DWAYNE Saunders, who recently moved back to Bendigo after some time outside of the region, has claimed the number one spot in the inaugural Bush Beer Mile.
The event attracted 10 hopefuls who vied to claim first place in the charity event.
Team member Travis Edwards said the final tally was still being counted, but the race was estimated to have capped off the year's fundraising efforts at about $1000 for children in Bendigo Hospital this Christmas.
The group Trails & Ales Bendigo, held the event with the hope of raising more than $500 for the Children's Ward at the hospital.
"We are going to take the money to Toyworld Bendigo to buy gifts for children in hospital,'' Mr Edwards said.
"That way we can support a local business as well.''
Saunders finished the race at the Spring Gully Bushland Reserve in nine minutes and 10 seconds.
Trails & Ales was originally formed in Albury, NSW in 2017 to unite a growing trail running community.
There are now three groups across Australia, including the one in Bendigo.
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