Five hundred line up for Mahana race

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Veteran Nelson runner Simon Mardon was too fast for his rivals, winning Sunday’s Run Mahana 10km run in 36min 44sec while Colette Read won the women’s race in 45min 35sec.

Simon cleared out from the field of 209 runners at the start of the 10km event and his lead was never threatened.

Brian Kemp was second in 38min 11sec and Peter van Veen third in 39min 7sec. Collete finished 19th overall, well clear of second-placed female Sandy Vincent who finished in 49min 24sec and third-placed Mandy White (51min 10sec).

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Simon Mardon on his way to winning Run Mahana’s 10km race.

Although Simon and Collette have both won the half marathon edition of Run Mahana, Nelson Events decided this year not to stage the longer edition of the event .

“There are already two half marathons on the calendar around Nelson and Mahana is a tough course in the hot November weather, so we decided to just go with the 10km,” one of the organisers Averill West says. “It proved to be good decision because we are very pleased with the numbers this year.”

The 10km walk, which attracted 108 entries, was won by Steve Pauling in 1hr 2min 48sec, ahead of Barb Pauling (1hr 8min 24sec) with Bevan Cook third in 1hr 9min 33sec. Jenny Irvine headed a field of 70 in the 10km walk-run hybrid winning in 57min 5sec and Helen Tapper won the 5km walk in 38min 46sec.

Josh Barry won the men’s 5km run in 19min 31sec with Holly Russel winning the women’s race in 25min 34sec. Chard Michener won the 5km hybrid.

Five hundred and nine competitors lined up in the run, walk and hybrid events while 70 children contested the Mahana Mile. It was the first year with the new 10km and 5km course starting inside Mahana Estates.