The “Nutty Relay Runners” came in second in the mixed relay division and fourth overall in a time of 4:34:55 … from left, Clinton Hansen, who shadowed the team on pushbike to provide back-up; Jason Ford, James Maxwell, Melissa Ballin, Thomas Haden, Craig Kapernick, Michelle Hansen, Darrin Kefford and Claire Kapernick

May 5, 2022

The second annual South Burnett Express Rail Trail Relay has been hailed a success after more than 100 runners took over a section of the South Burnett Rail Trail on Monday.

The relay run was organised by the Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club from Brisbane.

Club president Dan Murray told it had been a fantastic day and the track had been really fast.

He said relay runs were becoming rare so the club was hoping to build the South Burnett event into something really big in future years, with more teams coming from across Queensland and interstate.

Ten teams took part in Monday’s event, including some local runners.

Each team had to complete 12 legs – each about 5km long – between Kingaroy to Wondai and back.

One all-South Burnett team, the “Nutty Relay Runners”, was decked out in matching shirts promoting the Wondai Country Running Festival.

Michelle Hansen, from Kingaroy, said the relay had been a whole lot of fun, with the Nutty team coming in fourth place overall.

The winners were the Lockyer Legends Team A.

The Rangers’ first event was held in October last year but the club decided the May long weekend would be the perfect fit for the 2022 event.

After the last runners returned to Kingaroy, they had the opportunity to relax in O’Neill Square and enjoy a drink, courtesy of sponsors Ballistic Beer Co, and a hamburger crafted by the Kingaroy Scouts.

Michelle said some of the runners from other teams had indicated they would be returning to the South Burnett for the Wondai event on June 25-26.

Enjoying a burger after their run were Brian Zwoerner and Mick Wilson, from Gatton, and Micah Huth, from Brisbane
Kingaroy Scouts provided hamburgers and drinks for the runners at the end of the relay in O’Neill Square
The “Lockyer Legends” … Shane George and David Sweeney with Scott, Sam, Matt and Kailee Ovenden
Byron, 9, and Monica and Jeff Brook, from the Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club at Carina
Phillip Crossin, from sponsors Ballistic Beer Co at Salisbury, with Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club president Dan Murray … that bottle is known as a “Growler”
Elijah Jackson with Bethany, Leanna and Dale Buchanan, from Gatton … Bethany and Leanna were the cheer squad for Elijah and Dale


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