School teacher takes out first place fifth time in a row
THE BIGGEST event to sweep the Gladstone Region has proved to be a hit success yet again after six years of running.
Gladstone Ports Corporation's annual Botanic to Bridge couldn't have been more successful today with over 4000 participants ranging from 7 months to 70 years old.
School teacher Jackson Elliot took out first place for the Men's open 8km category for the fifth time in a row.
The Gold Coast athlete blitzed through the track in 25 minutes placing him first in the overall event.
"It's always exciting to win - fortunately today I got a good lead pretty early so it wasn't too stressful," Mr Elliot said.
"I was able to enjoy the run home after about three or four km's so it was good fun."
Clare Geraghty followed shortly after with a time of 28 seconds 19 minutes, placing her first in the open women's 8km category and third to cross the finish line.
The Brisbane runner and part-time cross-country coach said it's her third time running in the event and third overall win.
"I'm very pleased to get three in a row - beautiful weather. It's good weather for running, especially up the huge hill," she said.
"It's just a great atmosphere, I was keeping up with the men for a while - my goal was to come third overall and I did so I'm very happy."
Tom Smith took out first place in the secondary boys 8 km category with a time of 30 minutes and 23 seconds coming ninth in the whole event.
The 15-year-old was born and bred in Gladstone and was happy to take out a win for the town.
"It was a great run - there was lots of competitors out there," he said.
"Good weather for it too, the breeze was nice to run in."
Mikayla Ralph placed first in the secondary girls 8km category with a time of 39 minutes and 2 seconds. The keen athlete also competed in the 3km race.
The 8 km race began at 7.30 am and the 3 km event began at 9.00 am.
A presentation was held after the 8 km event to award the winners of all categories.
For a full list of placings and times click here.