The Sport Northland Run/Walk Series 2018 continued last weekend with the Dargaville 10.5km and 5km run/walk event, sponsored by Dargaville Veterinary Centre Ltd.
A chilly 8.30am start greeted the 580 participants, starting and finishing in Victoria Street with the route taking in the Northern Wairoa bridge and river scenes. The 10.5km runners also passed up and around the Dargaville Museum.
All ages took part, toddlers in pushchairs, children, young adults through to the more mature, and even some dogs! Some were dressed well for the event in jackets and hats; some in matching team t-shirts; and others celebrating the fun atmosphere by dressing in costume.
The event was an opportunity for family members to join in.
Harry Linford of Whangarei led throughout the 10.5km run ahead of Louis Young from Wellsford and Whangarei’s Tim Goodwin in third place. In the women’s division Maria Akkeson of Whangarei finished just ahead of second placegetter Janice Powell and Chubby Hale in third.
In the 5km section Elliot Ruffell of Whangarei came in first with Angus Bradley and Luke Crichton both from Dargaville next to cross the line. Hannah Ewinson of Dargaville won the women’s division with Helen Jager and Gabrielle Thompson both from Whangarei taking out third place.
“The event went really well and we are very happy with how well the volunteers from the Lions, and the rugby and netballs clubs helped us,” said events coordinator Tara Wilson.
Not far from the finish line, some of these walkers were sad it was
almost over and some rather pleased; others mentioned their sense
of achievement to the photographer