Fun run pop­u­lar again

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By STRUAN JONES

THE fourth Har­ri­etville Half Marathon was run on Sun­day with al­most 200 par­tic­i­pants en­joy­ing per­fect con­di­tions on the first day of day­light sav­ings.

Mt Beauty res­i­dent Ben Der­rick was a be­lated en­trant com­ing over the Ta­wonga Gap, yet fin­ished the 21.1km race in 1 hour and 21 min­utes to be the over­all win­ner.

Lisa Barry of Al­bury was the fastest fe­male, rac­ing home in an im­pres­sive 1 hour and 34 min­utes.

Run­ners of the 21.1km main event were taken through an aer­o­bic warm up by lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist Phebe Lis­ton, be­fore tak­ing off at 7.30am, rac­ing along the Great Alpine Road and fin­ish­ing at Tavare Park in Har­ri­etville.

The event was or­gan­ised by a lo­cal run­ning group with a pas­sion for health and well­be­ing, and pro­motes healthy ac­tiv­i­ties, fit­ness and lifestyle in the Har­ri­etville com­mu­nity.

“We got great feed­back, peo­ple said it was a re­ally beau­ti­ful course, lovely peo­ple at the end, and it was all green and sunny, with good sup­port along the way,” race or­gan­iser Robyn Downey said.

“So many peo­ple helped out on the day; the SES, Mt Hotham Ski Pa­trol, and we’ve had great help from coun­cil and the Bright Com­mu­nity Bank.”

Along with the half marathon, 10km, 5km, and 2km events were also ran.

The 10km race started from the Big Shed in Smoko, with run­ners pulling them­selves away from a much-ap­pre­ci­ated warm­ing fire pit.

The race started and fin­ished un­der large, hand-made start and fin­ish signs made from wool bags which gave the oc­ca­sion a truly com­mu­nity feel.

All pro­ceeds from the event will be do­nated to the Har­ri­etville Pri­mary School, which over the last three years has re­ceived $15,000 and helped fund a new workspace for mu­sic, art, drama, and play­group.

Many of the pri­mary school’s stu­dents now par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“Peo­ple are en­thused and are in­clud­ing it in their lifestyle now - es­pe­cially kids who had never thought of run­ning be­fore, and it can be com- pe­t­i­tive, too,” Ms Downey said.

It wasn’t all about youth, how­ever, with an older 60 plus age group cre­ated for this year to cel­e­brate el­derly fit­ness and health.

The old­est com­peti­tor was Har­ri­etville lo­cal, 75 year-old Betty Cas­tricum, who dusted off the run­ners and cov­ered 5km.

The race forms part of the ‘Alpine Tri­fecta”, and 18 run­ners were awarded spe­cial medals for com­plet­ing the race, af­ter run­ning the Mt Beauty (May), and Bright (April) half marathons ear­lier in the year.

Also recog­nised were the fastest lo­cal male and fe­male run­ners from the Alpine Shire, Ben Der­rick and Emma Lan­caster, who were awarded the per­pet­ual Alpine Val­ley tro­phies.

GOOD GO­ING: Al­bury’s Lisa Barry was the first fe­male across the line in the Har­ri­etville Half Marathon on the week­end.

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