Gaol breaks out for Barrowthon

web barrowthon beechworth primary 0690PUSH-UPS: Beechworth Primary School’s ‘Small but mighty’ Barrowthon team – including Archie Balzer, William Mace, Ruby Hartvigsen, Maya Hartvigsen, Dorian Ellis, Heidi Ellis, Oli Neil, Matthew Mace, Abbey Cagalj, Haruto Tokuda, Max Pfahlert, Luke Balzer, Claudia Neil, Huston Mandeville, Sophie Christesen, T’Leah Romero and Charlie Pieper, among others – is looking to raise $2500 this weekend. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

TEAMS in the third Beechworth-Mount Buffalo Barrowthon will push off on Saturday for a wonderful and quirky two-day towards the old mountain’s chalet to raise money for many numerous causes.

The event commemorates a wager in 1935 between Beechworth publican Sid Evans and mechanic Tom Parkinson that one wouldn’t be able to push the other in a wheelbarrow to the top of Buffalo within eight days.

They made it – and the achievement won international newspaper headlines and marked the first use of a barrow pushed on a pneumatic rubber tyre.

Beechworth organiser Guy Wilkinson said the modern Barrowthon enabled community and other groups to raise funds for 21st century causes and on Sunday 700 people flocked to Old Beechworth Gaol to preview the event, organised by Jerun Terlaak, and celebrate collaboration.

Guy said the Barrowthoners would love people to join the teams for Saturday’s start outside Beechworth Bakery in Camp Street at 7am.

He said 20 teams had registered to take part, including several school groups.

Beechworth Primary School’s ‘Small but mighty’ Barrowthon contingent numbers 30 kids working in about five teams.

School vice-captain Oli Neil said interest among students in making a second push for the mountain had developed “sort of like a chain reaction”.

Yackandandah Primary also has a Barrowthon team of about 75 participants.

“But it’s not a race,” Oli said.


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