Mountain men tested at the Ubobo Mountain Challenge

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SUNSHINE Coast competitor Tony Smith proved he is a real mountain man winning the 2005 running of the Ubobo Mountain Challenge yesterday.

Smith who only decided to take part in the tough 5.3km race on Saturday night produced a fine display to win in a great time of 35 minutes, 49 seconds.

He was rapt to win the tough event in his first time of trying even if he had to do a quick change before the finish line.

'I was a bloody tough race, I really enjoyed myself here with the relaxed atmosphere and will be back for sure next year,' Smith said.

'It was so hot up here, so I only wore the Speedos for the race ? but with everyone watching at the finish I thought I had better put some clothes on.'

Smith was pushed all the way by top Gladstone junior Matthew Strike who finished in second place overall and won the junior title.

It was a good day to be a Smith with another youngster Joanne Smith winning the women's title in a time of 54.52.

Gladstone's Jane van der Weide won the women's veteran title in 48.22 while John Leinster took home the men's veteran title in 45.20.

A new record was set in the Masters men with Kelvin Bazley smashing the old mark with his sensational time of 41.49. The fun run event before the challenge proved to be very popular win some outstanding times

posted Respective winners were Gary Zupan, Karin Ford, Jack Ford, Emma Petrinec, Sophie Moran and Blake Kennedy, while St Johns won the school challenge relay title.Most of all, it was a fun, social day with everyone having a great time.

Credit must also go to all the participants who braved the tough course and everyone made use of the massage and shower facilities after the race.

There is no doubt, most will be back again next year.



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