Keen runners conquer hills
Hansen and Zipf claim titles in annual Gayndah event
DUKE: Maryborough’s Pete Hansen was named ‘the Duke’ after completing Gayndah’s Duke and Duchess fun run in the same time as last year, 19:32. their titles would extend to those who conquered the hills in an annual 21st century foot race.
This year’s winners were Mundubbera’s Sophie Zipf and Maryborough’s Pete Hansen, who replicated his 2013 time of 0:19:32.
“That mountain gets higher,” Hansen laughed.
“I stopped at the water station and Matthew (Duffin) was 100m behind me.
“I ran against that little boy in the Cane2Coral, and he chased me in the fun run.”
Matthew finished less than one minute behind, closely followed by Sophie Zipf keen to find out if she’d run a personal best.
“It feels good to win the Duchess; I’ve been training with Brittaney (Parr),” Zipf said.
“I like running the best – I prefer long distance.”
The pair train three or four times a week with hill runs, sprints and gym work and teamed up as ‘the Gigglepots’ the next day for a decisive win in their triathlon section.
Michael Davis, a visiting physiotherapist from Melbourne, said he signed on for the event at short notice.
“I met some people walking up there (the Duke and the Duchess); a mother and daughter getting their fitness up,” he said.
“I run a couple of times a week (and) have been running regularly for 20 years.”
With that warm-up behind him, Davis crossed the line in a time of 27:27, competed in the next day’s triathlon and said he looked forward to climbing the Bluff at Biggenden.