Field of 700 for chal­lenge of 40th gru­elling event

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

More than 700 peo­ple put their ath­leti­cism to the test at the 40th Black­wood Marathon held in the Bridgetown and Boyup Brook re­gion at the week­end.

There were 151 teams com­pet­ing in the marathon. The five stages con­sisted of run­ning, canoeing, swim­ming, eques­trian and cy­cling.

In the open cat­e­gory, the win­ning team was Ger­ard Hill, David Ber­glund, Travis Ned­er­pelt, Sarah Dacey and Phil Deisel of Le­mo­nis/ Tan­tipra­sut Lawyers, for a to­tal time of 2 hours 40 min­utes and 50 sec­onds.

Swan Val­ley All Stars fin­ished sec­ond in 2:46.56 while Swan Team 2 was third in 2:57.18.

Other di­vi­sions in the marathon were women, vet­er­ans, women’s vet­er­ans, schools, un­der-18s, iron man, iron woman, non-eques­trian, su­per vet­er­ans, su­per­vet women and school girls.

In the women’s di­vi­sion, the fastest time for the whole marathon was 3:28.02 and the av­er­age was 4:27.22.

Black­wood Marathon pres­i­dent Lach­lan Stone said the LiveLighter Ro­tary Black­wood Marathon at­tracted peo­ple from all walks of life, be it pro­fes­sional ath­letes or ama­teur teams of vary­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“An event like this re­lies heav­ily on the gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers from our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“The course is set out be­tween Boyup Brook and Bridgetown, en­com­pass­ing some of the most beau­ti­ful coun­try­side the Black­wood Val­ley has to of­fer, and is an in­te­gral part of both the Boyup Brook and Bridgetown com­mu­ni­ties.”

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Pic­ture: Padalacs Pho­tog­ra­phy

The run­ners kick off the day at the 40th Black­wood Marathon on Satur­day.

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