Long time between laps

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MORE than 400 people pounded the pavement during the 30th Hazell Bros Glenorchy Fun Run held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, in what was the first significant Tasmanian fun run since early 2020.

Participants of all ages walked, jogged and raced in either the 10, five or two kilometre event.

Race directors Tony Sansom and Anita Welsh said the need to manage COVID-19 responsibly put extra pressure on everyone.

“It was also clear that participants had heeded our COVID-19 messaging about social distancing, as well as ‘arrive, participate and leave’, which was very pleasing,” they said.

“We really appreciate the support from event partners, the Glenorchy Council, Tasmanian Road Runners, Lions, and EPIC Events and Marketing.”

The managers also thanked the major event sponsors – Hazell Bros, Steeline Tasmania, Pace Financial Services and The Running Edge – for their support this year.

The Pace Financial Services 10-kilometre event attracted the best field in many years, with talented junior Sam Clifford winning the men’s race in a time of 30 minutes and 16 seconds.

2019 winner Nick Earl finished second with Ben Covington in third place.

Tasmanian Olympian Millie Clark set a course record, winning the women’s event with a time of 33 minutes and 34 seconds, while Meriem Daoui finished second and Kylie Smith in third position.



The Running Edge five-kilometre event attracted the largest field in a tightly contested race.

OVA’s Robert Elkerton was the winner with a time of 15 minutes and 18 seconds and was closely followed by Thomas Wilson and 15-year-old Haney Makonen from New Town High School.

Ella Atkins was victorious in the women’s race with a time of 18 minutes and seven seconds, with northern suburbs runner Emily Best in second and Jemima Lennon in third.

In the Steeline Tasmania two-kilometre event Violent Owen won the girls race with a time of seven minutes and three seconds, followed by Caitlin Terry and Tess Stansfield.

The boy’s event was won by Isaac Dixon in seven minutes and six seconds, with Henry Forbes second and Ashton Ford third.

Northern suburbs locals David Cresswell and Mike Pace have been involved in the event every year.

Mr Pace was the joint founder of the Glenorchy Fun Run in 1991 and is still a supporter through his company, Pace Financial Services.

Glenorchy Fun Run stalwart Mr Cresswell, who is 72-years-old, has participated in all 10-kilometre editions of his local club race, which equates to 30 runs, and was presented with the number one race bib in recognition.

The organisers said it was great to see the community continue to support the event.

“This was a true community event with many volunteers from athletics in place to ensure that everything ran smoothly – there were many positive comments from participants acknowledging their important contribution,” they said.

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