Focus on the Land
Celebrating three decades of the ‘Quarter’
Monday, October 29, 2012
Suburban streets turned into a race track for the Gisborne Herald Quarter marathon yesterday morning as 1100 people either walked or ran the five or 10.5 kilometre route.
The race started and finished at Marina Park, with first to the line Tayler Reid, who ran the 10.5km in 35 minutes 33 seconds.
First woman was Patricia McBreen, with a finishing time of 45 minutes and 21 seconds.
It was the 30th year of the event started by the Gisborne Walkers and Runners Club in 1982.
Sport Gisborne has managed the race for the past six years ago and CEO Brent Sheldrake said he was “really impressed” this year with the participation of students from local schools.
Special mention was made of Ilminster School, with 223 students entered. Leading the primary schools was Mangapapa School with 42 entries, followed by Te Wharau with 30.
A couple of years ago the price for students was dropped from about $7 to $3 to boost the numbers. Mr Sheldrake encouraged students who entered to talk to others at their school to get involved next year.
Winners of the under-16s category were Malcolm Marfell for the boys, in 39.59, and Ashley Donaldson for the girls in 49.28. Winning the under-12s section was Luke Sainsbury in 45.58 and Briana Irving in a time of 46.54. All ran the 10.5 kilometre route.
Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society was the recipient of this year’s donation of $2000.
Accepting on behalf of the society, Nona Aston took the opportunity to encourage the crowd to enter the Relay for Life event in March.
Businesses were also there in large numbers, with Indevin leading the entries with 85 workmates, followed by Tairawhiti District Health with 42 entries and Central Football with 41.
A prizegiving followed the race, with about 100 spot prizes given out as well as some big prizes including a treadmill from DTR, VIP tickets to this year’s R and V event, a harbour view room at Portside and beauty treatments at Emerald Beauty Spa.
The Gisborne Herald has been the title sponsor of the event for the past 11 years, taking over from Best Friend Pet Foods who were second in line after the original title sponsors Lockwood Homes.
From left are Stephen Sheldrake, JJ Vorster, race winner Tayler Reid and Dan Corrin. Picture by Dave Thomas
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