Dash for Cash pics

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

TOWNSVILLE’S pave­ment pounders took to the streets yes­ter­day to try their luck in the an­nual Butcher on Bun­dock Dash For Cash.

More than 400 com­peti­tors turned out to share in the $ 3500 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs dur­ing the hotly con­tested 4.6km event.

Over­all male and fe­male win­ners were push­ing for the $ 500 ma­jor prize, while cash prizes were avail­able for plac­ings up to fifth in the open, ju­nior male and fe­male and in­di­vid­ual age cat­e­gories.

The fore­cast was for wet weather but clear skies paved the way for a dream run.

Road Run­ners trea­surer Gerry Maguire said the pop­u­lar­ity of the event was con­tin­u­ing to rise.

‘‘ We are see­ing num­bers con­tinue to grow each year so it’s good to be of­fer­ing some­thing peo­ple want to be in­volved in,’’ he said.

‘‘ Com­peti­tors in the ju­nior ranks are ris­ing par­tic­u­larly fast and we are start­ing to see more and more sec­ondary school kids hav­ing a go.

‘‘ The morn­ing is pro­vided for ev­ery­one and is a great op­por­tu­nity to get out­side and have some fun. We tend to see a lot of gri­mac­ing faces com­ing down the home straight but there are still plenty of smiles get­ting around.’’

The hotly con­tested event marks the launch of the Townsville Road Run­ners’ 2011 sea­son and is one of six fun runs held through­out the year.

Try it The next fun run will be held at Pi­o­neer Park on April 17.

Pho­tos: SUZANNE LOWE

ACHIEVE­MENT: Pip Gold­wick of South Townsville, Jan Tom­lin­son of South Townsville, Sue Devine of South Townsville and Josh Gib­son of North Ward com­pleted the Dash For Cash

Chris Spivey of West End and Da­mon Wil­son of Dou­glas

Meghan Scott of Rail­way Es­tate and Yvette Gasa of Mund­ing­burra

Bren­dan and Luan Cochrane of Mt Louisa

Sally Jones, 8, of North Ward

Tanya Carter of Idalia and Sandie

Wil­son of Dou­glas

Skip Howarth, 11, of North Ward

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