Wharf to Wharf a hot favourite for runners

23:00, Jan 19 2010
Kelly Keenan
LAST RUN DOWN: Kelly Keenan comes down the "home straight" at Matiatia

Almost 900 runners and walkers of all ages took to the roads of Waiheke in the scorching sun on Saturday to take part in the annual Wharf to Wharf race.

While many enjoyed the "fun run and walk" at a leisurely pace, serious runners battled out the course from one end of the island to the other.

Scott Winton left the rest of the field in his wake as he charged over the finish line in one hour, 35 minutes and 49 seconds - almost five minutes ahead of his nearest rival Colin Earwaker and close to four hours faster than the last finisher of the run from Orapiu to Matiatia, Alex Weir.

The fastest woman was Johanna Ottosson, who also came in fourth overall, thirteen minutes behind Scott.

For some it was a family affair, with second, third and fourth place in the walk from Orapiu to Matiatia going to Linda and David Sampson and their daughter Emily.

Along the way colourful water stops provided participants with a much needed drink and locals clapped and cheered on the participants in the blisteringly hot conditions.

Organiser Andrea Cole says, "It just keeps getting bigger and better every year."

A full list of results is available online at www.wharf2wharf.co.nz

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