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Jonah Smith, of the Caver­sham club (pic­tured third right, in white sin­glet) was first man home in yes­ter­day’s 50th an­niver­sary Kelly’s Can­ter race up Puke­tapu, near Palmer­ston, in a time of 20min 41.52sec.

Yes­ter­day’s race up the 343m Puke­tapu at­tracted a field of 73 run­ners, up from 70 last year.

The race, or­gan­ised by the Palmer­ston Lions Club, was run in cool, dry con­di­tions.

Smith’s win­ning time was five min­utes bet­ter than last year's.

The first woman home was Bea Tom­lin­son (right), of Dun­back, whose time was 26min 05sec.

Twenty­four de­scen­dants of for­mer Palmer­ston po­lice­man Bert Kelly gath­ered to sup­port the race, with sev­eral tak­ing part.

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 ??  ?? Con­sta­ble Kelly had run up and down Puke­tapu reg­u­larly dur­ing World War 2 as part of his coast­watch­ing du­ties.
His fastest time was 23 min­utes.
Con­sta­ble Kelly had run up and down Puke­tapu reg­u­larly dur­ing World War 2 as part of his coast­watch­ing du­ties. His fastest time was 23 min­utes.

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