New record set in River Trail race

21:41, Sep 17 2012
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Trail outing: Genevieve Meehan, from Naenae’s Kimi Ora School, and her father Dennis Wood were amongst 23 students of the special needs facility and their supporters who joined in the 5km section of the Pelorus Trust Run & Walk on Sunday.
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Cruising: Still looking fresh at the 15km mark on the half marathon River Trail course are, from left, Sonya Beattie, Felicity Curtis and Jean Gallen.
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Hard slog: Nick Whalley and Kirsty Berry pound their way north up Pharazyn St.
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Sunny outlook: Paula Dunne from Olympic Harriers gets past the half-marathon 15km mark.
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Good to go: Paul Fraser is wearing a lot of leg strapping, but he looks relaxed as he leads a group of runners along the River Trail past Melling Bridge.
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Wellington speedster: Richard Newman, from the Scottish club, finished fifth in the half marathon in a time of one hour, 21 minutes, four seconds.
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They're off: Competitors, including Simon Fordyce in the colours of St Pat's Stream, get the starter's gun at Hikokoi Reserve.

About 950 runners and walkers pounded the River Trail on Sunday in the annual Pelorus Trust run and walk.

Hutt Valley Marathon Clinic have held the 10km and half-marathong races for more than 20 years.

Race director Ken Howell said Sunday's event fell perfectly inside a window of fine weather, before rain set in later in the day.

Lower Hutt's Richard McChesney, the man who brought the international park run concept to Lower Hutt, was fastest in the men's half-marathon walk, finishing in 2h 20m 33s, heading off Trentham's Jon Roskvist.

A new course record was set in the women's half-marathon run. 

Wellington Scottish Athletics Club member Angela Leck beat her 2011 record by more than 30 seconds, but even faster on Sunday was the race winner Katie Kemp, who finished just over a minute in front of Leck in a time of 1h 23m 03s.

The men's half-marathon winner was national 10km champion Tim Hodge from Wellington, who afterwards described his 1h 11m 23s  effort as a good training run.

Mr Howell said it was great to see former Olympic runner Anne Hare lead out a field of 94 children in the Cool Kids 1km - double the turnout of last year.

In 2011, Hutt Valley Marathon Clinic gave $1000 from the race proceeds as a scholarship to rising running star Tim Robertson.  

Mr Howell said the Clinic would accept applications from any runner, walker or field athlete for a similar scholarship this year.

- Full results for Sunday's event are at: http://www.hvmc. org.nz/events/pelorus-trust-run-and-walk/

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