Records tumble, cash dished out in near-perfect conditions for Wellington Marathon

In her third marathon, Alice Mason dominated the women's field and broke the race record by five seconds.
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In her third marathon, Alice Mason dominated the women's field and broke the race record by five seconds.

A cash prize of $1000 and a trip to New Caledonia was plenty of incentive for Dan Lowry and Alice Mason to break the men's and women's Wellington Marathon records on Sunday.
 
In cool, near perfect running conditions, Lowry, an American living in Wellington, and Cambridge-based former Wellington student Mason each ran the fastest times in the 32nd edition of the event which doubled as the national championship.
Men's marathon winner Dan Lowry smashed the race record.
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Men's marathon winner Dan Lowry smashed the race record.

 
 
Women's marathon second place: Sally Gibbs.
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Women's marathon second place: Sally Gibbs.

 
Another local, Ruby Muir, took out the women's half-marathon in record time (1hr 17min 38sec), and Australian Nick Earl was first in the men's half-marathon in 1:07.08, nearly 2min clear of Chris Sanson.
It's all happening at the start of the kids' magic mile.
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It's all happening at the start of the kids' magic mile.

 
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A total of 3,824 entries from 13 countries lined up at Westpac Stadium from 7am on a clear Sunday morning to raise their heart rates and hit the streets.
 
Even in the kids' magic mile tensions were high at the finish line.
First place Jaguun Gunregjav-Willers and second ...
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Even in the kids' magic mile tensions were high at the finish line. First place Jaguun Gunregjav-Willers and second Ollie Parkinson.

 
 
Organisers put up the cash prize and trip to compete in the New Caledonia Marathon in August for the men's and women's winners, and they were gladly accepted.

Lowry had nearly 10min to spare over Stephen Day in a dominant men's win, in a time of 2hr 22min 42sec which smashed the record by nearly 3min.

As the first Wellington resident, Lowry also won the Sakai sister city exchange of a trip to the Senshu Marathon in Japan in February.

Mason, in just her third marathon, ran her slowest time of the three but it was still enough to win comfortably, more than 5min clear of Sally Gibbs.

Her time of 2:48.35 dipped under the record by 5sec, giving Mason even more reason to celebrate.

"It will be one of our best years weather-wise," event manager Michael Jacques said.

"Three our of four breaking records... conditions speak for themselves."

In addition to the nearly 4000 participants across 10km, 5km, kids' magic mile, half-marathon and full marathon there were almost 5000 spectators at the event, Jacques said.

The oldest participant in the full marathon was Auckland's Garth Barfoot, 81,  while Peter Tearle, 91, from the Wairarapa was representing nonagenerians by competing in the 10km walk.

Winners:
 
Men's Gazley Volkswagen Marathon:
 
* Dan Lowry; 02:22:42
 
Women's Gazley Volkswagen Marathon:
 
*Alice Mason; 02:48:35
 
Men's Shoe Clinic Half-Marathon
 
*Nick Earl; 01:07:08
 
Women's Shoe Clinic Half-Marathon
 
*Ruby Muir; 01:17:38

 - Stuff

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