Young runners get the Australia Day Fun Run under way at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens yesterday.
Young runners get the Australia Day Fun Run under way at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens yesterday.

Fun run has photo finish



CONFUSION reigned for 2km competitors but Kent Spencer and Prue Oswin are the reigning king and queen of the Australia Day Fun Run after victories at Tondoon Botanic Gardens yesterday.

With a large number of 2km competitors turning at the wrong mark, leaving the event without legitimacy, it was Spencer and Oswin who drew all the accolades.

Spencer needed a spectacular sprint finish to hold off youngster Matt Strike and be the first 5km runner across the line in 17min52sec ? just one second ahead of Strike who claimed the junior male title.

Spencer was relieved to get the result, praising his young opponent's performance.

'Matt had me coming up the last rise,' Spencer said.

'I'm glad the last bit (of the run) was downhill, I just strode out and held him off. Matt goes away and represents his state all the time and I can see why.'

Spencer was happy with his own form, saying the win was a bright

start to a year in which he as also set his sights on the Harbour Festival run and the Rockhampton and Gladstone half marathons.

Oswin, backing up from a triathlon win on Sunday and a bicycle training session before the run, was pleased to claim the women's title, finishing in 20.25.

'I was tired ? it's been a big training week,' she said,

referring to her preparations for next month's Goondiwindi Hell of the West triathlon.

Kate Maslen (22.25) was the second female across the line, despite pushing her infant child in a pram, with Kaitlyn McMahon (22.38) taking the junior female prize.

A total of 62 competitors contested the 2km event, while 29 accepted the 5km challenge.

Of the official 2km finishers, Trent Leask (7.47) and Jade Brischke (10.51) were the first male and female respectively to cross the line.



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