Steve Moneghetti celebrates with the crowd as he secures his second Coffs Harbour Half Marathon title.
Steve Moneghetti celebrates with the crowd as he secures his second Coffs Harbour Half Marathon title. Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advoc

Age no obstacle for legend

AGE has proven no obstacle for Australian long distance legend Steve Moneghetti taking out the 2012 Key Employment Coffs Harbour Half Marathon in emphatic style.

It was the second consecutive Coffs half marathon title for the 49 year old defending his title from last year's inaugural event.

Finishing in a time of one hour and 16 minutes, Moneghetti was streaks ahead of Luke Harrison in second place and Coffs local Ben Webeck in third

"It was a bit warm out their today but overall it was a great run," Moneghetti said.

 "I took things easy early on in the race sticking to my own rhythm and overall I'm not too disappointed in my time."

Despite finishing in second place Lennox head local Harrison was overjoyed at his chance to race with a boyhood idol.

"When I was growing up Steve was one of my heroes so to compete side by side with him today was a dream come true," Harrison said.

"I have been working hard training for this event for a while so I am overjoyed at how I went."

Victorian Susan Michelsson was the first of the ladies to cross the line with a time of just under 90 minutes.

Michelson beat out 26 year old Belinda Murray who finished second as well as third placed Coffs Harbour local Courtney Knyvett

"I tried to stick with some of the boys for a while and it helped me maintain a good tempo," Michelsson said.

"It is a lovely course with a great layout."

Over 1300 competitors lined up across four events early Sunday morning as part of the Coffs Harbour Running Festival.

Starting and finishing at the show grounds, the events took in the leafy surrounds of the Coffs Creek Cycleway.

Event organiser Mick Maley was overjoyed with the success of the running festival in what is its second year.

"We have had a growth in numbers this year with over 1300 entries," he said.

"People have travelled from far and wide including New Zealand to compete.

"I suppose that makes the Running festival an International event.

"I am really happy with everything. The weather was great, plenty of great running and lots of smiles."

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