IT'S an honour bestowed only on the best - to be captain of the winning Running the Cutter team in Mt Morgan each year.
But Bouldercomb's Darren Bowman held the dubious honour this year as he proudly led the way for the Mt Morgan Newsagency.
What does it take to win such an event?
"You need to be able to run fast and drink fast, which is a strange combination," Darren said yesterday afternoon after a recovery nap.
"If they ever got rid of the drinking part, that would be regrettable. It would open it up to real athletes."
Darren had an advantage in that he'd already competed in the event half a dozen times and knew the course from pub to pub well.
Running the Cutter is a Golden Mount Festival traditon in Mt Morgan each year.
Historically, it is based on the miners getting a young fellow to run the cutting along the mine site to fill the billy can with beer for the workers' smoko break.
These days, the first person in the team carries the billy, which is the relay stick, to the first pub then has a drink.
"It runs from pub to pub," Darren said.
"Every pub on the mountain has a leg … we run, we drink and we pass the billy in teams of six.
"It's just for fun. I think we got lucky this year."
Two events take place each year, the juniors and seniors, with the juniors drinking lemonade instead of beer.
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