Cap­tain Coun­cil­lor steps out

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Row­land

On Sun­day more than 1000 run­ners, walk­ers and sev­eral bikes and wheel­chairs turned out for the Hamil­ton half marathon at Flagstaff Park.

It was the 15th time the half marathon had been held in Hamil­ton, with a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal given to all fin­ish­ers in each event.

The day was marked by sev­eral special mile­stones, in­clud­ing, in the 5km race, An­drew Carr set­ting a new record with a time of 17 min­utes and 25 sec­onds, and 72-year-old can­cer sur­vivor Rod Gill fin­ished his 13th half

marathon this year and his 100th in to­tal with a time of two hours.

First home in the half marathon was Ge­orge Gwynn in 1h 15m 56s.

Women’s win­ner was Kirsty Sclater in 1h 29m 53s.

Heather Brand fin­ished sec­ond in the wheel­chair half marathon with a time of 1h 48m.

De­spite Mike Moran fall­ing be­hind his son Ethan in the fi­nal stretch, they would fin­ish the 5km run each with a time of 27m.

Sup­port­ers lined the fi­nal stretch as the run­ners crossed the fin­ish line.

Liam De'hor El­liot par­tic­i­pated in the5km run, fin­ish­ing 11th with a time of 25m.

Kia Barnes was one of five peo­ple to take part in the wheel­chair half marathon, fin­ish­ing third with a time of one 1h 56m.

Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor James Cas­son, dis­guised as Cap­tain Coun­cil­lor took part in his first half marathon walk with a time of 3h 5m.

A group of run­ners pass­ing the 14km mark of the Hamil­ton half marathon.

Travis Perry (left) and Ewen Macpher­son pass­ing the 15km mark. Travis would fin­ish 12th and Ewen 14th.

(Left): Rod Gill (left) with Ben van Mey­gaar­den. Rod was par­tic­i­pat­ing in his 100th marathon and fin­ished with a time of 2h 55s.

Jill Balchin (left) and Jakob Lind ran side by side the whole way, fin­ish­ing the marathon to­gether with a time of 2h 5m.

Les Miller was one of the front run­ners of the half marathon, fin­ish­ing 11th with a time of 1h 25m.

Photos / Tom Row­land

Char­lotte Mug­geridge fin­ished the half marathon with a time of 2h 13m.

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