Run­ners aim for a new pin­na­cle

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE -

IT was Point to pub rather than Point to Pin­na­cle yes­ter­day as icy weather diverted the pop­u­lar run from its tra­di­tional moun­tain­top fin­ish to Lon­g­ley in­stead. All smiles among the starters were Akira Weller-Wong with son Neko, Urs Grueter and Rob Shaw.

AN Olympic mid­dle dis­tance run­ner has achieved back-to­back vic­to­ries and an­other record time in the Point to Pin­na­cle.

New South Wales run­ner Ben St Lawrence was the male win­ner of the half-marathon with a new course record of 1:03.57

The fastest woman up the moun­tain was Karinna Fyfe with a time of 1:16:31

A record field of about 4500 run­ners and walk­ers took part in 21.1km half marathon and the 10km Point to Pub event to ku­nanyi/Mt Welling­ton.

The field in­cluded 800 in­ter­state run­ners.

How­ever, a moun­tain-top fin­ish for the iconic race was ruled out be­cause of se­vere weather.

Or­gan­is­ers said ice, snow and 70km/h winds forced the route to be changed from the sum­mit of ku­nanyi/Mt Welling­ton to Lon­g­ley via Huon Rd.


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