Willaura Farm to Pub draws a crowd

MORE than 200 competitors lined up for the annual Willaura Farm to Pub charity run on Saturday.

David Staehr posted the fastest time across the 16-kilometre event, completing the run in just over an hour.

Second past the post was Jake Clark while Wayne Atkin finished third.

In the 8.6-kilometre event, Aaron Riding took line honours in a time of 34 minutes and 36 seconds.

Organising committee member Heather Fleming said the friendly atmosphere of the event had been well received by competitors.

“People love the challenge the event offers,” she said.

“We get quite a few people that come back each year to participate.”

Mrs Fleming said the field was the largest the event had seen in the past couple of years.

“The weather was really good, which helped,” she said.

“There’s a lot of friendly banter between competitors, but there’s quite a few that take it fairly seriously.”

All proceeds from the event are donated to the charity Beyond Blue.

“We haven’t got a final figure yet, but the in kind support we receive means we can keep costs to a minimum,” Mrs Fleming said.

TEAM EFFORT: The run was a family affair for the McKinnis'. Pictured after the race are Brett, Gabrielle, Tom, Jane and Meg McKinnis. Pictures: PETER PICKERING

TEAM EFFORT: The run was a family affair for the McKinnis'. Pictured after the race are Brett, Gabrielle, Tom, Jane and Meg McKinnis. Pictures: PETER PICKERING

“It used to be run by the Joyce family, but in the last few years the event’s been run by the Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club with the help of the community.

IN THE ZONE: Zoe Rigby and Matilda Krantzen were doing their best to keep in contact with the race leaders.

IN THE ZONE: Zoe Rigby and Matilda Krantzen were doing their best to keep in contact with the race leaders.

“It’s a great day out for the whole family.

“There were a lot of kids riding bikes and mums and dads pushing prams.”

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