Mt Vernon Grand Traverse, Mt Vernon Fun Run/Walk and Mt Vernon Kids Challenge.

Sunday 10th June 2018:

The sky was clear, the sun shining, the 3 courses on the Wither Hills Farmpark could not have been better so a large number turned out to compete and compete they did.

211 registered for their respective races. 72 to do the 18km Grand Traverse, 120 to do the fun Run/Walk and 19 for the Kid’s Challenge.

George Varney, a Club Member and student at Marlborough Boys College took line honours in the 18km Grand Traverse in a time of 1:16:04 which was 3:20:00 off the record 116:24 set in 2012 by Jeremy McKenzie. This was still a very credible time for George as part way through the race he rolled his ankle so running on an extremely bad sprain. He certainly knew about it when he took his shoe and sock off at the finish. Not too far behind was Sam Manson in 1:18:16 followed by Sam Hansby in 1:20:18.

In the women’s race Katie Malthus came in first in a time of 1:38:00, Jeanette Landers second in 1:41:40 and Tania Bottomley third in 1:47:45.

Connor Guillemot took line honours in the 11km fun Run/Walk in a time of 0:55:18 followed by Fergus Green 0:57:20 and Ed Massey third in 0:58:52.

In the women’s race Emily Marfell was first in 0:59:43 breaking the course record last held by Megan Craig. Second was Paula Oliver in 1:03:01 and third Hannah Barnsley in 1:03:56.

In the Kids Challenge boys Connor Pugh took line honours in 0:08:16 which was a course record. He was followed by Hugo Grigg in 0:09:07 and third Oliver Harris in 0:9:13.

For Kids Challenge Girls Grace Pettit won in 1:10:27, Zoe Marshall 2nd in 0:10:28 and Leia Shaw third in 0:11:07.

A huge thank you to the Volunteers spending their time doing what was needed to be done, Competitors of all ages in all grades and all our very generous sponsors.

See you all next year.

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