What a weekend it was for Mansfield Relay for Life

Representing the past was Deb Poole lighting a candle in memory of her mother

RELAY for Life 2015 in Mansfield was held over the weekend, and every minute of the 24 hour event was needed, just to fit in all the different weather conditions experienced.

With 13 teams and almost 200 registered participants starting on the Saturday, numbers swelled by an additional 60 people registering on the day, adding to the fantastic atmosphere at the Mansfield Showgrounds.

Commencing at midday, Irene O’Meara cut the ribbon for the opening ‘Survivors and Carers’ lap, after which all the teams piled onto the track for their opening lap to commence 24 hours of walking for cancer research and support.

It was a very eventful 24 hours, with mother nature throwing everything at the intrepid walkers, including blazing heat, humidity, then a brewing storm which delivered gale force wind, a massive thunderstorm, and rain.

Organisers were forced to call a halt at 9.40pm on Saturday night due to the danger with shards of lighting crashing down around the hills.

Conditions finally eased, and the event resumed several hours later.

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