Runners aim for a new pinnacle
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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