Bruce scores Fun Run victory No. 10
By GREG WHITE
CANBERRA distance runner Geoffrey Bruce first entered the Sawtell Fun Run in 1980.
In the quarter century since he's won the race 10 times, his latest victory coming on Sunday in a time of 17 minutes 47.43 seconds.
"It's a fantastic event," an elated Bruce said.
"You'd think after winning so many times it wouldn't have the same thrill to me but that isn't the case."
So dominant was the winner he finished almost a full minute ahead of runner-up Jason Harrison with Brendan Clark placing third.
Bruce said he'd been aided by the cooling north-easter that held temperatures down for the 9am start.
"Iv'e been in the race when the heat has been stifling without a breath of wind," he said.
"For the time of year, this morning's weather was almost perfect."
First woman across the line was multi-talented Bonnie Hancock who placed eighth overall.
The Sawtell youngster, best known as a competitive swimmer and surf lifesaver, was having her second tilt at the event and was thrilled to have done so well.
"Fantastic," was her first response when asked how she felt.
"The breeze was beautiful and helped a lot."
Hancock's official time was clocked at 20 minutes 48.31 seconds.
With a field of 77 athletes entering the Fun Run many were still completing the course 30 minutes after the winner had crossed, but by this time the wind had eased and heat was soaring.
"The breeze died off and that last hill was a killer," was the echoed lament from many of the tailenders.