Runners enjoy another Harrietville Half Marathon
A BIGGER than expected crowd turned out for the Harrietville Half Marathon on Sunday.
Organisers were concerned that this coming weekend’s Spartan Race would draw numbers away from the fun run, but almost 200 competitors made their way to Tavare Park for the event.
The 21.1km half marathon field was bigger than ever before with more than one-third of runners taking on the longest race distance.
The race was won by Melbourne’s Nick Earle for the third straight year and he again went even quicker, finishing in a time of 1hr11min18 sec.
Jessica Rothwell won her second Harrietville half marathon after claiming the inaugural women’s race two years ago, doing so in a time of 1:28:32 on this occasion.
The Alpine Valley champions in the half marathon were Mt Beauty’s Ben Derrick (third overall) and Bright’s Julie Blake who came sixth in the women’s field.
Robyn Downey said the day went off without a hitch and runners and walkers were treated with near perfect weather.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” she said.
“To get close to 200 participants was a great result when we thought entries would be significantly down because of Spartan.
“We did only have 45 entries in the 5km race which was the most popular distance last year with about 100 competitors but all the other distances were up including the half marathon which had 76 runners.
“Ten of those were runners completing the Alpine Trifecta and hopefully that number will be even more next year.”
Downey said the lead into Sunday’s races included a successful pasta party at Avalon House on Saturday night with former Olympian Bill Scott parting his wisdom on a large group of runners. PHOTOS: Graham Gales
LONG WAY: Natallie and Holli Amos make heir way through Germantown in the half marathon.
FINISH LINE: Harrietville’s Brianna Thomas completes the 5km race.