Run­ners en­joy another Har­ri­etville Half Marathon By JUSTIN JENVEY

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Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

TEAM­WORK: Two of the youngest com­peti­tors Hunter Scholten and Jack­son Mallinder make their way to the fin­ish.

FIN­ISH LINE: Har­ri­etville’s Bri­anna Thomas com­pletes the 5km race.

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