King of the Moun­tain back by de­mand

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Pop­u­lar Tom Price race King of the Moun­tain re­turned to town on Sun­day for the first time in three years and was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­braced by lo­cals keen to take on the chal­lenge to be the first to the top of Mount Name­less Jarn­dun­munha.

A tra­di­tion that be­gan in 1994 as part of Tom Price’s ma­jor an­nual fes­ti­val but dropped away in 2014, King of the Moun­tain was brought back by pop­u­lar de­mand this year by the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

Fifty-five com­peti­tors took part in the 2.8km race up a steep in­cline and there were some im­pres­sive re­sults among the race times.

Men’s com­peti­tor Stu­art McFar­ren was the fastest over­all with a time of 23min. 41sec., closely fol­lowed by un­der-15 boys’ racer Ry­lan Scott un­der one minute later.

Celina John­son was the fastest woman with a time of 28min. and Chloe Weight­man proved the best in her un­der-15 girls’ cat­e­gory, clock­ing 29min. 48sec.

Name­less Jarn­dun­munha Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Kelly Ged­des said the re­turn of the “iconic win­ter event” had proven pop­u­lar with lo­cals.

“A lot of peo­ple have asked when it’s com­ing back, and tak­ing on Name­less I thought we have to have that event back,” she said.

“There’s been huge in­ter­est in it so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how many we get at the fin­ish.”

All reg­is­tra­tion fees went to­wards lo­cal teenagers Jack and Larissa Daw­son, the chil­dren of Lara and Mark Daw­son who were killed in a tragic road in­ci­dent about a month ago.

Ms Ged­des said the race had emo­tional sig­nif­i­cance for Tom Price res­i­dents as well as of­fer­ing a good phys­i­cal chal­lenge. “I guess it’s got a his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to a lot of peo­ple in town,” she said.

“The moun­tain sort of leans over the town, there’s some­thing about an event that’s held once a year, and a lot of peo­ple who live here feel con­nected to the hill.

“It’s just like a land­mark and there’s some­thing about con­quer­ing it that’s ex­cit­ing.”

This year’s Name­less Jarn­dun­munha fes­ti­val will also be held on Clem Thomp­son Oval for the first time in years fol­low­ing its up­grade.

Ms Ged­des said the re­turn of King of the Moun­tain race and the fes­ti­val’s tra­di­tional lo­ca­tion fit in well to the nos­tal­gic theme of this year’s cel­e­bra­tions.

“We’re very ex­cited to have it as part of the fes­ti­val line-up go­ing into the event each year,” she said.

“And be­cause the fes­ti­val theme is Rewind I feel it’s quite fit­ting do­ing this event.”

The Name­less Jarn­dun­munha Fes­ti­val will be held in Tom Price on Au­gust 11-12.

Pic­tures: Shir­lene Gotz

Ry­lan Scott, 10, runs up Mount Name­less Name­less Jarn­dun­munha in the King of the Moun­tain race.

King of the Moun­tain men's and over­all win­ner Stu­art McFar­ren.

King of the Moun­tain women's win­ner Celina John­son with her tro­phy.

Ju­nior King of the Moun­tain win­ners Chloe Weight­man and Ry­lan Scott, both 10.

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