Snow can’t stop Mar­ian 100

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

MYRTLE­FORD’S Mar­ian Col­lege put up with shock­ing early con­di­tions to com­plete their an­nual 100-kilo­me­tre jour­ney from Mount Hotham to Myrtle­ford last Fri­day.

Snow at Hotham wreaked havoc for the first leg of the jour­ney as the freez­ing weather meant a de­lay get­ting ve­hi­cles started.

Poor vis­i­bil­ity and an icy road also meant stu­dents needed to be driven the first 10km down the moun­tain.

Mar­ian 100 co­or­di­na­tor, Dav­ina Perkins, be­lieves it was the first time snow had af­fected the event in its 26 year his­tory.

“There have been lit­tle pock­ets of snow (in the past) but never any­thing like that; we had to make a few lit­tle ad­just­ments like mak­ing sure the kids didn’t sep­a­rate too far be­cause of the woe­ful vis­i­bil­ity,” she ex­plained.

“The day got off to a shock- ing start but the kids were all very pos­i­tive and took it in their stride, there were very try­ing con­di­tions but I think it’s some­thing they will never for­get.”

The col­lege had 67 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the run and ex­pect to raise as much as $6,000 for their new char­ity, the Cure Brain Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Stu­dents ar­rived at school to cross the fin­ish line around 3pm, nine hours af­ter orig­i­nally con­gre­gat­ing at Mt Hotham.

ICY:M ar­ian Col­lege stu­dents atM tHotham forthe be­gin­ning ofthe M ar­ian 100.

COM M ITM ENT:Brady Bourke pushes hard dur­ing the M ar­ian 100.

ALL OVER:Stu­dents pass the fin­ish line forthe 26th M ar­ian 100.

TEAM EFFO RT:Zahra Pitts hands a ba­ton to Alex M uraca.

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