MOST of us would like the chance to run around a shop and choose whatever we would like for free.
And most of us would think this would never happen, but the first prize of the raffle conducted by Third Hand in conjunction with the High Country Festival Half Marathon allowed the winner to do just that – in the Foodworks Supermarket.
The winner this year was Margaret Adcock, who generously decided to pass all the goods, with the exception of three or four for herself, to the St Vincent de Paul Society – and at this time of the year these goods would be particularly welcome.
But full marks to Mrs Adcock for thinking; she was aware she would not be able to run around like the young-uns so she chose a substitute runner.
As a mother of four young girls Jodie Allen makes supermarket runs possibly more often than most, so she was well able to fill the bill for Mrs Adcock.
An additional complication was the television coverage of the event by Channel 10, which required several reruns of the start to make sure the highly spirited runner was completely in the frame.