Symmons Plains - 7 degrees - wind chill factor off the chart - a whole heap of primary school kids from all round Tasmania (according to the man on the microphone 1500 of the little tykes) - competing against each other in a 3km cross country.
But not all at once. They were put into age groups, about 200 in each race and then in shorts and t-shirt (brrr), off they ran!!
( our group of girls)
Sarra and Matilda were in the under 11s. Matilda came 122nd.
Sarra came 133rd. I didn't get the other girls as I was feeding Flynn in the nice warm car.
Check out the mud on the back of her legs.
And over the finish line.
And who did we run into but a certain teacher from Scottsdale Primary (hi Mum)
Jonty was more interested in playing in the trees, rather than staying in his seat.
And Flynn was a hit with the girls.
It was so bitterly cold but so worth it to see the proud look on Sarra's face as she heard me cheer her on as she ran past. These moments are priceless and when we look back, I won't remember how cold it was or how Jonty kept running to climb the trees or how when I was trying to take a photo Flynn was screaming in the pram and a random lady came up and rocked the pram for me and how I scurried back to the car to quickly feed him before Sarra's race.
All I will remember was that I was THERE, being part of an important event in my daughter's life. And I think that it was worth all the effort because sometimes as the oldest child, I place a lot of responsibility on her to help out and she sacrifices things for the younger kids and so it was good to shine the spotlight on her for a time.