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32 years separate placings

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2013

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It was a gap of one minute 10 seconds and 32 years that separated the first and second placed men in the 25km run at this year's Wharf 2 Wharf.

Adam Mansour from Auckland took line honours in 1:41:12. Colin Earwaker from Rotorua came second in 1:42:19. And while first placed Adam is aged 24, second placed Colin is 56.

It was Adam's first entry in the race. He was disappointed five-times winner Scott Winton was a no show because he wanted to see how he would compare. Scott was at his brother's wedding in Hawaii.

It was Colin's second appearance and the keen mountain runner says he enjoyed it.

"I loved the hills during the first part of the race."

Adam was also full of praise for the race.

"But the best part was the run down to the finish."

Both say they will be back next year.

The first Waiheke Islanders home were Damian Clarke in fifth place just ahead of Mark Bright in sixth.

In the women's 25k run Waiheke's Vicki Howes made it look very easy crossing the finish line second to Kelly McFadzien with Frances Peat in third.

Other locals to do well were Scott Unsworth who came second in the 13km run from Orapiu to Onetangi, Liam James who came third in the men's 7km run from Kennedy Pt to Matiatia, Emily Sclater who came third in the 13km walk from Orapiu to Onetangi and Anna Swift who came second in the 7km walk. Brooke McCarthy, Paris Robson and Teia Kahura made it a clean sweep in the women's 7km run.

A husband and wife team on holiday from New York were the winners of the men's and women's 12km run from Onetangi to Orapiu. Keen runners Leanora and Michael Petrina were visiting Leanora's parents in Dairy Flat and thought they would mix the run with a day trip to Waiheke.

Also taking part were the winners of the Santa Cruz, California, Wharf to Wharf race. Their prize of a two-week trip to New Zealand included entry into the Waiheke Island Wharf 2 Wharf.

Visit wharf2wharf.co.nz for a full list of results.

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