A record number of fun runners sprinted, loped and jogged their way from the Botanics yesterday in the fourth annual Holland Hustle lunchtime fundraiser organised by the Cawthron.
This year it was open to runners from a number of businesses and organisations, including representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries, Nelson City Council, Plant & Food, Solander and Supreme Biotech.
Organiser Susie Wood of the Cawthron said the event began in 2011 as a way to thank former staff member Dr Patrick Holland for his mentorship of many other staff, and the fun lunchtime runs many enjoyed with him.
The first year 29 people took part, and this year 110 entered the event that began at the Botanics, took runners over Centre of New Zealand tracks, and up tracks beside the Maitai River and back.
Despite it being a fun run, there is still a winner. Yesterday it was Brent Edwards of the city council who ran the 5km distance in a time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds. The record, is held by Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson who ran the distance in 2012 in 18 minutes and 37 seconds.
Wood said the $400 raised would go towards rebuilding the Codgers mountainbike park.
- The Nelson Mail
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