Gladstone Roadrunners Group member Dylan Smith took out the 8km leg of the Cane To Coral Fun Run in Bundaberg last Sunday, beating nearly 1500 other racers.
Gladstone Roadrunners Group member Dylan Smith took out the 8km leg of the Cane To Coral Fun Run in Bundaberg last Sunday, beating nearly 1500 other racers. The Observer

Roadrunner canes field

WINNING a race with almost 1500 runners sprinting behind you is a fair effort, especially when you're 15 years old and outrunning adults.

Dylan Smith was first across the finish line in the 8km category of the inaugural Cane To Coral Fun Run in Bundaberg last Sunday.

It was his first major win in an open section.

“I wasn't expecting to win. It came as a real surprise,” Smith said.

“I was hoping to win it for my age group maybe, but not overall.”

Smith, a member of the Gladstone Roadrunners, clocked a time of 30min 51sec, finishing almost eight seconds ahead of the second placegetter.

The winning time was close to expectation for Smith.

“I was pretty happy with it and that was what I was aiming for,” he said.

The Cane to Coral route wasn't too taxing, Smith said, but the run proved to be.

“The race was hard; there were a few little hills and it was pretty hot,” he said.

“After the race I felt pretty good, I was sweating a lot but didn't feel that fatigued.”

For the past six years, Smith has been hitting the Gladstone streets and parks with the Gladstone Roadrunners and enjoys running as a sport.

“I like to do it and I'm pretty good at it,” he said.

Smith runs every Thursday night at the club session, and also has his own regime he adheres to to keep his fitness level up.

“I try to train five days a week and probably average 20km a week,” he said.

Another Roadrunner to do well was Ben Wriede who ran in the 15km event, and finished ninth.

Results:
8.4km: 1. Dylan Smith 30min 51sec; 2. Tony Smith 38min 27sec; 3. Jack Smith 38min 51sec, 4. Jon Wriede 48min 08sec.
15km: 1. Ben Wriede 54min 12sec; 2. Kate Maslen 1hr 10min; 3. Bri Lester 1hr 22min; 4. Paul Hannah 1hr 33min.



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