Really cool turnout

05:53, Jun 05 2009
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon
SBS Christchurch Marathon

Thousands were shivering from the cold at the start but they all had plenty to smile about at the finish.

A record 5362 enthusiasts ran and walked through bone-chilling wind and occasional sleet during yesterday's Christchurch SBS Marathon.

Despite the cold, St John reported no serious problems. The stars of the day were 10 superheroes, who mustered a world-record time and $10,000 for charity.

BRAVING THE CHILL: A record 5362 enthusiasts ran and walked through bone-chilling wind and occasional sleet during yesterday's Christchurch SBS Marathon.

Christchurch Marathon winner Michael Aish was still satisfied with his performance yesterday, despite not breaking a 1985 record.

With the cross and head winds hitting the runners like "a brick wall" on parts of the course, the Colorado-based Aish abandoned his assault time of 2hr 15min 12sec, coasting home just over three minutes down on the record, but more than four minutes clear of second-placed Paul Martinico.

A sprint up Kilmore Street, to the finish shute, saw Australian Sandra Prosenica pass leader Kirsty Somers-Edgar with 300 metres to go and defend the women's title she won a year ago. The 43-year-old set a personal best of 2hr 52min 27sec, before collapsing at the finish.

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