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History of the Border Run (and "The Pudding")
In 1976, Bear and Eric lived in Western Australia, although Eric had decided to move to better pastures in South Australia. Not long before Eric left WA, dinner was organised in Bear's place and Eric showed up with a Big Sister self-saucing pudding for dessert. Unfortunately, after much libation, the pudding was forgotten, dinner was consumed and the weary friends parted company after making arrangements to catch up.
The following year, Bear and Eric decided that if they wanted to catch up and have a beer, they needed a place that was relatively close to both of them. As they lived in states that shared a border, the best place to catch-up would be the newly built pub at the WA/SA border. As the venue was decided, all that was needed was a date. After much discussion, it was decided that the first weekend in August would be an ideal time as it's not too hot and not a lot happens in August anyway.
Word soon spread among the faithful in WA and not only was this to be a catch-up for Bear and Eric, others decided to go along for the ride. So, on August 6th/7th 1977 the first Border Run happened. Present at the first Border Run were: Bear; Eric and Sandra; Boomer, Goldie; Pat Henderson; Catherine; Joan; Murray and; John.
Prior to leaving Perth, Bear located the pudding and decided to take it out to the Border and have it for dessert one night. Fortunately, The Pudding didn't get eaten and, to this day it still travels Australia by motorcycle.
Since that first Border run in 1977, a year has not gone by without the Border Run happening and some 350 people have attended from every State and Territory in Australia.