Weather comes to party for Round the Bays

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People take part in the 8.4km Round the Bays fun run. Photo: Brett Phibbs
People take part in the 8.4km Round the Bays fun run. Photo: Brett Phibbs

The weather came to the party again this year for the 42nd Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, with participants enjoying perfect conditions for the 8.4 kilometre fun run along Auckland's waterfront.

Event organisers were delighted by today's turnout, with the event drawing in official registrations of almost 35,000.

The male and female winner's walk away from the race with a $1000 prize pack from sponsor, Brooks Running.

This years' event winner was Jono Jackson from Auckland in a time of 25 minutes and 56 seconds. This is the third year in a row that Jono has won the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Luke Longdill from Auckland was second over the line in 28 minutes and 17 seconds.

The first woman home was Lisa Robertson from Auckland clocking in at 28:38 followed by Holly Van Dalen from Auckland in a time of 29 minutes and 36 seconds.

Over 1180 teams took part, with ASB fielding the largest team with 847 entrants. Participants ranged from babies in pushchairs, to 80 people aged over 75 - showing that age is never a barrier to enjoying Round the Bays.

Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson said "we had over 650 staff and family registered for the run and the atmosphere along the course was electric. It was great to be amongst so many enthusiastic people enjoying our wonderful waterfront and all walking to support seven very worthy charities."

Isabella Powell of Cystic Fibrosis Auckland Branch was the official race starter, alongside Simon Tong, Managing Director Fairfax Media New Zealand, leading the crowd in the traditional countdown to the Army's starting gun at 9.30am.

Many turned out in costume, with an official competition for best fancy dress happening with hosts, The Edge. Winners will be announced on the event's Facebook page.

Weather conditions were perfect.

After the event, entrants headed to more than 550 barbecue sites at Madill's Farm for hospitality ranging from gourmet picnics to the traditional sausage sizzle.

Susy Bell, Radio Lollipop Director says "today's race, and the lead up to the event, not only has helped fortify the spirit of our wonderful volunteers and supporters, but has helped us garner new supporters.

"The $30,000 donation towards a new in-house radio studio, will allow Radio Lollipop to bring more music, entertainment and smiles to thousands of children in hospital" says Ms Bell.

Financial recipients in 2014 are Radio Lollipop, Cystic Fibrosis Association Auckland branch, Crohns and Collitis New Zealand(CCNZ), Kidsline, The Hearing House, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre and Fairfax First Books. In the past 10 years Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has donated $1.2 million to charity.

- The Aucklander

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