All the colour of the big day


OLYMPIAN Brett Robinson didn’t know if he’d be able to de­fend his 2016 Sun­day Mail City-Bay Fun Run ti­tle be­cause of a bro­ken leg.

Robinson went back to back in the men’s race, with a strong tail wind pro­pel­ling him to fin­ish in just 35:40.

The 26-year-old, who fin­ished 14th in the 5000m at last year’s Rio Olympics, has only been back run­ning for five weeks after he suf­fered a stress frac­ture in his fe­mur.

The lengthy re­cov­ery time meant he only de­cided to take part in the City-Bay on Mon­day.

“I got it in March and it just wouldn’t heal. So four months with pretty much a bro­ken leg,” he said.

“I think it’s just down to cross train­ing, I stayed re­ally fit. I’ve kind of come back at the same level re­ally.”

South Aus­tralian marathon run­ner Jess Tren­gove clinched her third City-Bay ti­tle, with a per­sonal best time of 39:03 see­ing her fi­nally add to her 2010 and 2011 wins.

“This is a dream come true. I ab­so­lutely love the City-Bay event and to be able to run with the home crowd, the day is just beau­ti­ful and I’m so happy with the re­sult,” she said.

City-Bay or­gan­iser Joe Stevens said the tail­wind and sun­shine made for an­other spec­tac­u­lar event, but de­tails would be re-eval­u­ated after a de­cline in par­tic­i­pa­tion over the past few years.

About 26,000 run­ners and walk­ers took part in the sun­drenched race - well be­low the record 40,000 turn-out it at­tracted five years ago.

An­other South Aus­tralian, Olympian race­walker Claire Tal­lent, was the first fe­male walker to cross the line.

It capped a suc­ces­ful race for the Tal­lent’s, with her hus­band Jared the first male walker across the line.

Re­turn­ing to com­pe­ti­tion for the first time since the birth of the cou­ple’s four month-old son Har­vey, Claire in­sisted she hadn’t been slowed down by the preg­nancy.

“I’ve found the tran­si­tion re­ally easy. I kept very ac­tive through­out the preg­nancy and just felt a lot bet­ter when I was out be­ing ac­tive,” she said.

Among yes­ter­day’s run­ners was El­iz­a­beth Downs man Ash­ley Quist, who com­pleted the 12km race in a pink tutu.

Mr Quist was mo­ti­vated to run to raise aware­ness about de­pres­sion after his father took his own life.

“I was try­ing to raise money for be­yond­blue and I fig­ured if I couldn’t raise the money I may as well make some­one smile,” he said.

STOKED: Kevin Fer­gus­son wheel­ing Sid James down Jetty Rd, about to cross the fin­ish line in Glenelg yes­ter­day.


RE­PEAT: Jes­sica Tren­gove crosses the fin­ish line.

LO­CAL: Sun­day Mail Ed­i­tor An­drew Hol­man presents a tro­phy to the first South Aus­tralian man to cross the line, Ri­ley Cocks.

WIN­NER: Brett Robinson crosses the fin­ish line.

READY, SET: Two com­peti­tors en­joy the fun of the day.

FUN...RUN: Run­ners at the start line yes­ter­day and, be­low left, Sam Furler goes wild and Ben Lewis chan­nels Elvis.

ALL FIRED UP: Sarah Chig­wid­den, Re­becca Thomas and Laura Chig­wid­den.

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