Big smiles all round at the Dargaville Run/Walk
Perfect conditions greeted the large field of 580 competitors at the start of the Dargaville Veterinary Centre – Dargaville Run/Walk held on Sunday.
The event started and finished in the heart of Dargaville on Victoria Street. Competitors could pick from either a 10.5km or a 5km run/walk through the main streets and along and over the Northern Wairoa Bridge. Competitors that opted for the 10.5km course took in a beautiful view of the town as they passed up and around the Dargaville Museum.
Harry Linford (Whangarei), held a comfortable lead throughout the 10.5km title eventually taking it out in 37.05 ahead of Louis Young (Welsford) in second place with a respectable time of 38.33 and trailing behind in 3rd place is Whangarei’s Tim Goodwin in 41:01.
In the women’s division Maria Akkeson (Whangarei) ran strongly to finish in 45.16, just ahead of the second-place getter Janice Powell 45:41, with Chubby Hale trailing in third place in 46.17.
The winners of the 5km section saw many promising young athletes to the fore. Elliot Ruffell (Whangarei) took out the 5km in 20.56 with Angus Bradley and Luke Crichton both from Dargaville next to cross the line. Hannah Ewinson (Dargaville) easily won the women’s division in 27.12 with Helen Jager and Gabrielle Thompson both from Whangarei taking out third place.
The Northcloud Leaderboard
The win cements Akkeson’s spot at the top of the Leaderboard. With Linford missing the first two events in the Series, his win at Dargaville closes the gap on Tim Goodwin and Louis Young at the top of the men’s section with only one point separating each of them
The Run/Walk Series now takes a small break for the Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Beast on 7 July, returning to the Far North on 12 August for the Ray White Kaitaia Run/Walk where entry fees have been slashed to encourage participation.