Sprinters cashed up after race
GYMPIE’S under-12 and under-13 State Development Carnival came to a complete stop yesterday at the One Mile Ovals for the running of the 2010 Gympie Gallop.
Soccer balls came to a rest and Football Gympie’s two main fields lay bare as budding sprinters slipped on their spikes and prepared to battle it out over 100 metres for the prize money on offer.
A makeshift 100-metre course was marked out on the oval and spectators crammed the stands nearby, hoping to catch the best glimpse of the action about to unfold.
Cashing in on the opportunity was Brenten Thiele and James Quinn, who both now have $150 each of extra spending money thanks to their blistering pace.
Football Gympie secretary Pam Tindall said earlier in the week she was looking forward to the event being tied in with the club’s hosting of the State Development Carnival.
“It’s something different and we are looking forward to seeing who comes out winners on the day,” she said.
“It’s a big week for the club and this is just another attraction.”
The Gympie public took advantage of school holidays to attend the special event, eager to see athletes competing in a different arena.
Overall, age groups competing included 12-15-year-olds, in addition to divisions for youths and men.
The older age groups boasted some serious cash for winning sprinters – $250 for youths and a whopping $500 for men.
Adding to the atmosphere was having the youth and men’s finals, with no heats beforehand, held under lights following a small break with the resumption of carnival matches.
The 2010 Gympie Gallop only catered for male participants this year but organisers, in response to public demand, have moved quickly to signal intentions to open the door for female runners next year.