Keen run­ners con­quer hills

Hansen and Zipf claim ti­tles in an­nual Gayn­dah event

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

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