Kieran Ryan and Indy Calvert sprint to the fi nish line.ARARAT – Despite the frosty weather it was a warm atmosphere at Richardson Oval on Sunday for the 2012 Mother’s Day Classic.

A crowd of more than 300 donned pink apparel and took part in either an eight kilometre run or four kilometre run/walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Mother’s Day Classic committee member Julie Kilpatrick said although numbers were slightly down on previous years, more than $3,000 was raised in the lead up and on the day.

“Registrations were just down on last year due to the weather, but the way we look at it was that there were a lot of passionate people who came down for various reasons including to honour a loved one or support someone who is going through it at the moment,” she said.

Ararat West Primary School skipping team and local band Parso and Dave kept the crowd entertained on the day, while breast cancer survivor Helen Tucker took part in the formalities before the Classic began.

“It was also great to have Helen read the dedication prior to the commencement of the event,” Ms Kilpatrick said.

“This is a formality that takes place at each event every year and is followed by a minute’s silence, which once again is a very touching experience for everyone, it is a chance to remember those that have been affected by breast cancer.

“We always like to get somebody that has gone through the battle to assist with the formalities. There are plenty of people in the area that are affected by breast cancer.

“There was one lady who ran the four kilometres who had lost her mum last year to breast cancer and she was emotional when she crossed the line, but really proud that she did it for her mum.”

Former Ararat runner, Paul Fenn, who now trains at the Australian Institute for Sport in Canberra was first across the line in the eight kilometre race.

Rachel Murphy was the first lady to finish, while in the four kilometre race Zander Laidlaw was the men’s winner and Robyn Curnow the women’s.

Organisers of the Mother’s Day Classic thanked all the sponsors and volunteers for there generous support on the day.

For more pictures of this year’s Mother’s Day Classic – See page 16.

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