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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Day 1 of Big Red Run 2014

At 7:10am this morning athletes started to gather outside the Birdsville Hotel in Western Queensland, for the start of the 2014 250K Big Red Run and the 150K Little Red Run, in order to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood. It affects over 122,300 people in Australia alone and is caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body's ability to produce insulin. Insulin allows the body to process sugar to create energy - without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food. 

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Todays 42.2K’s was the first leg of 6 days running over sand dunes and across the gibber plains. Tonight’s camp and finish line is at the base of ‘Big Red’ The first of the big sand dunes outside of Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Athletes were pushed along by a strong tail wind most of today, making life a little interesting for some of the support crews as they battled to erect the tents and marque’s for the checkpoints and tonights camp ground.
Some runners are showing signs of plenty of training and some are showing blisters and hot-spots causing some minor discomfort. At the time of writing, there have been no reports of any injuries, and all competitors are expected to be ready for another 42.2K tomorrow.

When the author left the finish line around 2pm*, we had about 20 people across the line. Andrew MacPherson took line honours today with an excellent effort of 4 hours 20 minutes. 

The following are un-official results from both the Big Red Run and Little Red Run, and includes only the first 10 to cross the line. (full results will be published as soon as we practically can.)

Place Name Time (HH:MM)
1 Andrew MacPherson 4:20
2 Dan Casey 4:42
3 Wayne McMurtrie 5:02
4 Phill Dernee 5:05
5 Sandy Suckling 5:06
6 Anne Ziogos 5:20
7 Matt Rolfe 5:24
8 Luis Fowler 5:24
9 Matthew Raso 5:35
10 Paul Griffiths 5:37


* We have a long trip back to Birdsville to bring you these updates, although we might get the occasional update out, directly from the first nights camp, the extra video’s, emails and photos are being carried back to Birdsville so you can hear what is happening.

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