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Willaura Farm to Pub for bushfire appeal

Profits from an annual Willaura Farm to Pub run on February 22 will go towards a Red Cross Bushfire Relief Appeal.

The 17th anniversary of the Sandy Lane run will return to a farm on Taits Road, where the event started.

Organisers have encouraged people to take part in the event by running, riding or walking along a designated route that finishes with a meal and entertainment at a ‘Pop Up Pub’ at Willaura Recreation Reserve.

Event spokeswoman Heather Fleming said this year’s event would feature a format change, with a handicap system no longer in place.

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“Participants in the 16-kilometre run and ride and eight-kilometre run will still be timed,” she said.

“So, forget the number crunching and soul searching involved in volunteering your expected times, and instead focus on the beast that is Sandy Lane.

“Glory goes to all who finish, whether it is in the 16-kilometre ultimate challenge, or the five-kilometre day out. It will be a good opportunity to get some exercise, catch up with friends and be part of a fun afternoon.”

Mrs Fleming said the bushfire appeal was a worthy cause for the event.

“Many of us will never forget the kindness and generosity of the Red Cross and its volunteers when the Grampians fires of 2006 impacted so ferociously on our district, and now it’s our time to pay them back,” she said.

Online registrations close on Sunday, however participants can register at the recreation reserve on Delacombe Way from 3.30pm on the day.

All participants must check in at the reserve before they head out on the run, ride or walk.

Christians Bus Service has again provided a bus and driver and organisers have encouraged people to take up an offer of a free ride from the reserve to the starting point.

Proceeds from a major raffle will go towards Beyondblue.

Mrs Fleming said AFL had donated four reserve tickets to the preliminary final at the MCG.

“Exercise won’t be your only reward. The recreation reserve committee will have the bar open from 4pm, and meals available from 5.30pm,” she said. 

“There will also be entertainment with an adult-sized jumping castle and mini-golf, free for all.

“Of course, if you don’t feel you can manage the run-walk side of things you can still be involved by helping our very small organising committee on the day. 

“There are a variety of jobs that need doing, and there will be something for everyone. 

“Please call Lisa on 0429 447 502, or Heather on 0428 541 328 if you have an hour or so you can spare. Your generosity will be  much appreciated.”

Mrs Fleming said people seeking more details or to register could go to website  or visit ‘Sandy Lane’ on Facebook. 

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