Volunteers Geoff Farmer and Lester Lamb help out at the Killarney State School P&C; Border Ranges Trail Bike Ride and, TOP RIGHT: The Scenic Gem of the Downs turned into a tent city for the big event.
Volunteers Geoff Farmer and Lester Lamb help out at the Killarney State School P&C; Border Ranges Trail Bike Ride and, TOP RIGHT: The Scenic Gem of the Downs turned into a tent city for the big event.

Riders turn on thrills and spills

THE 2012 Killarney State School P&C Border Ranges Trail Bike Ride was held last weekend with around 100 riders taking to the open track, with 155 novice riders riding the novice track and 31 budding riders taking too the peewee track.

Saturdays ride saw the open ride cover the border ranges around Acacia creek and Spring Creek with muddy conditions adding to the thrills for the riders.

Spectators enjoyed some great spills as riders took on the hill climb at Spring Creek.

Visiting riders and locals enjoyed some entertaining riding as around 30 riders competed in the endure cross in the rodeo arena on Saturday night.

Sunday saw the riders travel across the border down through Flagstone, Oakey Hill and back to Killarney.

Mermaid Beach visitor Damien Ticehurst who has been attending the Killarney State School P&C Border Ranges Trail Bike Ride for past 5 years was the lucky winner of the raffle being a CRF250 Honda Trail Bike donated by top two Motorcycle.

Bike Ride Committee president Woody Dunkley thanks all that help with the weekend.

Woody said there is a lot of work that goes into making this event happen and then on the weekend it just as busy with registrations, sweep riders, retrieve crews along with the help of the QLD Ambulance Service and Killarney First Responders and SES to help with injured riders.

Mr Dunkley makes a special thanks to the landowners for allowing the ride to go through their properties as without these landowners such an event could not happen which is the major fundraiser for the Killarney State School P&C Association along with benefits to the Killarney Rec Club, SES, Rural Fire Services, QAS and RACQ CareFlight.

Meanwhile, the Killarney Walkie Talkie Group visited Stanthorpe for its inaugural day out recently. Group co-ordinator Sonya Carr said around 20 members of the Killarney Walkie Talkie went on the outing where they visited Vincenzo's, Cheese Factory, the lookout and had a walk around Quart Pot Creek park.

Sonya said the group are looking at more outing to include Cunningham Gap Park, The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Glengallan Homestead. Mrs Carr said thanks the Queensland Health Service who sponsored the trip to Stanthorpe. The Killarney walking group meets each week for walks around Killarney and can be seen in their bright red T-shirts.


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