Tower run a total triumph
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.