Fidelity Fun Run off to a good start

| 21/09/2011

(CNS): The 2011 Fidelity Fun Run Series got off to a great start with 141 runners and walkers taking part, supplemented by a number of pram passengers and four-footed companions. The weather was fine and there were a number of friendly competitive struggles within the ranks. Although several potentially high-ranking individuals did not compete for various reasons, overall and division results were formidable, with outstanding results from preteens as well as sextegenarians.

There was no stopping Marius Acker as he opened the action with a 10:56 clocking, giving future opponents a mark to shoot at. Conrad Proud took runner-up honours in 11:33, with Carl Grant claiming the third spot with an 11:50 performance. Tristan von Kirkenheim at 11:57 was the only other contender to break the 12-minute barrier.

Beth Schreader was also a comfortable distance ahead of the nearest lady pursuers, as she crossed the line ninth overall in 12:21. Second lady was Lauretta Bennett at 13:20, with Tracey Walker a few steps back at 13:26. Emma Byrnes at 13:55 and Pam Abbott at 13:58 rounded out the top 25 overall finishers.

In the "special" categories, a request was logged to check Russell Coleman's pram for performance-enhancing substances. Rumour was that he had greased the wheels
with Red Bull as he finished fifth overall in 12:09. Shaun Green and Wiggles clocked 13:51 to lead the Pet Division.

Age group leaders after the first go-round are as follows:

U12—-Katriona Williams/Reese Hoeksema
12-14–Tiffany Coe/Brandon Williams
15-19–Sheyla Torres/Tristan von Kirchenheim
20-29–Emma Byrnes/Carl Grant
30-39–Beth Schreader/Conrad Proud
40-49–Maria Leonce/Marius Acker
50-59–Vance Golding-South/Chris Sutton
60+—-Ann Elliott/Roger Davies

Another extensive turnout is anticipated for round two, scheduled for Saturday, 24 September — same time, same place.

Everyone is invited to join in,set your own pace, whether it be fast and furious, or taking advantage of a chance to stroll and chat with old friends.

Also fitness enthusiasts, weight watchers, persons training for endurance events — there's room for everyone!

Check for results and a recap of each outing.

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