Round the Bays run­ners boost funds for char­i­ties

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Seven char­i­ties will get a share of $150,000 raised at this year’s Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run.

Ra­dio Lol­lipop, Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis As­so­ci­a­tion Auck­land branch, Crohns and Col­i­tis New Zealand, Kid­sline, The Hear­ing House, Raukatauri Mu­sic Ther­apy Cen­tre and Fair­fax First Books will all ben­e­fit.

The an­nual 8.4km event is co-or­gan­ised by the Auck­land Jog­gers club and Fair­fax Me­dia, pub­lisher of the Cen­tral Leader.

It was held on Sun­day and or­gan­is­ers say of­fi­cial reg­is­tra­tions came to nearly 35,000.

The win­ner of this year’s event was Jono Jack­son from Auck­land, who crossed the line in a time of 25 min­utes and 56 sec­onds.

Luke Longdill from Auck­land was sec­ond to fin­ish in 28 min­utes and 17 sec­onds.

The first woman home was Lisa Robertson from Auck­land clock­ing in at 28:38 fol­lowed by Holly Van Dalen from Auck­land in a time of 29 min­utes and 36 sec­onds.

Is­abella Pow­ell of Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Auck­land Branch was the of­fi­cial race starter, along­side Fair­fax Me­dia New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Tong, leading the crowd in the tra­di­tional count­down to the start­ing gun at 9.30am.

‘‘It was an­other su­perb day in the long his­tory of Round the Bays and we’re proud that it continues to be so pop­u­lar,’’ Mr Tong says.

Photo: PHOTOTEK.CO.NZ

Fam­ily ef­fort: Rachel Oswald and daugh­ter Char­lotte, 1, from Mt Eden cross the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fin­ish line. Thou­sands of Auck­lan­ders took part in the an­nual event.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to see more pho­tos.

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