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Desert downpour delights dashers

Monday, 2nd April, 2012

SAFE AND SNUG: Julian Mann with daughters Evelyn (3) and Audrey (1) take shelter while waiting for mum Serenity to finish the Living Desert Dash. SAFE AND SNUG: Julian Mann with daughters Evelyn (3) and Audrey (1) take shelter while waiting for mum Serenity to finish the Living Desert Dash.

A sudden and unexpected shower of rain yesterday morning did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the good crowd of entrants who showed up for the Living Desert Dash.

In fact, with the prospect of a 10-kilometre run before the fittest of them, the cool shower was more than welcome after the heat and humidity of the previous few days.

Brushman of the Bush, Jack Absalom, officiated at the start of the race at 8.30am in the car park of the Living Desert which meant that all the runners and walkers were immediately faced with their toughest obstacle - the Sculptures hill.

Everyone in the three or five kilometre run had only to climb the hill once, but the 10km dashers had to do two laps of the course so they had to tackle it twice.

The field included everyone from babies being pushed in prams by their mothers to road-worn long distance veterans of cross country footracing.

The main race of the day, the 10km run, was won by David Lyle with Erin Seward taking out the women’s section of the event.

All the money raised from the day goes towards improving the facilities at the YMCA.

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