April 28, 2014
More than 300 runners and walkers took part in the inaugural Cherbourg Reconciliation Fun Run on Sunday morning.
The event, which has been in the planning for more than six months, covered a 7km trek from the Murgon Showgrounds to Cherbourg.
Cherbourg Road was closed for two hours to allow participants to complete the course in safety.
Three “reviver” stations spread along the route supplied bottled water and orange slices.
The Fun Run was a fundraiser for Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum but its main purpose was to promote reconciliation.
It drew support from both the Cherbourg and South Burnett councils, dozens of volunteers and Reconciliation Queensland.
Runners and walkers began assembling at the Murgon Showgrounds well before the appointed starting time of 8:00am for last-minute registrations, and to collect their caps and wrist-bands.
South Burnett Deputy Mayor Cr Keith Campbell welcomed guests before Joe Kirk, a former Cherbourg resident who now lives in Brisbane, opened the event by performing a Welcome To Country.
Cr Kathy Duff read out a special message from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Glen Elmes and Cherbourg pastor Willie Moses blessed the event.
Special guest athlete, former NRL star Petero Civoniceva, led the runners out of the grounds but was almost instantly overtaken by a horde of young runners who set a breakneck pace along Perkins Street and Cherbourg Road.
However many of the older participants elected to walk in a leisurely way and were cheered to the finish line by the waiting crowd outside Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum.
Once there, participants and guests were treated to lunch, musical entertainment on stage, a performance by the Wakka Wakka junior dancers; and many stalls offering everything from free health checks to souvenirs.
First across the line was 11-year-old St Joseph’s student Floyd Aubrey, closely followed by adult runners Craig Kapernick, from Cloyna, and Michael McKinnon, from Brisbane.
The first female home was Angie Knight, from Maryborough.
1. First Adult Male – Craig Kapernick
2. First Adult Female – Angela Knight
3. First Primary Student (Male) – Floyd Aubrey
4. First Primary Student (Female) – Riley Priaulx
5. First Secondary Student (Male) – Ben Nicholson
6. First Secondary Student (Female) – Isabella Strauss
7. First Senior Male Over 60 – Norman Harwood
8. First Senior Female Over 60 – Angela Clarke
9. Best Dressed Individual – Sienna Mickelo (Storm Trooper)
10. School With The Most Participating Students – Cherbourg State School
11. First To Register – Cynthia Speedy
12. Most Courageous – Alana Purcell
13. Oldest Runner – Aunty Sarah Glenbar
14. Family Participation Prize – The Bowie family
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