Great day for a run

16:00, Mar 20 2012
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Ella-Marie Wilson, 5, from Papakura waits with her cousins Logan Vickers, right age 7, and Weston Vickers 3, for a relative running in the race.
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Katherine Thompson from Papakura waits with her children Emma, 3, and Matthew, 5, for her husband to finish the race at Round The Bays.
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David Edwards, from Botany, with his daughter Olivia Kelly-Edwards who has just finished running Round The Bays.
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Dong Joon Kim from Greenlane runs across the finish line at Round The Bays.
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Sam Neemia and his daughter Bernadette Neemia, 9, run across the finish line at Round The Bays.
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Ashleah Bellve, 12, and Samantha Johnson, 13, are both from Manurewa and competed at Round The Bays on the weekend.
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Eight-year-old Thomas McGuinness with his father Michael McGuinness and mother Megan McGuinness at Round The Bays. The family is from St Heliers.
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Scott Cameron from Hillcrest on the ran Round The Bays with his 2 -year- old son Joshua in his pram.
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Back row, Helen Purcell, left, Shelly Leilua and Sonja Musaline....Front Row Jacqui Mason and Maggie Harvey. All are from Manukau apart from Maggie who is from Glen Eden.
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Stephen Ridgewell, left from Auckland CBD, Shaun Tan, Mt Eden, Alex Cheah, East Tamaki, and Tzeyin Yong, from Mt Eden at Round The Bays.
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Caroline Yuill, left, and Li-Jia Yap, both from Howick, at Round The Bays on the weekend.
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Olivia Hardcastle, 8, and her mum Nerissa Hardcastle, from Howick relax after running around the bays.
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Hannah Sly, left, Olivia Sullivan and Matt Adamson from Whitford at Round The Bays on the Weekend.
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Rachel Goldstine, left, and Jasmine Louie from Mission Bay at Round The Bays on Sunday.
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Peaches Peni, left, Laywu Nuuausala, both from Mangere, at Round The Bays on Sunday.
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Lesley O' Connor, left and Ron Thompson, both from Airport Oaks at Round The Bays on Sunday.
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Theresa Mauga I'iga gets her time recorded as she crosses the finish line at Round The Bays. She is from Papatoetoe.
Round the bays entrants Letitia Aldridge from Titirangi and Kayla Raihana from Manurewa.
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15-month-old Jessy I'Iga from Papaptoetoe runs across the finish line with his father Jerry I'iga at Round The Bays on Sunday.
Henderson residents David Williams, Cherie Williams, Cameron Jelly and Michelle Williams all took part in Round the Bays.
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Kathy Lynch, left, from Sandringham with Friend Kath Rushton from Christchurch at Round The Bays on Sunday.
Otara resident Chris Feuiai, Papatoetoe resident Mele Veaila and Manurewa resdient Bo Graham are representing the New Zealand Institute of Sport at Round the Bays 2012.
Manukau residents Paul and Jennifer Adams took part in the 2012 Round the Bays.
Mangere residents Valerie Tongia, Tyson Tenari and Peaches Peni took part in Round the Bays 2012.
Kirsten Fretwell from Ararimu and Grace Mumemo from Mt Wellington are enjoying a bite to eat after running Round the Bays 2012.
It took about an hour for one of the CLM Health and Fitness representatives, Cory the Penguin, to finish Round the Bays 2012.
CLM Health and Fitness had more than 100 runners at Round the Bays 2012 including some dressed as their mascot Cory the Penguin. Their teams combined from the Lynfield, Otahuhu, Glen Innes, Mt Roskill, Onehunga and Mt Wellington campuses to support those suffering from cystic fibrosis.
North Shore resident Simon Priddy and his daughter Olivia are relaxing after Round the Bays 2012.
Paul Roux from Howick, Olivia and Simon Priddy from North Shore, Clinton Baker from Herne Bay and Phil Lockyer from Waiheke Island found solace in sausage and bread after Round the Bays 2012.
Cousins Josie Sheck from Mangere and Nadine Sheck from Orakei relax after Round the Bays 2012.
Maraetai residents Jo and Andrew Mortimer completed Round the Bays 2012.
Project Jonah supporters took part in Round the Bays 2012 with a giant inflatable to raise awareness of their cause.
Round the Bays 2012 start line.
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Round the Bays 2012 race start.
Beach Haven residents Juliana Muller, 13, Meritxell Castelltort, 14 and Vivianne Castelltort are keen to start Round the Bays 2012.
Linda Forbes from Glenfield was excited to get going on the Round the Bays 2012.
Sarah Smith from Maraetai and Amy Dibley from Dannemora donned pink wings for Round the Bays 2012.
Louise Bedwell from Mission Bay and Liz Harrall from Grey Lynn took to Round the Bays 2012 as geeks.
Manurewa residents Pam and Mike Joy have taken part in Round the Bays for many years now.
Paulie Kylieweir from One Tree Hill, one of four Mainfreight Men said it was going to be a bit difficult to see where he was running for Round the Bays 2012.
Riverhead resident Jo Norris and Te Atatu resident Debbie Keymer-Dixon have taken part in Round the Bays together for 20 years.
Bruce and Sheila Mutch from Mission Bay took part in Round the Bays 2012.
Kaiser Katene from Mangere Bridge was ready for what Round the Bays 2012 could throw at him.
Glen Eden residents Riza Tiongson with Annie, Lyanna, Dray and Orlando Yamsuan.
Penaia and Tim Paugatama from Mangere made up just a couple ofthe pirate crowd representing Pacific Direct Line.
Leslie and Fineaso Paugatama are representing team Pacific Direct Line, and walked round the Bays 2012.
East Beach resident Courtney Sloane and Half Moon Bay resident Sophie Hancock, both 16, dressed up as fairies for Round the Bays 2012.
Team Pacific Direct Line from Mangere took to Round the Bays as pirates.
Pukekohe residents Jane Barron, Daniel Barron, Sandra Janssen, Flynn Barron and Kaitlin Petherick wait for Round the Bays 2012 to start.
Jasmine Louie and Rachel Goldstine, both from Mission Bay, take dressing up for Round the bays very seriously and have made a tradition of it.
Western Springs residents Tom Kerkmeester, Ric Kerkmeester and Max Kerkmeester with Pt Chevalier resident Robert Haluza.
Team Bros from Manurewa participants Helena Stevens and Cylena Witeri ran Round the Bays to represent their Kohanga Reo Te Timatanga.
GNR Nick Hinchliff from Mt Albert, LBDR Michael Bramley from Sandringham, LT Guy MacDiarmid from Ponsonby, GNR Matt Feterika from Pt Chev and BDR Subritzky.

What a great way to spend a Sunday.

Sandringham resident Kathy Lynch and her Christchurch-based friend Kath Rushton joined more than 70,000 people at this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays Fun Run.

All were there to enjoy the picturesque 8.4km jog from Quay St to St Heliers Bay at varying paces.

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JOGGING BUDDIES: Kathy Lynch, left, from Sandringham and friend Kath Rushton from Christchurch take a well deserved coffee break after the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

The annual event is partly sponsored by Fairfax Media, publisher of Suburban Newspapers and the Central Leader.

Around 42,000 participants registered for the run and proceeds from their fees will go to charities including the Child Cancer Foundation, Garden to Table Trust, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fairfax First Books and Kidz First Children's Hospital.

Fairfax Media chief executive Allen Williams says the day is a testament to the generosity and goodwill of Aucklanders.


"This iconic fun run, now in its 40th anniversary year, thrives on the fantastic support of everyone who takes part. It then transforms that support into significant charitable donations that benefit worthy causes each year."

The official race starter was 13-year-old leukaemia patient Sahara Adams who was called in after Prime Minister John Key stood down to attend the Wellington funeral of former All Black Jock Hobbs.

It's been a big few days for the teenager who met her idol, visiting American pop star Taylor Swift, a week earlier in Melbourne thanks to Make-A-Wish New Zealand – one of the day's benefiting charities that sets out to fulfil the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

"It is through the generosity of events like this that more than 200 wishes will be granted this year to special people just like Sahara," Mr Williams says.

First to cross the finish line in 28 minutes and 4 seconds was Jono Jackson from Auckland City Athletics Club. Second was Tony Payne who completed the distance in 28 minutes and 16 seconds.

The first woman across the finish line, Lisa Robertson, was nearly five minutes ahead of her closest rival, clocking in at 29 minutes and 19 seconds, followed by Nikki Hill at 34 minutes and 14 seconds.

Fairfax Media group sales and marketing manager Sandra King says more than 80 per cent of entrants were part of a team, making Ports of Auckland Round the Bays a big day out for many businesses.

Included were more than 270 Fairfax joggers.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson is thrilled with the day's success.

"We were delighted to help bring this iconic event to everyone as sponsors for the third year. The weather was great, turnout huge and enthusiasm infectious – what a fantastic day to celebrate Auckland," he says.

Central Leader