Muddy fox on the run to raise money for Oxley and Milawa primary schools

COURSE TESTERS:  Murray Ellis, 5, and Rory Gibb, 6, led the way out of a trench built at Oxley Recreation Reserve. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

COURSE TESTERS: Murray Ellis, 5, and Rory Gibb, 6, led the way out of a trench built at Oxley Recreation Reserve. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Mud-filled trenches and tricky obstacles are waiting for competitors to chase a fox through Oxley.

The “fox” will be the leader in the Milawa Oxley Fox Run fitness challenge to be held Saturday as a fundraiser for the towns’ two primary schools.

A weekend working bee set up some new obstacles to build on last year’s water slide, hay bales and wine vat climbs.

The 2.5-kilometre, 5km and 7.5km runs were aimed at different groups, from fit competitors to young families.

Oxley Primary School principal Jeremy Campbell said preparations were on track despite recent weather and “the rain has helped us muddy up the course so it’s game on for a fantastic day”.

A good week of sunshine helped the Oxley Recreation Reserve site, which had been underwater a week ago.

Jeremy and brother Ash Campbell, the Milawa Primary School principal, worked in partnership on the fundraiser across town boundaries.

Ash said his school planned to build an amphitheatre-style outdoor area with a target to raise $20,000 by the end of the year.

“It’s about continuing to improve the environment for the kids,” he said. “I’ve never come across a group of like-minded parents, not just in the fox run, but the whole effort throughout the year.”

Details and registrations are at www.foxrun.org.au.

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