one to­gether in such a pos­i­tive event and just put some pos­i­tiv­ity out in the world.”

Ray White Kar­ratha man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Mother’s Day Clas­sic reg­u­lar Richard Naulls’ com­mit­ment to wear a skin-tight pink morph suit in the race in ex­change for do­na­tions had drawn plenty of lo­cal at­ten­tion in re­cent weeks and he de­liv­ered on the day.

He said the suit had “done some­thing right” by help­ing the Ray White team raise more than $15,000 so far, but had the draw­back of forc­ing him to walk in­stead of run at the last minute.

“I did (train­ing) in the suit yes­ter­day and found the heat doesn’t like get­ting out of the suit,” he said. “I thought my head was go­ing to ex­plode, so I thought I’d bet­ter not run to­day.

“I didn’t want to col­lapse and be the morph man in an am­bu­lance. I spent eight weeks train­ing so I could look rea­son­able in a morph suit.”

Mr Naulls said the morph suit would make a reap­pear­ance at the Tam­brey Tav­ern this Fri­day when sev­eral of the Ray White team shaved their heads in an ad­di­tional fundrais­ing drive.

Tom Price also held a Mother’s Day Clas­sic event this year.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Com­mit­tee mem­bers Emma Bar­ring­ton Shaw, Rus­sell Tay­lor, Tali­cia MacDon­ald, Tahlia Fer­gu­son, Casey Newby, Elaine Bai­ley, Leen Vors­sel­mans and Angie Ay­ers.

CB Snapz Me­dia Ser­vices Pic­ture:

Morph man Richard Naulls at the fin­ish line.

Nathan Hovel­roud, 11, Katie Hovel­roud, 13, Paige Bellero, 13, and Sum­mer Bellero, 11 at the Mother’s Day Clas­sic fin­ish­ing line.

Dave Rigby and Dr Emma Jones demon­strate how to per­form a breast check for the crowd.

Par­tic­i­pant Rachel Baker.

Com­peti­tors off and run­ning at the Mother’s Day Clas­sic.

Kar­ratha Life and Soul warm up par­tic­i­pants.

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