El Questro

Turia Pitt burns case: Race organisers deny liability

Racing the Planet’s organisers deny liability for horrific burns suffered by Turia Pitt and three other marathon runners.

Organiser Mary Gadams issued a statement denying liability for Ms Pitt’s injuries, sustained while competing in the 2011 El Questro event.

It also disputing the amount of the reported “out of court” settlement.

“RacingThePlanet believes it is clear that the fire that burnt Ms Pitt was deliberately lit and is very concerned that this has not been properly investigated,” the statement reads.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014 Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet to sue shire

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley says organisers of last year’s disastrous marathon have threatened legal action.

FESA and Tourism WA also told the ABC they fear Racing the Planet may sue them.

Several runners almost died when trapped in a bushfire while competing in the event at El Questro.

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 Business and finance, Environment, Government, Local Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet: Fire victims to sue

Badly burned runners plan to sue the organisers of the Racing the Planet marathon which almost killed them.

A parliamentary inquiry found the organisers did not take all reasonable steps to communicate with the shire or emergency services prior to the event which saw runners engulfed by a 2011 bushfire at El Questro.

PerthNow [read this story]

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet: Rescue pilot ‘no hero’

Helicopter pilot Paul Cripps says he is not a hero for helping rescue two marathon runners.
He had to rest a single helicopter skid on a small ledge at the top of  a cliff to rescue the two badly-burned women, who had been trapped in the difficult position by a bushfire.
PerthNow [read this story]

Helicopter pilot Paul Cripps says he is not a hero for helping rescue two marathon runners.

He had to rest a single helicopter skid on a small ledge at the top of  a cliff to rescue the two badly-burned women, who had been trapped in the difficult position by a bushfire.

PerthNow [read this story]

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Environment, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet: The long story

The Australian’s Kate Legge tells a detailed story of the ultramarathon that almost claimed four lives.

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012 Business and finance, Environment, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet ‘not to blame’ for burned runners

Racing the Planet CEO Mary Gadams said the company was not to blame for injuries suffered by marathon runners.

Ms Gadams gave evidence yesterday at a parliamentary inquiry into the bushfire that badly injured several competitors.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet CEO fronts inquiry

Racing the Planet CEO Mary Gadams gave evidence into the inquiry into the disastrous marathon bushfire event yesterday.

She described the event, in which several runners were almost burned to death, as a tragedy.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet ‘should give evidence’ says Premier

Premier Colin Barnett said he hoped Racing the Planet would cooperate with an inquiry into the bushfire disaster.

He said, if necessary, the police should lay negligence charges against the ill-fated marathon’s Hong Kong-based organisers.

The West Australian [read this story]

Yesterday runner Turia Pitt appeared at the parliamentary inquiry, heavily bandaged,to give her evidence.

Her lawyer said Ms Pitt and three fellow-competitors badly injured in the bushfire may sue the company.

The Australian [read this story]

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off
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