Wil­laura ready to run – again

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

Or­gan­is­ers of the Wil­laura Farm to Pub hand­i­cap footrace are pre­par­ing for an­other bumper crowd in 2019.

The race will re­turn to its usual Sandy Lane lo­ca­tion on Old Joyce Farm for its 16th year, on Fe­bru­ary 23.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Heather Flem­ing said the com­mit­tee ex­pected a sim­i­lar num­ber of en­tries to last year’s field of about 200.

“We would love to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” she said. “It’s a good way to keep fit and ac­tive, and it’s so­cial as well.”

The race’s tit­u­lar pub – the Wil­laura Ho­tel – closed down in 2017, but Mrs Flem­ing said a ‘pop up pub’ at Wil­laura Re­cre­ation Re­serve would re­turn af­ter its suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion last year.

In ad­di­tion to the main 16-kilo­me­tre hand­i­capped race, there will be cat­e­gories for peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages and abil­i­ties.

There will be a 16-kilo­me­tre ride, an eight-kilo­me­tre run, an eight-kilo­me­tre ride and five-kilo­me­tre walk. Reg­is­tra­tions for the race close on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 at 10pm.

Peo­ple can still reg­is­ter af­ter the dead­line up to an hour be­fore the race in all cat­e­gories, but will not re­ceive an of­fi­cial time. An en­try fee of $15 for adults and $5 for chil­dren un­der 16 will sup­port the Wil­laura Re­cre­ation Re­serve and other com­mu­nity groups.

Buses will ferry com­peti­tors out to the start­ing lines for each event, with the fin­ish line at Wil­laura Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Mrs Flem­ing said there would be plenty of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the open­ing of the Wil­laura Pool and a jump­ing cas­tle at the re­cre­ation re­serve. There will also be pow­ered and un­pow­ered camp­sites avail­able for peo­ple wish­ing to stay overnight.

Mrs Flem­ing said the com­mit­tee was still look­ing for ex­tra vol­un­teers to help run the event.

“As or­gan­is­ers we’re al­ways happy for more peo­ple to get in­volved,” she said.

“We would wel­come any­one who wants to lend a hand, whether it be as a time­keeper or any other role.”

There will also be a raf­fle in sup­port of men­tal health char­ity be­yond­blue. The main prize is four tick­ets to a 2019 AFL pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Mrs Flem­ing said any­one want­ing more in­for­ma­tion could visit the event web­site at www. farm­topub.org or call her on 0428 541 328.

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