LEADING THE WAY: Ray Loakes set the pace as he crossed the line first.
LEADING THE WAY: Ray Loakes set the pace as he crossed the line first.

Ray takes run crown from seasoned runners

RAY Loakes probably wasn't expected to perform at the same standard as competitors three times his age.

But 11-year-old Ray was the first competitor to cross the line with a time of 22 minutes to be crowned the Duke of Gayndah.

"I did a bit of training for other stuff which has helped," Ray said

"I play football and tennis and have just started little athletics."

The run presented a number of challenges for the runners.

"The hill was probably the hardest part of the run," Ray said.

Lisa Baker who took out the title of Duchess agreed with Ray's assessment of the track.

"I've never done this run before," Mrs Baker said

"When you're running up that hill you keep thinking to yourself why am I doing this."

Mrs Baker has won the Gayndah triathlon twice in the past but this year was her first crack at the fun run.

"Now that I'm finished I can say it was a good challenge," Mrs Baker said.

Jody Crofts was another first time fun run competitor.

"I think everyone who has lived in Gayndah has walked up the duke and duchess hill once or twice," Mrs Crofts said

"There are a couple of other hills but it's not too bad."

Gayndah Swimming Club secretary Benita Darrow helped to organise the event this year.

"This is a really good turn out," Mrs Darrow said

"Despite this being a difficult little run."

The event was run from the entrance of the Gayndah swimming pool up to the top of the duke and duchess lookout and back again.

Competitors ranged from school kids to adults and everyone ran in the spirit of the event and had fun doing so.


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