Maidenwell Run madness
Running: At no other running festival in the world will you hear the rattle of a cowbell signal the end of a marathon.
But at the Maidenwell Easter Running Festival last weekend, that is exactly what participants were greeted with on the home straight.
Co-organiser Dean Cullen took particular pride in the distinction, but it was not just the cowbells that made the Maidenwell meet unique.
"It's very different to your coast runs where there's lots of people and you're on a time frame,” Cullen said.
"The beauty of running in the country is you're not worried about the other people, you can just get out there and enjoy yourself.
"There's no other running event where kids are allowed onto the track. There's nothing better than having their daughter on the microphone saying "go Daddy” - you don't get that anywhere else.”
Cullen praised the all-inclusiveness of the weekend, bringing runners from as far afield as South Australia to Maidenwell.
"The local support was fantastic, everything went really well,” Cullen said.
"We had the markets on Sunday and the bull ride Sunday night - some camped in Maidenwell for five nights, which meant five nights worth of money into the community.
With its third year done and dusted, and the cowbell cry spreading to global events such as the Boston and New York Marathons, Cullen is already excited for next year.
"I think we're doing really well, and it's only a matter of time before big numbers starting arriving in Maidenwell,” Cullen said.