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Mates Canter Into Town

ON THE RUN: Running into Boyup Brook and clocking up 440kms are Mal Johnston, Paul Omodei, Heath East, Anthony Stubberfield, Tim Lyster and Wayne Barnden.

Six runners from the Manjimup district entered Boyup Brook as part of the Mate’s 500 Relay Team on Thursday, March 24.

Paul Omodei, Heath East, Anthony Stubberfield, Tim Lyster, Mat Johnston and Wayne Barnden (all prominent names in the Lower South-West Football League) entered Boyup having run 440 kilometres of their 500km journey.

They had started in Nannup and ran through Pemberton, Rocky Gully, Cranbrook and Kojonup before Boyup.

Early starts were the order of the day, they said. The runners and their hard-working support crew up were well before sunrise to set off each day.

The Boyup Brook Football Club was proud to host such a significant event.

The beneficiaries from the run included the Regional Men’s Health Initiative and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The runners’ evening in Boyup Brook was a great success with many guest speakers.

Each runner spoke of how he had trained for the gruelling event. At times they needed to run 27km in a day.

Paul Omodei spoke about prominent district footballers helping to promote the health awareness message to men in regional areas. He talked about how a fishing trip during the summer with some mates led them to this race, and spoke about his inspiration coming from Hawthorn legend Shane Crawford’s run last year.

After the speeches a number of items were auctioned – which included a Glen Jakovich-signed Eagles jumper, as well as a Jason Akermanis-signed Brisbane and Western Bulldogs jumper.

The Mate’s 500 Relay Team -runners and t support crew thanked club president Tristan Mead for hosting such a wonderful event.

The following day they left early for the culmination of their race into Manjimup.

Source: Donnybrook – Bridgetown Mail

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