Athletes put through paces at annual fun run

THE 26th annual Get Fit Tas Glenorchy Fun Run, held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in July, attracted a record field of more than 700 participants.

People of all ages walked, jogged and raced during the three events, with the GASP! Boardwalk and River Derwent providing a spectacular backdrop on what was a mild winter morning.

Northern Suburbs Athletic Club president David O’Brien said this year’s event was the most successful yet.

“A highlight was the huge participation from Gagebrook Primary School with more than 60 students, parents and teachers enjoying the Northern Suburbs Athletic Club two-kilometre event,” he said.

“We also had 20 clients and carers from Mosaic Support Service in The Running Edge five-kilometre event.”

Mr O’Brien said he thanked the major event sponsors, Get Fit Tas, Pace Financial Services and The Running Edge, for their support this year.

“We also really appreciate the support from event partners, Glenorchy Council, Tas Water, Tasmanian Road Runners, The Old Woolstore, Lion Milk, Claremont Hotel and EPIC Events and Marketing,” he said.

Grant Page was victorious in the Pace Financial Services 10-kilometre event for the 11th time with a time of 31 minutes and 45 seconds.

Zane Carr placed second and Oliver Smith came in third.

In the women’s 10-kilometre event Northern Suburbs club member Meriem Daoui took home gold for the first time in 39 minutes and .06 seconds.

The Hobart teenager said she was delighted with her win, describing it as ideal preparation for the forthcoming Australian Cross County Running Championships.

Popular local runner Fiona Lennon came second and Kate Schwartz third.

The Running Edge five-kilometre event attracted the largest field and was won by Northern Suburbs athletes Phil McConnon (in the men’s event) and Mel Daniels (women’s).

Recording a winning time of 15 minutes and 44 seconds, McConnon was closely followed by the talented Sam Driessen and local Chris Sullivan.

Meanwhile, Daniels stopped the clock at 17 minutes and 32 seconds with Ebony Webb coming in second and Kelsey McNally third.

Nearly 200 people participated in the two-kilometre event with Jacob Gardner winning the boys’ race in a fast seven minutes and 19 seconds, followed by Lachlan Sheen and Blake Hooker.

The girls’ event was won by Rosa Coady with Avalon Forbes placing second and Matasebia Duggan third.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnson represented the council at the event and presented age group medallions to appreciative children in the two-kilometre event.

There were also two school prizes on offer courtesy of Hazell Bros.

Gagebrook Primary and New Town High were the lucky schools that were randomly selected for vouchers to purchase sporting equipment for the respective schools.

Caption: Callum Stevens leading Ebony Webb and Mel Daniels, followed by Oliver Smith during the Get Fit Tas Glenorchy Fun Run’s five-kilometre event.

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