Enjoying Run Mahana at Woollaston Estate on Sunday was, from left, Irene Post, Alana Crook and Tyler Goodall. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport.

Running race a gala ‘with sweat’

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Run Mahana is more than a running race, it’s a “gala with sweat”.

Co-organiser Greg Dykzeul coined the phrase after another hugely successful Run Mahana at Woollaston Estate, with 700 people lining up for either the half marathon, 10 kilometre or five kilometre run or walk, and the Mahana Mile for the kids.

“We wanted to create a festival atmosphere so there was something for everyone, an event that families could do together,” says Greg.

“By having the food and drink vendors it makes it more like a festival. People can have something to eat or drink after the event and just relax. It’s like a gala, a gala with sweat.”

On the course, Commonwealth Games representative Julian Matthews was pipped in the 10km race by Hayden McLaren. Hayden set an impressive new course record with a time of 32.03.

Paula Canning won the women’s 10km race with a time of 39.32.

Full results at nelsonevents.co.nz