Aucklanders take top three places in 25km race
Runners from Auckland have come top in a fun run on Waiheke Island, which attracts entrants from far and wide.
The Waiheke Fuller's Wharf2Wharf race on Saturday, January 21 included runners from Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, England, Germany and the USA as well as locals and people from around the country.
But it was Aucklanders who again took first, second and third places in the gruelling 25km run from Orapiu to Matiatia.
Glendowie's Tom Moyes won the race, reaching the finish line in one hour and 33 minutes.
He said the cooler weather conditions had been perfect but the 25km run was still tough.
"The route is really hilly. I was waiting for the flat sections but they never came."
Moyes said he had been running for 10 years but had never entered Fuller's Wharf2Wharf before, so it had been a bit of a shock.
He said the first 5km was tough but then he "mellowed out".
Second and third places went to Matt Carroll from Kingsland (1:39:48) and Sam Corbett from Mt Albert (1:40:31).
Both finished the 25km race in the same order as they had in 2016.
Fourth place went to resident Mark Bright (1:45:35) amid cheers from locals.
He has previously won the race 11 times.
The first 25km female runners across the line were Rotorua's Johanna Ottosson (1:51:00), Kerikeri's Steph Scheirlinck (1:53:43) and Nikki Hill from Auckland with a time of two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.
Waiheke locals Richard Wedekind (3:16:11) and Andrea Cole (3:32:21) took first place in their respective male and female categories for the 25km walk.
See wharf2wharf.co.nz for winners of the run and walk for 12km and 5km distances.
Some of the entrants were taking part to raise money for charity - including help for breast cancer sufferer, Leah Nelson. Waiheke residents set up a Give A Little page called "Legs for Leah".
There was also a group running for the Jassy Dean Trust, with the goal of raising funds especially to help Waiheke's diabetic kids. See givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/jdtcrewfordiabetes to donate.
Saturday's race finish was a sunny, family affair with lots of inflatables set up for kids and bean bags on the grass for parents to relax.
"Around 48 children entered the Kids' Dash. The whole event had such a relaxed atmosphere and everyone was enjoying themselves," race organiser Helen Windsor said.