Finishing is winning for runners

Last updated 06:17 23/06/2014

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Thousands of runners thudded down the capital's roads yesterday for the Wellington Marathon.

Alongside the serious runners trying to record a personal best time, or even win a place on the podium, were many who just wanted to finish the shorter half- marathon or 10km distance.

There were 4992 entrants, down just 15 or so from last year, event manager Michael Jacques said.

"We're pretty stoked to have two good years in a row. Last year was our record year, and this was only just down on that."

The weather played ball for the day, though it wasn't quite as good as forecast, he said.

About 2000 of the runners completed the 10km course, the oldest being 83-year-old Kaylene Symonds, from Lower Hutt.

The half-marathon race was this year's national championship, with the winners being Auckland- based Cantabrian Matt Harris, and Sally Gibbs from Katikati.

Gibbs, 51, was easily the oldest person to win a national half- marathon championship, Jacques said. "She is world-class as a veteran runner."

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