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Shannon McCann is a twice national champion in the 100m hurdles, and Larissa Chambers is aiming to run the 100m at the Olympics ... but there's a big difference between 100m and 7km! Shannon came in 36th place and Larissa was 59th

Charles "Bubbles" Speedy was the perfect "runaway bride"

May 20, 2015

The more than 400 runners and walkers who left Murgon Showground for a 7km stroll on Sunday morning weren’t only testing their fitness … they were also showing their support for Reconciliation and Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum.

This is the second year that the Reconciliation Fun Run has been held between Murgon and Cherbourg.

Last year was hailed a big success when more than 300 people took part; this year organisers were starting to get worried about a fortnight out when less than a hundred people had registered online.

But they need not have worried, by the time 8:00am ticked over on Sunday there were about 420 runners ready to go, including 70 who registered on the morning.

Wakka Wakka Elder and Ration Shed Museum management committee member Bevan Costello launched the day with a Welcome To Country.

And then the runners took off … a stampede heading to Cherbourg, followed by a more sedate bunch of walkers, including several people pushing prams.

Along the way, there were several “reviver” stations handing out free water bottles and orange slices.

First across the line in Cherbourg was Billy Bishell, 13, from St Edmund’s College, Ipswich, part of a team of seven runners entered by the school’s cross-country coach Craig Cronin.

Second over the line was Orlyn Fisher, 15, from Murgon.

Last year’s winner, Floyd Aubrey, 12, also from Murgon, came in 13th (but admits he could have gone faster if he hadn’t walked part of the way).

First adult over the line was Craig Kapernick, from Cloyna, who was also the First Adult Male prize winner in the 2014 run.

The three special guest athletes who took part – hurdler Shannon McCann, body builder Rhonda Purcell and sprinter Larissa Chambers – were all beaten home by many of the other runners but as Larissa emphasised afterwards, she prefers 100m sprints to 7km runs!

After the fun run finished, there were heaps of activities in the park opposite The Ration Shed Museum, including games, face-painting, miniature horse rides and jumping castles for the children.

Entertainment included traditional dancing by the Barambah Dancers, a performance by the Proston Line Dancers and live music on stage.

Adults and children alike had a go at playing Reconciliation Trivia to test their knowledge about Aboriginal issues.

The Ration Shed Museum was also open for visitors, and over in the Sports Auditorium, Sam Saif (soccer), Andre Moore (basketball) and Nev Paulsen (cricket) held a series of mini-workshops.

The main aim of the run is Reconciliation – it is sponsored by Reconciliation Queensland – but it is also a fundraiser for The Ration Shed.

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And they're off ... just like last year, the children led the stampede away from the start

Cherbourg Cr Arnold Murray with Billy Bishell, first across the line, and his coach Craig Cronin, from St Edmunds, Ipswich

Billy Bishell sprints to the finishing line

Lawrie Douglas, from Cherbourg, with grandson Floyd Aubrey ... both ran the distance

A crew from Creative Tracks was capturing the day on video

Mark Newman and Aunty Sandra Morgan, from The Ration Shed

Well-known local footballer Keith Gadd ran the 7km pushing Keiden, 1, in a pram

A mix of councillors ... Cr Kathy Duff, Cr Arnold Murray, Mayor Wayne Kratzmann, Cr Ros Heit and Mayor Ken Bone

Aunty Ada Simpson with former Cherbourg principal Chris Sarra

Aunty Bessie Bond had a front row seat to watch the runners come home

Aunty Sandra Morgan with Reconciliation Queensland co-chairs Peter Jackson and Bill Buchanan

Zona Hussey-Smith, from Stepping Black, with Shaun Bliesner, from South Burnett CTC

Lisa Farrawell, from Creative Tracks, and Andrew Beckett, from Jemalong

Ready to make music on stage ... Kitch Wesche, from Creative Tracks, with Rocko Langton, from Cherbourg

Floyd Aubrey, 12, came in 13th, while Orlyn Fisher, 15, was 2nd over the line

Nick Philps, 15, and Jack Naylor, 14, from Southern Cross College, Redcliffe

Indiana Cobbo-Bond and Irene Davidson had some special face painting

The Barambah Dancers, young and old, performed before an enthusiastic crowd

Colin Morgan, 10, enjoys a ride on "Arizona", a miniature horse

Shirley Law and Gloria Benson with Alana Purcell ... they all made the 7km!

Playing Reconciliation Trivia were Shaqendra Fisher, 12, from Hervey Bay, and Josh Wilson, from Agnes Water

It's a long way to Cherbourg ... seven kilometres, in fact!

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2015 Cherbourg Reconciliation Fun Run Winners

The three special guest runners – Shannon McCann, Rhonda Purcell and Larissa Chambers – presented the Fun Run prizes to:

  • First Over The Line – Billy Bishell
  • First Male Adult – Craig Kapernick
  • First Female Adult – Raj Begeda
  • Fastest Boy (Secondary Student) – Billy Bishell
  • Fastest Girl (Secondary Student) – Riley Priaulx
  • Fastest Boy (Primary Student) – Trent Aubrey
  • Fastest Girl (Primary Student) – Christine Watson
  • First Senior Male (60 years & over) – Norman Harwood
  • First Senior Female (60 years & over) – Angela Clarke
  • Best Dressed Individual – Charles “Bubbles” Speedy (the runaway bride!)
  • Best Dressed Team – Southern Cross Catholic College
  • Most Courageous Effort – Alana Purcell
  • School Prize (Most Entries) – Cherbourg State School
  • Encouragement Award – Lawrie Douglas

First across the line and fastest boy ... Billy Bishell

First Male Adult ... Craig Kapernick repeated his 2014 success

Riley Priaulx was the Fastest Girl (Primary) last year ... this year she was Fastest Girl (Secondary); she's pictured with her proud dad Marcus Priaulx, left, from Barambah PaCE

Fastest Girl (Primary) ... Christine Watson

Natasha Monk was first to register online

First Senior Male ... Norman Harwood

First Senior Female ... Angela Clarke

The runaway bride, Charles "Bubbles" Speedy, won the Best Dressed Individual prize

Alana Purcell won the prize for Most Courageous Effort

Encouragement Prize ... Lawrie Douglas

Prize For Perseverance ... Jenny Pate

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Video by Creative Tracks

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More Fun Run Photographs

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