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Results 2017

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RESULTS

WINNERS: The Boys From The Bush bring home the gold in 2017! PHOTO: Tablelands Advertiser

 

Full list of results can be downloaded here.

Total fundraising amount: $195289

Solo Male: Burro Blanco – Rob Miller (17.17.44)
Solo Female: CrossFit HBZ 4880 – Sonya Alba-Miller (17.48.17)
Duo: 2 Fast 2 Furious – Bradley Newlands and Zane Singleton (11.19.40)
Ladies: MILF for Muscles (9.30.22)
Mens: The Boys from the Bush (6.24.22)
Mixed: IndiStructables (9.44.01)
Over 35s: 72ers (9.16.37)
Over 55s: Dad’s Army (13.00.24)
School: Nudgee College Brisbane (6.40.38)
Service: QFES Blazers: (8.12.13)

Social: Run in our Stocking (9.13.24)

Team Spirit: Sianna’s Soldiers and Ikin’s Angels

Talent Quest: Rick Heaton – Solo Veteran

Charity: Wheelie Mad Runners

Best Theme: SES

2017 Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2017 Great Wheelbarrow Race are now open, and with a new look nomination form, registering a team has never been easier.

Download registration form by clicking here 2017 GWR Team Registration Form

One of far north Queensland’s most significant events has been revitalised, with the race now starting in Chillagoe and finishing in Mareeba.

After 13 years, Committee Chair Nipper Brown said it was time to ‘bring the gold home’ to Mareeba.

“After careful consideration and community consultation with key stakeholders, the decision was made to revive and refresh the signature event,” he said.

The charity event remains a three day, fun-filled endurance event and will take place May 19-21 2017. Competitors will start the 144km journey in Chillagoe on Friday morning and arrive back to Mareeba Sunday afternoon.

Categories include teams (female, male or mixed) of up to ten people, Solo and Duo competitors, Over 35’s and Over 55’s, School Students, Services (Police, SES, Defence Forces, etc.) Mixed and a Social Category, which attracted several, teams last year.

Cr Brown said the committee was looking forward to the event and urged those interested in competing to get their nominations in early.

Last year, competitors raised a total of $200,000 for a range of charities, including FNQ Cerebral Palsy, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mareeba Animal Refuge, the Brest Cancer Foundation and the Mareeba Hospital.

“Some teams go to remarkable lengths to raise money for their nominated charity during the lead-up to the race,” Cr Brown said.

Race enthusiasts are encouraged to keep an eye on the event’s website and Facebook page for exciting updates.

Nominations close on 1 May 2017. 

Great Wheelbarrow Race 2017 – Bringing the Gold Home

THE annual Great Wheelbarrow Race is set for a shake up next year after the committee voted to turn the race around.

After 13 years running from Mareeba to Chillagoe, Committee Chair Nipper Brown said it was time to ‘bring the gold home’ to Mareeba. “After careful consideration and community consultation with key stakeholders, the decision was made to revive and refresh the signature event,” Cr Brown said.
Councillor Nipper Brown added that the committee hopes the new direction will reduce safety concerns and generate more interest in the event.

In 2004, as a tribute to the early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way and sparked the beginning of the unique event.

The charity event will remain a three day fun-filled endurance challenge, taking in the rugged picturesque landscape. Competitors will start the 144km journey in Chillagoe on the Friday morning and will arrive to a home crowd in Mareeba on the Sunday.

Councillor Nipper Brown said the committee will “trial the turnaround in 2017 and see how it goes.” “There will be a number of changes made to the race and it’s going to be exciting having new challenges for all involved,” he said.

Race record holder and Mareeba local Sonya Alba-Miller said she is looking forward to the new challenge and running into Mareeba to a home crowd. “The revitalised Great Wheelbarrow Race has got me excited and thinking about how I’m going to run it,” she said.

The event will be held on 19-21 May 2017. More information will be released in the coming months with nominations opening early next year.
Race enthusiasts are encouraged to keep an eye on the event’s website and Facebook page for exciting updates.

Great Wheelbarrow Race 2016 Results

Final Results can be viewed and downloaded here

Despite team numbers being down from last year, the thirteenth annual Great Wheelbarrow Race which finished on Sunday, raised over $200,000 for local, national and international charities.

Organising committee chair Councillor Nipper Brown said the event was again, a great success. “I believe it went really well overall. Once again we have managed to raise significant amounts for charity,” he said. “The support from the general public was unbelievable again and the small town reception was great as always.”

The three day event saw people of all ages push a Wheelbarrow 140 km from Mareeba to Chillagoe, honouring the early pioneers and their amazing trail-blazing feats. There were 42 teams in this year’s race and Cr Nipper Brown said “I take my hat off to them.” “Once again they showed what human spirit is. The camaraderie, the courtesy they showed to each other and the support they gave to one another all along the race was unbelievable.”

This year there were two additional categories to the race; over 35’s and over 55’s. The Boys from the Bush took home the shield and also won the men’s category.St Joseph’s Nudgee College from Brisbane competed in the race for the second consecutive year, breaking their record by a remarkable 12 minutes. Nudgee School Captain Angus McHugh said they will be back in 2017 and hopes the event becomes a tradition of the College. “After last year we found the race was a great experience and donating to charities is such a great cause,” he said “It’s a fantastic atmosphere and gets the community together and raises money which is great.”

Cr Nipper Brown thanked all of the competitors, their support teams, event volunteers and the organising committee. “Much of the preparation goes unseen but this weekend has shown the benefits of all the training, planning and organisation that has consumed so much time in the preceding weeks and months,” he said.
“The event will be back in 2017, bigger and better and there may be some changes.”

Results included:
• Charity fundraisers: winner – Wheellie Mad Runners who raised an astonishing $63,000 for FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group.
• Best theme: winner – SES teams combined
• Talent Quest: winner – Nadine Michelle
• Ladies teams: winner – Wheellie mad fan 5
• Mixed teams: winner – 99 Running on Empty
• Men’s teams: winner – Boys from the Bush
• Over 35’s: winner – 72 Models
• Over 55’s: Dad’s Army
• High Schools: winner – Nudgee College
• Services: winner – SES Ducks on Bikes
• Duo: winner – Blue Healers
• Overall winning team: winner – Boys from the Bush

The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2014 – Highlights

Get ready for the 2016 Great Wheelbarrow Race

They laugh, they sweat, they puff and they push – the Great Wheelbarrow Race is one of the major events on the Mareeba Shire calendar and this year, organisers are hoping to make it bigger and better!

Race Committee Chair Cr Nipper Brown said the first Great Wheelbarrow Race, held in 2004, wanted to honour the pioneering miners of the early 19th century, and to provide a boost to smaller communities along the way.

“The race has certainly evolved since then, with a lot of teams taking the opportunity to raise money for local charities. The 2016 event will be held from May 13-15, starting from Mareeba and finishing at Chillagoe, a distance of some 140km!” he said.

“Some teams go to remarkable lengths to raise money for their nominated charity during the lead-up to the race. Last year, competitors raised a total of $243,300 for a range of charities, including Make A Wish Foundation, Angel Flight, the Queensland Cancer Council, Ronald McDonald House, and the Indie Rose Foundation,” Cr Brown said.

“This is a great event because it brings the community together in a fun way to raise money for charity and it provides a real boost to those smaller towns like Dimbulah, Almaden and Chillagoe,” he said.

Cr Brown is calling for nominations for the race which is run in three stages – the first stage is from Mareeba to Dimbulah (50km), the second is from Dimbulah to Almaden (60km), and the third stage is Almaden to Chillagoe (30km).

Categories include Teams (female, male or mixed) of up to 10 people, Solo and Duo competitors, Over 35s and Over 55’s, School Students and Services (Police, SES, Firefighters, Defence Forces) and a newly added Social Category, which attracted several teams last year.

“For solo competitors, the event is quite a test of endurance, as they can be on the road pushing a wheelbarrow for up to nine hours each day.  This year we have added an over 55’s Category, for those teams who are a bit more mature but still competitive, ” Cr Brown said.

Many of the teams wear themed costumes for the first day of the race, making a colourful spectacle as they travel down Byrnes Street, Mareeba after the start at Davies Park.

Nominations close on 22 April 2016. Nominations forms are available from the Great Wheelbarrow Race website, www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com, Council’s website at www.msc.qld.gov.au or from your nearest Council Service Centre.

Council would also like to hear from businesses who might like to help sponsor the event. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should call Stacey Maisel on 0427 673 954.

2016 Nomination Form

2016 Registrations now open

Download 2016 Nomination Form here

13-15 May 2016

Great Wheelbarrow Race 2015 Results

The twelfth annual Great Wheelbarrow Race which finished on Sunday has raised a jaw-dropping $243,300 for charity, making the total raised in the past two years well over the one million dollar mark.

“That is a magnificent result and a great effort. The event is unique in that it benefits all the communities along the Wheelbarrow Way, while catering to so many different charities,” organising committee chairman Councillor Nipper Brown said.

“We had 54 teams enter this year, and added a social category, which had ten teams enter. When we totalled up the funds raised, again we were blown away by the outcome.”

“And the icing on the cake is that this year’s event was conducted in high spirits by everyone who took part and everyone pulled up pretty healthy in the end.”

Councillor Brown said the three-day event, which took competitors from Mareeba to Chillagoe in the footsteps of the district’s pioneers, had set an extremely high benchmark.

“Even the weather held out,” he said.

The competitive side of the event saw outstanding efforts turned in..

“We had records set all over the place. In the overall category the Bad Boys broke the overall record by 49 minutes, coming in to Chillagoe in 6hrs.25mins.44sec,” he said.

“The High school category record was broken by Nudgee College in a time of 7hrs.08mins.45sec, averaging a cracking 20 kilometres per hour and breaking the record by 11 minutes,” Cr Brown said.

I have to commend all of the competitors, their support teams, event volunteers and the organising committee.”

“Much of the preparation goes unseen but this weekend has shown the benefits of all the training, planning and organisation that has consumed so much time in the preceding weeks and months.”

“Dimbulah has a small population but on the Friday night they had more than 1000 people stay there. And then on Saturday night Almaden, with a population measured in two digits, had a similar population explosion,” he said.

“The benchmark has now been set at a very high level for next year’s race but I am sure the region is up to the challenge,” Cr Brown said.

A DVD of this year’s massive event is in production and will be available for purchase shortly from Studio Productions in Cairns.

Results included:

 

  • Charity fundraisers:  winner – Wheelie Mad Women $72,000
  • Best theme: winner – Cowboy Ducks
  • Talent Quest: winner – Bad Boys
  • Ladies teams: winner – Easier said Than Run
  • Mixed teams: winner – Racing for Freedom
  • Men’s teams: winner – Bad Boys
  • Over 40s: winner – 72 Models
  • High Schools: winner – Nudgee College
  • Services: winner – Termites (Army)
  • Duo: winner – 2 Lone Bucks
  • Solo male: winner – Joshua Priestly
  • Overall winning team: winner – The Bad Boys

Race records:

  • Category – Mens – Bad Boys – Time – 6hrs:25min:44secs – Record gap – 49min:33sec – Old Record set – 2013 by The Fit Bucks.
  • Category – Duo (Female) – Blister Sisters – ( Tracy Marcel / Billie Fincham) Time – 13hrs:53min:25secs – Record gap – 46min:39sec Old Record set – 2012 by Bitumen Bee-Arches (Sonya Alba-Miller / Stephanie Inderbizen).
  • Category – Duo – 2 Lone Bucks (Charlton Best / David Moreno) – Time – 10hrs:39min:10secs – Record gap – 14min:20sec – Old Record Set – 2014 by The Lonely Jokers (Samuel Lewis / Lennon Colclough).
  • Category – Schools – Nudgee College – Time – 7hrs:08min:45secs – Record gap – 10min:57sec Old Record set – 2010 by Road Warriors (Mareeba SHS).
  • Category – Over 40’s – 72 Model – Time – 8hrs:56min:59secs – Record gap –  7min:00sec Old Record set – 2014 by 72 Model.
  • New Category – Social – Time – 9hrs:06min:05secs.

Final Results by category can be viewed here Final results category

Final Results overall can be viewed here Final results overall

Australian Geo Article

The current May/June issue of Aus Geo  has a fantastic article about Mareeba and the Great Wheelbarrow Race.

Pretty impressive!! Great for our area!

GWR Mareeba_AG MayJune2015_MarkZiembicki

Fundraising Totals

The below totals show the outstanding contribution to charity that The Great Wheelbarrow Race has made.

2007 – $13,480

2008 – $14,200

2009 – $44,398

2010 – $87,315

2011 – $123,000

2012 – $153,000

2013 – $461,000

2014 – $437,000

2015 – $243,300

These amounts total $1,576.693 which is outstanding for any sporting event

Great Wheelbarrow Race has record-shattering 11th year in 2014

 2014 WBR Results F 2 S

2014 WBR Results x Cat

THE eleventh annual Great Wheelbarrow Race which finished on Sunday has raised a jaw-dropping $433,000 for charity, making the total raised in the past two years just under the one million dollar mark.

 

“That is a stunning result and a great effort,” organising committee chairman Councillor Nipper Brown said.

 

“We had a record-breaking number of teams enter, with 74 teams this year, and we had records set all over the place in the race itself and then, when we totalled up the funds raised, again we were blown away by the outcome.”

 

“And the icing on the cake is that this year’s event was conducted in high spirits by everyone who took part and everyone pulled up pretty healthy in the end.”

 

Councillor Brown said the three-day event, which took competitors from Mareeba to Chillagoe in the footsteps of the district’s pioneers, had set an extremely high benchmark.

 

“Even the weather held out,” he said.

 

The competitive side of the event saw outstanding efforts turned in, with three records broken.

 

“In the solo female category (a new category this year, although there have been solo female participants) Sonya Alba-Miller smashed the existing record, pushing her wheelbarrow across 140 kilometres in just 18 hours, 23minutes and 22 seconds. Jenny Hoskins who also competed in the solo female category, was the youngest solo to compete in the race and did an outstanding job, even crossing the finish line with a smile on her face.”

 

“The duo category record was broken by The Lonely Jokers in a time of 10hrs.53mins.30sec, averaging a cracking 18 kilometres per hour.

The Over 40s record fell to 72 model  in a time of 9hrs.03mins.59sec.

 

I have to commend all of the competitors, their support teams, event volunteers and the organising committee.”

 

“Much of the preparation goes unseen but this weekend has shown the benefits of all the training, planning and organisation that has consumed so much time in the preceding weeks and months.”

 

“Dimbulah has a small population but on the Friday night they had more than 1000 people stay there. And then on Saturday night Almaden, with a population measured in two digits, had a similar population explosion,” he said.

 

“The benchmark has now been set at a very high level for next year’s race but I am sure the region is up to the challenge,” Cr Brown said.

 

A DVD of this year’s massive event is in production and will be available for purchase shortly from Studio Productions in Cairns.

 

 

Results included:

 

  • Charity fundraisers:  winner IndieStructables $106,000.00
  • Best theme: winner Flying Ducks
  • Talent Quest: winner Dad’s Army
  • Ladies teams: Weipa Wags 1, Fitness Divas 2, Wheelie Mad Women 3.
  • Mixed teams: Streets Ahead 1, Pushin It 2, Ronald McDonald Fundraisers #2 team 3.
  • Men’s teams: The Fit Bucks 1, Shake N Bake 2.
  • Over 40s: 72 Model (New Record) 1, Amalgamated Pest Control 2, Spirits in the Sky 3.
  • High Schools: Bad Boys 1, Trinity Anglican School 2, Trail Blazers 3.
  • Services: Blue Lightning 1, Flying Ducks 2
  • Duo: The Lonely Jokers (New Record) 1, Fitzroy Express 2, Bolt & Elite 3.
  • Solo female: Busted Bird (Sonya Alba -Miller)1, NPress (Tracey Marcel) 2, Diggers Run (Marilyn McKell) 3.
  • Solo male: Jose Lopez 1; Hahn Solo (Shane Ross) 2, Jared Hohns 3.
  • Overall winning team: The Fit Bucks.

A BIG Thanks to our Marshalls

Thanks so much to all those who marshaled for the Great Wheelbarrow Race weekend 2013 , we could not have done it without you!
Thanks again

2013 Solo Race Winners and Record Holders Interview

Adventure Sport NQ have posted an excellent interview with the 2013 winners of the solo categories. Head on over to read the full interview.

 

Tales of a Wheely Mad Woman & a Wheely Mad Man! 2013 Wheelbarrow Race Solo Winners Interview with Sarah Warren and Chris White

2013 GWBR Record Breaking Results

Great Wheelbarrow Race has

record-shattering 10th anniversary

 

THE tenth anniversary Great Wheelbarrow Race which finished on Sunday has raised a jaw-dropping $461,000.10 for charity.

“That is a stunning result and just blows away the previous record of $153,000.” organising committee chairman and TRC deputy mayor Councillor Evan McGrath said.

“We had a record-breaking number of teams enter, we had records set all over the place in the race itself and then, when we totalled up the funds raised, we set this fantastic record.

“And the icing on the cake is that this year’s event was conducted in high spirits by everyone who took part.”

 

Councillor McGrath said the three-day event, which took competitors from Mareeba to Chillagoe in the footsteps of the district’s pioneers, had set an extremely high benchmark. “Even the weather helped out,” he said.

 

“While it teemed down at Almaden on Saturday night, that meant on Sunday the runners were not having to chew on any dust.”

 

The competitive side of the event saw outstanding efforts turned in, with six records broken.

 

“In the solo category, which surely is the toughest of all, Chris White smashed the existing record, pushing his wheelbarrow across 140 kilometres in just 14 hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds, taking a massive 1hour, 44 minutes and seven seconds off the previous best time.

“The outright record was broken by The Fit Bucks in a time of 7hrs.15mins.17sec, averaging a cracking 19.17 kilometres per hour.

“The Over 40s record fell to Rotary Team 1 in a time of 9hrs.18mins.46 sec. The Services record fell to A­rmy Razorbacks at 8hrs.2mins.38sec. And the record for duos was broken by Ebony and Ivory who completed the course in 11hrs.1min.33 sec.

“I have to commend all of the competitors, their support teams, event volunteers and the organising committee.

“Much of the preparation goes unseen but this weekend has shown the benefits of all the training, planning and organisation that has consumed so much time in the preceding weeks and months.”

“Dimbulah has a small population but on the Friday night they had more than 1000 people stay there. And then on Saturday night Almaden, with a population measured in two digits, had a similar population explosion,” he said.

“The benchmark has now been set at a very high level for next year’s race but I am sure the region is up to the challenge,” Cr McGrath said.

 

The Great Wheelbarrow Race is the reigning Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Award winner, in the Events and Tourism category. A DVD of this year’s massive event is in production and will be available for purchase shortly.

 Results included:

  • Charity fundraisers: IndieStructables $111,924.20 first, 65 Roses $90,037 second and Wheelie Mad Women $48,550 third.
  • Best theme: Mums On The Run 1, Muppets TRC2 2, Rotary 1 3.
  • Talent Quest: Dad’s Army 1, Amalgamated Pest Control 2, Rotary Albas 3.
  • Mixed teams: High Voltage 1, Too Legit To Quit 2, Muppets TRC 2 3.
  • Ladies teams: Natural Athletes 1, Wheelie Mad Women 2, Mums On The Run 3.
  • Men’s teams: The Fit Bucks (in an Outright Record) 1, Alba Crew 2, The Hung Backs 3.
  • Over 40s: Rotary Team1 (New Record) 1, Datum 2, Flying Barrows 3.
  • High Schools: Young Guns 1, St Stephens Sugar Rush 2, Useen Us Bolt 3.
  • Services: Army Razorbacks (New Record) 1, Hot Fuzz 2, Blue Lightning 3.
  • Duo: Ebony and Ivory (New Record) 1, Pinky and the Brain 2, Go No Duo (Donovan family) 3.
  • Solo: Chris White (New Record) 1; Sarah Warren (New Record for solo female) 2, Kate Johnston 3.
  • Overall winning team: The Fit Bucks.

WBR 2013 Full Results 1

WBR 2013 Full Results 2

 

Great Wheelbarrow Race Heads for 10th Anniversary

trcSHOE leather and tyre rubber is beginning to heat up as entries start flooding in for the 10th anniversary Great Wheelbarrow Race.

This iconic, award-winning event sees entrants race to push a wheelbarrow from Mareeba to Chillagoe – following in the footsteps and tyre tracks of the region’s hardy pioneers.

“This fantastic event has built up its own traditions of fun, of competition and community spirit and of raising really significant amounts of money for a variety of charity and community groups,” Race Committee chairman and Tablelands Regional Council Deputy Mayor Evan McGrath said.

“In the past two events alone, contestants have raised more than $274,000 which is frankly an amazing effort.”

“All of those things will again be part of the 140 kilometre-long event.

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“Another tradition is for new teams to come on board each year, and this time around McDonalds have picked up the handles of the wheel-barrow and joining in the adventure.

McDonalds will be raising funds for Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Palm Cove. The Retreat is part of the Ronald McDonald House program run by McDonalds in Australia for 31 years. Ronald McDonald houses provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children undergoing treatment.

Most families that stay at a Ronald McDonald House are from the country.

The Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Palm Cove provides a free holiday for families of children who have suffered serious
illness or bereavement.

The McDonalds organisation is also adding its support to the overall event, becoming a Silver Sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Great Wheelbarrow Race.

“Our event is the reigning Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards Winner in the Events and Tourism category,” Councillor McGrath said.

“It is very welcome to see it also being recognised by such a high-profile organisation with its own strong record of charitable community contributions.”

This year the Great Wheelbarrow Race will be held from 17-19 May and is expected to exceed all previous events.

Contestants race each other, either solo or in teams, while pushing a wheelbarrow the 140 kilometres between Mareeba and Chillagoe.

It celebrates the region’s pioneers, who frequently pushed wheelbarrows laden with their possessions to help open up the district.

“I understand there are international teams in training, its to be hoped they too will join in the adventure that is the Great Wheelbarrow Race,” Cr McGrath said.

Winners of the QLD Regional Achievement Award

The committee is proud to announce we are the winners of the Queenslad Regional Achievement Awards for Events and Tourism.

We would like to thank all those who make this great event possible every year.

The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2012 – Official Highlights

2012 Wheelbarrow Race to be Aired on Channel 7

Special TV program to be aired
The 2012 Great Wheelbarrow Race will be featured in a special half hour segment on Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender on Saturday 23rd June at 5.30pm. Tune in to see highlights of the race.

Results of 2012 Great Wheelbarrow Race!

Mareeba to Chillagoe Wheelbarrow Race 2012
Sorted by Fastest to Slowest Teams
TEAM NAME Total Time
The Fit Bucks (Record) 7:25:32
Pimp My Barrow 7:47:05
Team Chillagoe 8:01:53
Army Razorbacks (Record) 8:12:53
Flying Scotsman (TRC) 8:18:38
St Stephen’s Blitz 8:31:16
The Orunnertans 8:37:21
Freshwater Christian College 9:01:40
Indie-Structables 9:10:42
Dentists on the Run (JCU) 9:15:28
Hot Fuzz 9:20:41
Rotary Team 1 (Record) 9:27:38
High Voltage 9:28:02
Blue Lightning Speed Kills 9:30:00
Harvey Norman Hot Shots 9:31:59
Bad Boys 9:35:57
The Fighting Irish (TRC) 9:42:10
Mountain Goats 10:08:57
The Dream Team 10:10:54
Amalgamated Pest Control 10:11:12
JCU Silver Gems 10:13:52
Wheelie Mad Women 10:23:12
St Stephen’s Angels 10:29:27
Supporters of 65 Roses 10:35:46
Chillagoe Pininjilah’s 10:46:28
Bowhunters NQ 10:46:33
Mareeba PCYC 10:51:44
Abacus Angels 10:54:18
Dimbulah Divas 11:04:53
Ninja Turtles 11:08:17
Miles 4 Smiles 11:10:44
3 Dudes & 14 Boobs 11:35:42
Wheelie Mad Women (2) 11:39:31
Rotary Team 2 11:41:31
Curves 11:43:43
E = ma3                   (trio team) 12:02:17
Chillie Fillies 12:15:43
Natural Athletes 12:44:23
Team Chillagoe – Not So Serious 12:59:43
Happy Campers 13:07:07
Pirate Ducks 13:20:30
Dumb & Dumber 14:10:32
Bitumen Bee-Arches (Record) 14:40:04
Curves Too 14:59:43
Molly’s Angels 15:00:55
Dimbulah Divas Running Wild 15:07:32
Weaver 16:16:44
Andres Real 18:39:04
The Last Joker 20:17:19
Chillago Fossil 23:49:07
Byrnes Street Medical 23:59:59
El Bustardo DNF

Charity record smashed

Four Race Category records smashed

 

From the fast-finishing The Fit Bucks team to the courageous effort of 75-year-old Jon Booth, the 2012 Great Wheelbarrow Race had it all, with 52 teams crossing the finishing line at Chillagoe on Sunday afternoon.

 

Despite sore legs and tired muscles, the 600-strong crowd of competitors and support crews were in high spirits as they gathered in Chillagoe after the race to hear that the Cairns-based Fit Bucks were the overall winners of the 140km race.

 

The team put in a huge effort over the three-day event, finishing in the fastest time on every day, giving them the prestige of pushing the yellow wheelbarrow in each leg of the race.

 

On the leg from Dimbulah to Almaden (64km), Fit Bucks put in an outstanding effort, leaving last at Dimbulah and passing 51 teams to be the first team to cross the finish line in Almaden.

 

They smashed the record in the Men’s category, finishing the race in 7 hours 25 mins and 32 seconds.

 

Two other records were also broken – in the Over 40s category by the Mareeba Rotary Team 1, and in the Services category by the Army Razorbacks.

 

The Duo Ladies team, Bitumen Bee-Arches (Sonya Alba-Miller and Stephanie Inderbitzin), also broke the record in their category, recording a time of 14:40:04.

 

Huge Charity Effort!

 

Race Committee Chairman Alan Pedersen said the event was a huge success with 24 teams, who also competed for charity, smashing the record for fundraising.

 

“Between them, the 24 teams raised $144,861, which is just a fantastic effort for local charities,” he said.

 

The amount raised last year was just over $124,000.

 

The Great Wheelbarrow Race committee also donated $700 which was raised by raffling off a signed Cowboys jersey, generously donated by Coca-Cola Amatil. The money was presented to Tablelands Relay for Life who launched their event on Saturday night at Almaden.

 

The raffle brought the total funding raising efforts of the event to $145,561.

 

Wheelie Mad Women were the winners of the charity effort, raising $28,218 for FNQ Cerebral Palsy.

 

Other major fundraisers were Supporters of 65 Roses (for cystic fibrosis) who raised $18,020, Mareeba Rotary Teams 1 & 2 ($16,000), High Voltage ($10,840), Dimbulah Divas ($7600), Natural Athletes ($7000), Indie-Structables ($6000), and Chillie Fillies ($5780).

 

Talent Quest and Theme Award winners

 

Cr Pedersen said the teams enjoyed a fantastic night at Almaden on Saturday, entertained by Crackin’ Toe Jack, and some very talented competitors.

 

“There were about 900 people at Almaden and that’s a real boost to this very small community,” he said.

 

The Talent Quest in Almaden was hotly contested again this year, with Amalgamated Pest Control winning the event with their Rocky Horror Picture Show performance, followed by Harvey Norman Hot Shots, and Rotary Teams 1 & 2.

 

Amalgamated Pest Control also won the Best Theme award with their costumes that reflected the characters of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

The Chillagoe Fossil does it again!

 

The Chillagoe Fossil, Jon Booth, who turns 76 in a few days, was greeted like a hero in each town along the way and has vowed to do it all again – for the 10th time – next year.

 

“I have been in the wheelbarrow race every year so I don’t think I could miss that one,” he said.

 

Tablelands Regional Council Deputy Mayor Evan McGrath was given a round of applause on Sunday for the marshalling role he took on for Jon for the majority of the race, meaning the councillor also walked about 90km during the event.

Cr McGrath told the crowd that Jon had been feeling very sick on Saturday afternoon but refused to give up and courageously pushed on, managing to make it into Almaden about 5.30pm.

The winners of the Race Categories were:

 

Mens: 1st – The Fit Bucks (record time); 2nd – Team Chillagoe; 3rd – Bowhunters NQ (from Tully)

 

Ladies: 1stWheelie Mad Women; 2nd – St Stephens Angels; 3rd – Dimbulah Divas

 

Mixed: 1st – Pimp My Barrow; 2nd – The Flying Scotsmen (TRC team); 3rd – The Orunnertans

 

Over 40s: 1st – Rotary Team 1, who broke the record for this category for the second consecutive year; 2nd – Amalgamated Pest Control; 3rd – Abacus Angels

 

Schools: 1st – St Stephens Blitz; 2nd – Freshwater Christian College; 3rd – Bad Boys

 

Services: 1st: Army Razorbacks (51st FNQ Regiment); 2nd – Hot Fuzz (Cairns police team);  3rd – Blue Lightning Speed Kills (Mareeba police team).

 

Duos: 1st – Dumb and Dumber (David Ferguson and Michael Hoskin from Mareeba); 2nd – Bitumen Bee-Arches; 3rd – Dimbulah Divas Running Wild

 

Solos: 1st – Brad Weaver (high school teacher from Mareeba); 2nd – Andres Real; 3rd – The Last Joker (Samuel Lewis)

 

10th Anniversary coming in 2013!

 

Cr Pedersen said he wished to thank everyone involved in organising and running the event and paid particular thanks to sponsors who said were critical in funding the race.

 

“It was tremendous effort by everyone involved – we couldn’t have asked for better weather and there were no problems along the way, so the whole event went off without a hitch and we thank everyone who had a hand in making it happen,” he said.

 

Next year is the 10th anniversary of the race and organisers are expecting another record number of teams to contest the event.

 

Ends…….

‘Chillagoe Fossil’ ready to race

‘Chillagoe Fossil’ ready to break the 1000km mark in 2012 Great Wheelbarrow Race

When Jon Booth celebrates his 76th birthday a few days after the 2012 Great Wheelbarrow Race, he wants to also celebrate another milestone – breaking the 1000km mark.

Jon has competed in every Wheelbarrow Race since its inception in 2004, but ran the first two years as part of a team, and while he has competed in the past 6 races as a solo competitor, Jon has yet to reach the 1000km mark.

“I only counted the kilometres I ran with the teams for the two years and now as a solo competitor for the past six years, so I will break the 1000km mark this year,” he said.

Known as the Chillagoe Fossil, Jon has become somewhat of a hero to many young competitors who marvel at his courage in taking on the gruelling 140km race by himself.

Jon says he has been training about five times a week, but will start to push even harder in the next few weeks to get ready for the three-day event which is held from 18-20 May.

Jon will be one of around 450 competitors this year who take on the race from Mareeba to Chillagoe, with organisers reminding prospective runners to nominate for the race by 27 April.

Those who wish to nominate should go to the new website, www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com which contains all the information on the race – from photos and videos of past events, to race results and fundraising activities since the event began.

Participants can nominate and pay their entry fee on-line, as well as finding out all the rules and regulations of the event.

Categories include Teams (female, male or mixed) of up to 10 people, Solo competitors, Over 40s, School Students and Services (Police, SES, Firefighters, Defence Forces).

Nominations close no later than close of business on 27 April 2012. Teams are encouraged to register and pay online by going to www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com Forms can also be obtained from Council’s website at www.trc.qld.gov.au or from the nearest Council Service Centre.

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