Really cool turnout

Last updated 06:00 01/06/2009
DON SCOTT/The Press
BRAVING THE CHILL: A record 5362 enthusiasts ran and walked through bone-chilling wind and occasional sleet during yesterday's Christchurch SBS Marathon.
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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.

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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