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The Dash steps up

Monday, 7th April, 2014

There was a big crowd for the start of the race at The Living Desert picnic ground. There was a big crowd for the start of the race at The Living Desert picnic ground.

By Ethan James

More than 240 registered runners and walkers took part in the biggest ever YMCA Desert Dash on Sunday morning.

The course weaved through The Living Desert reserve, with a mixture of age groups getting involved. 

YMCA co-ordinating manager Marisa Webb said that the event was successful in its goal of getting families active.

“There was a lady who did the ten kilometres with a twin stroller and there were plenty of parents with prams which was just fantastic,” she said.

“We had a really good response as is evident in the numbers but it was all about that family participation element.”

While the event was more about fun than breaking times, Hayden Hands finished the fastest in the ten kilometre category. 

The former local drove up from Adelaide to be involved in the dash and was first over the line in a time of just over 40 minutes.

“It was a bit harder than I thought it would be ... if you didn’t pace yourself the inclines towards the end were a bit tough,” he said. 

“I like to run pretty hard and there was a bit of wind that made it challenging.

“It’s been 23 years since I’ve run in Broken Hill, we used to do the old ‘Lake to Lake’ event and we’d get 300-350 involved.

“But the weather was absolutely beautiful and it was a nice cool morning which helped too.”

However, the largest applause was reserved for Raymond Ware, who at age 83 was the oldest competitor.

He walked 10km and all the runners lined the road to cheer him home as he crossed the line with daughter Heather and granddaughter Jacqueline. 

“I usually only do a five kilometre walk that keeps me reasonably fit and there are a few hills that I like to go up in town but they didn’t include the hill here this year,” he said after the race.

The trio helped raised $700 for the charity ‘One Sight’.

Ms Webb thanked the event’s sponsors as well as the Y’s Men’s Club and roller derby league for assisting with volunteers. 

Turn to page 10 and 11 for more photos submitted by Cindy Knott.

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