New record set in River Trail race

Last updated 15:38 17/09/2012

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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.

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