Scores join 10km fun run

More than 200 people got moving in the second annual City2Saxton fun run from Victory Community Centre to Saxton Field yesterday.

The 10km fun run along the walkway-cycleway organised by Sport Tasman fulfilled its aim of encouraging people to get outside and get moving by a variety of modes except bikes.

Sport Tasman events manager Rita Merriman said it was great to see the crowds that turned up and the multiple age ranges including one group of three generations of one family.

"The aim of our major sponsor Get Moving is to get people motivated, active and out there enjoying exercise and participants certainly did that yesterday," Merriman said.

She said organisers were pleased with the number of people using the cycleway and walkway, from children on scooters, skateboarders and runners racing to the finish to beat their time from last year, parents with pushchairs, a unicyclist, the Nelson Bays Wheelchair Basketball players, grandparents participating in the three-generation challenge with their children and grandchildren and walkers with their mates.

"The event encouraged a lot of kids, dads and mums. We had a really good mix of people."

She said it was essentially a participation event, although some of the runners in particular took the opportunity to time themselves over the 10km distance. The event started at 9.45am and the first ones in arrived 45 minutes later

"It was perfect weather for the event - not too hot. The aim of it is to get more people more active more often."