The Great Breakaways Bolt began as a casual conversation between two local Coober Pedy girls, Jayde Frew and Melissa Rosewarne.
“Jayde Frew’s initial idea which sparked the THE GREAT BREAKAWAYS’ BOLT, was to do a run to the Breakaways as a personal challenge, said Melissa Rosewarne”.
After an added suggestion that Jayde could secure sponsorship and donate the proceeds to a good cause, the chat between the two girls soon evolved into the idea of a marathon style fundraising event involving the whole community.
Early September became the target to coincide with Fathers Day, when traditionally the community get together for a special day to honour Dads.
Knowing that Tanya Lauder the Child Care Links Officer at the District Council of Coober Pedy was currently making all efforts to raise funds for a new playground in town, Jayde and Melissa put their idea to her.
After some consideration, Tanya Lauder organised for the event to become a Council driven initiative, for insurance and safety purposes. In consultation with OHS Officer, Michelle Riha, Jayde and Melissa carefully went over logistics, organised sponsorship, advertising and liaised with Transport SA.
Together the girls completed event management plans and risk assessments. Melissa and Jayde then set out to enlist and induct volunteers and so much more.
The event therefore jointly marked Fathers Day, together with a massive fundraising effort by the whole community in their long term goal towards achieving an enhanced playground for the Coober Pedy kids.
“A mere eight weeks later there we were at the Town Oval on the 5th September 2009, with 68 participants, (including lots of Dads) whom of their own accord went out and gathered monetary sponsorship for their nominated amount of kilometres; which were 5, 10, 15, 20 or the full 35km (all of which goes towards the building of the new playground.),” Melissa Rosewarne told us. “ In addition, we had 34 volunteers and an enormous quantity of community sponsorship plus a huge amount of community spirit”.
“After a small amount of mayhem we were on our way out to the Breakaways in a convoy of buses to begin what may now become an annual GREAT BREAKAWAYS’ BOLT”, added Melissa.
It was a perfect day topped off by early spring sun shine and a light breeze for the participants, who were enthusiastically on their mark and ready to BOLT from the Breakaways Lookout 1 by the designated time.
The GREAT BREAKAWAYS’ BOLT began with Mums, Dad, kids, teachers, the whole motley lot, either running, walking or riding, firstly down the main track from the Breakaways; the long trek past the dog fence and then all the way along the Oodnadatta Road towards Town, all hoping to score a win or a place in their category.
Safety stations manned by volunteers were located every 2.5km, all equipped with first aid, UHF/Mobile phones and most importantly water, powerade and fruit, all kindly donated by the Coober Pedy Miners Store.
Every 5km was a bus waiting to take all the participants into town once they had completed their nominated amount of kilometres.
As safety was a main priority we had a Safety Car and Port-a-loo (donated for the day by SLR Maintenance) and manned by the aptly named “Pooh Crew” travelling behind the last of the walkers. These were accompanied by the local Coober Pedy Ambulance Crew, with a Police Safety Vehicle also travelling behind the last of the runners.
“Thankfully, we did not have to utilise the Ambulance or administer First Aid at all during the event”, said Melissa, “however we did have some surprises throughout the day, namely Tim Underwood cycling on his Unicycle for 4km, 7-year-old Sebastian Clark completing the full 35km on his bicycle. Overall, the day was a huge success and we raised approximately 12,000.00 with more to come.”
Those who did the 35k distance then made their way back through Coober Pedy by way of Flat Hill Road, ending up once again at the gathering point on Oxiana Oval where everyone enjoyed Father’s Day celebrations with entertainment and a barbeque until 7pm at night.
On behalf of the organisers, Melissa Rosewarne, said, “We would like to thank everyone who participated in the ‘BOLT’ and generously raised money. You all went to such an effort and it has certainly paid off. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers. You were incredible!!
We hope all the participating Dads , their families and other friends will be up for the ‘BOLT’ again in 2010. Everyone is welcome to join us.”
Coober Pedy’s Mayor Steve Baines, who actively participates in all community functions, particularly where youth and families are involved, said, “THE GREAT BREAKAWAYS’ BOLT was such an invigorating and worthwhile community activity, that I’d like to see it continue and grow annually as an event synonymous with the town and it’s incredible community spirit”.
Steve who recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, ran the full 35km gamut and came fourth in the long distance run, We asked the youthful mayor how he endured this massive 35km distance so effortlessly as compared to jogging around the oval twice a week during training sessions with the Coober Pedy Saints Footy team.
Steve said ”I was spurred on by team partners, Patrick Larkin of SAPOL and Mark Bell, Coober Pedy Saints football player/local resident. I was able to keep up the pace, motivated by the fact that Patrick and Mark had fallen quite a distance behind. It was a great incentive to get to the final post before the two young fellows were able to catch up.”
“Mayor, Steve Baines expressed considerable praise for the thorough attention to detail given by the organisers of THE GREAT BREAKAWAYS’ BOLT and the Fathers Day Event.
“It must be heartwarming for the parents of these young people to see them grow up in the outback and be able to learn and implement these vital functions of care and safety for the community, which they conducted with great professionalism whilst providing an exciting and joyful day for everyone involved. We at Council are extremely proud of these young adults”, Steve said.
Checkpoint 2.5km & 25km
Checkpoint 5km & 27.5km
Checkpoint 7.5km & 30km
Karin Bell (Declan & Corey Bell)
Checkpoint 10km & 32.5km
Checkpoint 22.5km Priscilla Larkins
Support Vehicle 1- Pooh Crew
Support Vehicle 2 – Police Vehicle
Catacomb Bus – Checkpoint 5km & 20km
Umoona Health Bus – Checkpoint 10km
Joy Griffiths Bus Support
Umoona Community Bus – Checkpoint 15km
Town Oval Support & Bus
Adele Kenny , Sharyn Baines, Julianne Donnelly
Duncan McLaren & Megan Gum –Gates
Jayde Frew, Peter Kenny, Sharyn Baines, Judith Harrald, Julie Carmichael, April Grava, Tanya Lauder, Sophie Reynolds, Melissa Rosewarne, Janelle Inkster, Adele Kenny, Misty Mance, Terry Mackenzie
Participants: 5 Kilometre Run
Tania Lauder; Paul Leech
5 Kilometre Walk: Skye Staines; Steve Staines; Judy Underwood; Trish Turner; Joshua Carboni; Melissa Borrett; Jeff Bligh; Carolyn Bligh; Prue Clark
5 Kilometre Cycle: Macauley Clark; Giordan Staines; Corby Borrett; Emma Borrett; Alex Carmichael; Nicky Carmichael; Josh Underwood
10 Kilometre Walk: Vi Mance; Kevin Holland; Cassandra Holland; Miriam Kammermann; Kate McLeod; Trevor McLeod; Hayley Rudd; Megan Gum; Kristin Mance
10Km Cycle: Hanna Underwood. 15Km Cycle:Stacey Mibus
15 Km Walk: Sophie Reynolds; April Grava; Erin Quinlan; Joanne Bethern: Ella Marijanovic: Siobhan Meechan; Elsie Carbone
15 Km Run
Elise Matthews; Aaron Shakes; Philip Garforth
17.5 Km Walk
Julie Carmichael; Dave Bowman;
35 Km Walk
Wayne Jacobsen 1st – Time 4.43.00;
Fonzi Nagy 2nd – Time 5.30.00
35 Km Run
Grant Maxwell – 1st Place – Time 3.35.30;
Jayden Watts – 2nd Place – Time 3.41.00;
Warren Slater – 3rd Place – Time 3.47.30;
35 Km Cycle
Luke Kenny 35Km 1st Place – Time 1.49.38;
Chris Holder 35Km 2nd Place – Time 1.51.42;
Damien Clarke 35Km 3rd Place – Time 2.07.12
More highlights of THE GREAT BREAKAWAYS BOLT
Azharulla Kyrtzaliotis 1st Female Cyclist – Time 3.22.00; Peter Kyrtzaliotis 2nd Child Cyclist – Time 3.21.45; Arthur Kyrtzaliotis 1st Child Cyclist – Time 3.21.30
Dave Wallbank; Tania Curly Griffiths; Derek Rowe; Patricia Brown; Shirley Brown; Tim Underwood; Sebastian Clark; Nelly O’Toole;
Signs of life and signs of fatigue etc….