Tower run a to­tal triumph

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCKOY

A sim­ple de­ter­mi­na­tion to reach the fin­ish line was all it took for most to com­plete the J Swap Mata­mata Chron­i­cle Tower Run and race down the home straight to a cheer­ing crowd.

Un­der bril­liant blue skies, the an­nual event has grown into a phe­nom­e­non in Mata­mata which at­tracted 329 con­tes­tants and hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors, sup­port­ers and spon­sors.

Par­tic­i­pants could choose to join in the 6.6-kilome­tre or 4km run or walk which started at Tom Grant Drive, headed up Tower Rd and looped back to fin­ish at the Mata­mata Swifts head­quar­ters.

Jor­dan Hicks and Sarah Mor­gan were the first run­ners across the fin­ish line, with Mr Hicks fin­ish­ing in 24.26 min­utes and Ms Mor­gan fin­ish­ing in 27.12 min.

Par­tic­i­pants of the Tower Run tested out a new elec­tronic tim­ing sys­tem de­signed by Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Tim Hamp­ton.

Tim de­vel­oped the idea of a tim­ing mat and chip that is placed on the run­ner’s shoes. The time is recorded once the run­ner step­son the mat at the fin­ish line.

Event or­gan­iser Ruth Stan­ley said the tim­ing sys­tem worked well for all the run­ners and was a real credit to Tim.

‘‘We had a lot more en­trants than last year and it re­ally was the weather that played a big part,’’ she said.

‘‘It is good be­cause it is a com­mu­nity event and so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity get be­hind it.

‘‘It is good com­mu­nity fun, and a fam­ily event.’’

All money raised will be do­nated to the Mata­mata Har­ri­ers Club and the Mata­mata Ath­let­ics Club.

To view all the re­sults, go to smile­pho­tog­ra­phy.smug­mug.com and click on Tower Run Re­sults.

Race time: Run­ners take off for the 6.6km Tower Run from Tom Grant Drive last Fri­day evening.

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