600 pound the pavement for annual fun run

MORE than 600 locals donned their running shoes to compete in the 27th annual Get Fit Glenorchy Fun Run, held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in late July.

With the GASP! Boardwalk and River Derwent providing a spectacular back-drop on a pleasant winter morning, participants of all ages walked, jogged and raced in one of the three events.

Northern Suburbs Athletics Club president David O’Brien said this year’s event was once again “very successful.”

“We had excellent support from a number of schools including Bagdad Primary, Hilliard Christian and New Town High, who all entered large teams of students,” he said.

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

“We also really appreciate the support from event partners the Glenorchy City Council, TasWater, Tasmanian Road Runners, Hazell Bros, 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 12th time with a finishing time of 32 minutes 18 seconds.

Ben Covington placed second with Mark Hinder coming in third place.

In the women’s 10-kilometre event, Northern Suburbs Athletics Club member Meriem Daoui continued an outstanding season, taking out first place with an excellent time of 35 minutes 13 seconds.

Popular local runner Fiona Lennon placed second, with third place going to Jessica Schmidt.

The Running Edge five-kilometre event attracted the largest field and was won by northern suburbs athletes Phil McConnon and Mel Daniels.

Mr McConnon’s winning time was 15 minutes 27 seconds and was closely followed by the talented Ben Clifford and Thomas Wilson.

Ms Daniels, who has returned to competitive running following a break, stopped the clock at 19 minutes 37 seconds.

Gabby Wilson came in second and the promising Ambrosia Negri placed third.

Nearly 150 people battled it out in the two-kilometre event with Lachlan Sheen winning the boys race in a slick time of seven-minutes eight-seconds, closely followed by Lucas Atkinson and Ollie White.

The girl’s event was won by Northern Suburbs’ Emily Best in seven-minutes 17 seconds, with the Lennon twins, Jemima and Imogen, placing second and third.

Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith represented 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, compliments of Hazell Bros.

Bagdad Primary and Hilliard Christian were the lucky schools randomly selected for vouchers to purchase sporting equipment for the respective schools.

Caption: Around 600 locals took to the streets for the 27th annual Get Fit Glenorchy Fun Run.