FUN and participation were the order of the day at yesterday's annual Westbury Fun Run and Walk and Meander Valley football players were flying the club colours.
Captain Alex Wadley wore the club jumper and a smile, as did fellow player Brett Jarman.
But Jarman went one better with a tartan beanie and false red hair, which he almost lost at the start, such was his initial burst of acceleration.
Organising committee chairman Malcolm French said that the Rotary Club of Westbury ran the event to raise money for its community projects and to help food distribution charity Second Bite.
``The Lions Club does the catering so everyone gets a bit out of it,'' he said in the relative quiet of the Westbury sports ground, after the departure of about 300 participants who left en masse for the four and eight-kilometre events.
``That number is up there with our best years.''
Devonport's Simon and Angela Spaulding and daughters Ella, 9, and Matilda, 5, competed as a family unit and there were a number of mothers who accompanied young sons around the course _ although ``accompanied'' was probably the wrong word for two families.
Two nine-year-olds, Lachlan Bussey, of Birralee, and Ben Grose, of Launceston, finished well ahead of their mothers _ whose names were withheld to avoid sarcastic digs at work.
Ben's brother, Dominic, 11, also finished well clear of mum.
Mr French said he expected the day to raise about $2000.