Champion runner heads to Cherbourg

READY TO GO: Zona Hussey-Smith and Sandra Morgan are ready for the Murgon to Cherbourg fun run.
READY TO GO: Zona Hussey-Smith and Sandra Morgan are ready for the Murgon to Cherbourg fun run. Katherine Morris

FORMER champion Australian marathon runner Robert de Castella will join the South Burnett and Cherbourg communities on the road to reconciliation.

Mr de Castella will join the Murgon to Cherbourg Ration Shed Fun Run on Sunday.

He first came to international attention when he won the Fukuoka Marathon in 1981 with a time of 2:08.18, the fastest time recorded for an out and back course.

He won gold at the 1983 world championship in Helsinki and gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and 1986 and competed in three Olympic Games.

Ration Shed Museum president Aunty Sandra Morgan said the event was for everyone in the community to take part in.

"The people of Cherbourg open their arms to welcome the people of Murgon, the South Burnett and beyond to walk and to run the seven kilometres in the name of friendship, in the name of hope, in the name of good health, in the name of new possibilities,” she said.

The fun run starts at Murgon Showgrounds at 8am. Buses will leave Cherbourg at 6.45am for check in at 7am.

Shuttles will run between Cherbourg and Murgon from 10am to 1pm.

In Cherbourg Memorial Park afterwards there will be food, games, stalls and dances.

Prizes will be given to first male and female to cross the finish line, primary and secondary girl and boy and senior male and senior female over 60 as well as best dressed team.

Registration fees range from $2 for children registered through their schools to $20 for adults and $50 for families.

Pensioners are $12 and children not registered through their school are $5.

Aunty Sandra said the registration cost should not put anyone off.

"Everybody is welcome to participate; if the costs are too high for you and your family, please tell us and we'll work something out,” she said.

All money raised goes towards the Ration Shed Museum and its work in education and reconciliation.

Water stations will be equipped with qualified health workers, toilet facilities, rubbish bins, water and orange pieces at three spots on the route.

Free health checks will be available at the end of the race

For more information go to /funrun or phone 41695753.

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