Fun run popular again
THE fourth Harrietville Half Marathon was run on Sunday with almost 200 participants enjoying perfect conditions on the first day of daylight savings.
Mt Beauty resident Ben Derrick was a belated entrant coming over the Tawonga Gap, yet finished the 21.1km race in 1 hour and 21 minutes to be the overall winner.
Lisa Barry of Albury was the fastest female, racing home in an impressive 1 hour and 34 minutes.
Runners of the 21.1km main event were taken through an aerobic warm up by local physiotherapist Phebe Liston, before taking off at 7.30am, racing along the Great Alpine Road and finishing at Tavare Park in Harrietville.
The event was organised by a local running group with a passion for health and wellbeing, and promotes healthy activities, fitness and lifestyle in the Harrietville community.
“We got great feedback, people said it was a really beautiful course, lovely people at the end, and it was all green and sunny, with good support along the way,” race organiser Robyn Downey said.
“So many people helped out on the day; the SES, Mt Hotham Ski Patrol, and we’ve had great help from council and the Bright Community Bank.”
Along with the half marathon, 10km, 5km, and 2km events were also ran.
The 10km race started from the Big Shed in Smoko, with runners pulling themselves away from a much-appreciated warming fire pit.
The race started and finished under large, hand-made start and finish signs made from wool bags which gave the occasion a truly community feel.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Harrietville Primary School, which over the last three years has received $15,000 and helped fund a new workspace for music, art, drama, and playgroup.
Many of the primary school’s students now participate in the event.
“People are enthused and are including it in their lifestyle now - especially kids who had never thought of running before, and it can be com- petitive, too,” Ms Downey said.
It wasn’t all about youth, however, with an older 60 plus age group created for this year to celebrate elderly fitness and health.
The oldest competitor was Harrietville local, 75 year-old Betty Castricum, who dusted off the runners and covered 5km.
The race forms part of the ‘Alpine Trifecta”, and 18 runners were awarded special medals for completing the race, after running the Mt Beauty (May), and Bright (April) half marathons earlier in the year.
Also recognised were the fastest local male and female runners from the Alpine Shire, Ben Derrick and Emma Lancaster, who were awarded the perpetual Alpine Valley trophies.
GOOD GOING: Albury’s Lisa Barry was the first female across the line in the Harrietville Half Marathon on the weekend.