Tak­ing a run at safety

Fun cos­tumed ca­pers kick off Child Pro­tec­tion Week at Charleville

Western Times - - SPORT - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

RUN­NING: The sun rose over an ar­ray of bright and won­der­ful cos­tumes on Sun­day morn­ing as fam­i­lies dressed as their favourite char­ac­ters and gath­ered at Gra­ham An­drews Park ready for an early morn­ing jog.

The fancy dress fun run and fam­ily day was or­gan­ised by the Charleville Dis­trict Crime Pre­ven­tion group to wel­come in Child Pro­tec­tion Week and con­sisted of 1km, 3km and 6km runs open to all ages.

Charleville com­mu­nity and school groups banded to­gether to pro­vide food stalls, face paint­ing and wa­ter sta­tions for the event, with the best dressed and top run­ners tak­ing home prizes for their ef­forts.

The Lions club in Charleville also pro­vided a bouncy cas­tle for the chil­dren to en­joy.

More than 100 peo­ple ar­rived at the park for the 9.30am call time, many par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 1km run with their cos­tumes on dis­play.

Po­lice dis­trict crime pre­ven­tion co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Grayson said the event was a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to have some fun while learn­ing about child safety.

“It was re­ally good to see so many fam­i­lies and groups of friends who came out to the run to give it a go. Most of them weren’t in it for the com­pet­i­tive as­pect but more just to have some fun and min­gle with other mem­bers,” Ms Grayson said.

“It was also awe­some to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether for this event. We had high school stu­dents do­ing the face paint­ing and sup­port­ers from the lo­cal school, NDIS and nat­u­ral re­source depart­ment in at­ten­dance.”

Af­ter the races were run, com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors tucked into a bar­be­cue lunch, with bread pro­vided by Heine­manns bak­ery.

Jay­cob O’Toole and Ali­son Caset won the prizes for best fancy dress, as Spi­der-Man and Where’s Wally re­spec­tively, with the prize for best fam­ily spirit awarded to the Schmidt fam­ily.

For the run­ning, Shane and Jenny Pea­cock won the 6km fastest male and fe­male, Hugo Schmidt and Juliet Schmidt the fastest male and fe­male in the 3km, and Natasha Tay­lor took top hon­ours in the 1km fun run.

Jay­cob O’Toole won the high school 3km race and Ned Schmidt the pri­mary.


AND THEY’RE OFF: Chil­dren start off the 1km fun run with a bang, sprint­ing down the park in full cos­tume.

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