AVR runner Devine-Wright runs well in Australian Great Pyramid Race

PUBLISHED: 11:11 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:11 14 August 2013

AVR member Patrick Devine-Wright ran the Great Pyramid Race on Saturday, starting from the town of Gordonvale, near Cairns in Northern Queensland, Australia, writes Dave Mutter.

The race goes up to the summit of a nearby mountain, Walsh’s Pyramid that is 922m high and is reckoned to be the tallest pyramid mountain in the world - no shoulders or sister peaks, just straight up!

The race has been going since 1949 apparently, when two locals were stuck for something to do on a Sunday and, having had a few beers too many decided to challenge each other to a run to the top and back!

The race is run at 2pm in the afternoon, when the temperature was pushing 29 degrees and there were about 150 competitors this year.

The winner came home in about one hour and 29 minutes, promptly collapsed of heat exhaustion and was later taken to hospital for rehydration!

Devine-Wright ran steadily through the field to finish in seventh place, second male Vet in 1:39:00. Incredible weather for an Australian ‘winter’!

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