Running through the weather

About 1600 people braved rain and wind for the city to surf fun run and walk today in an event that was still taking late entries says organizer Murray Fleming.

“We still has a very good turnout, in fact about 94 per cent of people turned up. We still had a few late entries on the day as well,” says Murray.

Caption: About 1600 people took a wet fun run walk from Tauranga to the Mount today. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

“Basically nothing dramatic happened which was really good for us because it was all managed. We’re very happy with that.

“We just made the call early that there would be no prize giving so people knew. And you have just got to make those calls early. And no one’s complained about that.

“So all of the prizes etc will just be sent out, so they are going to have an enjoyable experience, rather than standing round and shivering. There’s no need and no point in that.”

Plastic ponchos were popular. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

The Mainfreight City to Surf is an annual 12km and 5km fun run/walk event that is the largest fun run / walk in the Bay of Plenty.

First runners were all locals with Tauranga’s Craig Kirkwood seven seconds in front of Otumoetai runner Kyle MacDonald. Samuel Tanner Papamoa was third a couple of minutes later.

Cambridge runner Alice Mason is first woman this year with Auckland runner Margie Atthow second and Bethlehem’s Ali Wilson third.

All results are here.

Parkas and polyprop were also popular. Photo: Andrew Campbell.


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