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Hay runners keen to deliver

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February 01, 2018

Frank Fitzpatrick and Bill Batty prepare for a hay run to south-west QLD on Australia Day.

Frank Fitzpatrick and Bill Batty prepare for a hay run to south-west QLD on Australia Day.

Frank Fitzpatrick and Bill Batty prepare for a hay run to south-west QLD on Australia Day

Kialla’s Frank Fitzpatrick, who travelled with the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners last year for the first time at age 76, has done it again.

Mr Fitzpatrick, along with Gippsland’s Bill Batty, left from Tallygaroopna on the eve of Australia Day with 12 square and 18 round bales of hay, on the long trek to Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland, from where they planned to distribute hay to towns across the state.

‘‘We will camp there and on Saturday morning will be given stations to deliver it to,’’ Mr Fitzpatrick said last week.

‘‘It could be 200 to 300km out or further.’’

Mr Fitzpatrick, who was participating in his second hay run, said he enjoyed last year’s run and wanted to go again.

‘‘It was a terrific trip last year and I thought I had another trip in me.’’

Mr Fitzpatrick and the other runners travelled 900km in 12 hours on Australia Day.

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