Cow joins with wizards for Round the Bays’ magic
It will be a day Bill Lomas will always remember.
The Herne Bay resident was among more than 70,000 people who ran or walked one of the hottest Ports of Auckland Round the Bays events ever as the temperature edged towards the mid-20s.
Around 42,000 registered for the event and proceeds from their entry fees will go towards Variety – The Children’s Charity, Make-A-Wish New Zealand, Cystic Fibrosis Association Auckland, Stand Tall, YMCA Auckland’s Camp Adair and Fairfax First Books.
The annual event is owned by the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media – parent company of the Auckland City Harbour News.
Fairfax chief executive Allen Williams joined official race starter mayor Len Brown at the beginning of the event and helped feed the masses afterwards, manning a barbecue at Madills Farm where thousands enjoyed after match refreshments and entertainment.
‘‘This has been another superb day in the long history of Round the Bays and we’re proud that it continues to be so popular. Having more people officially register helps boost the donations we can make to children’s charities, and this year over $120,000 will go to some great causes,’’ Mr Williams says.
Tony Gibson, chief executive of Round the Bays’ major sponsor Ports of Auckland, completed the 8.4 kilometres with fellow team members.
‘‘The spirit along the course was wonderful,’’ he says. ‘‘Everyone had fun whether they were serious runners, speedy walkers or taking it at a more leisurely pace.’’
Jono Jacson retained his winning title for the second year running, coming in at 26 minutes 39 seconds.
‘‘It was good to blast it the whole way and see who had it in the end. It was a classic race really.’’
The Auckland City Athletics runner shaved almost 2 minutes of his 2012 time.
Rees Buck from Wellington Scot- tish Athletics come in second with a time of 26 minutes 44 seconds and Tony Payne was third at 27 minutes 7 seconds.
American Becky Wade won the women’s title in a time of 28 minutes 59 seconds. Penny Peskett was second in 29 minutes 15 seconds, followed by Nicola O’Callaigh in 33 minutes 12 seconds.
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has donated $1.2 million to charity over the last decade.
Dressing up: Bill Lomas of Herne Bay ran Ports of Auckland Round the Bays in a cow suit.
Pure magic: Simon Underwood, left, and his mate Ben Collings, from the CBD, dressed as wizards for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.