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.