Runners raise the bar
NEIL Vaughan and Tina Thompson made perfect use of excellent conditions in this year's Pub to Pub run from Glenreagh to Corindi to finish as first male and female respectively.
Although humid the cloud cover lasted long enough to make for one of the best January mornings for running since the event's inception in the late 1980's.
Vaughan was one of three to break away early with Grafton's Brett Hoffman and Minnie Water's Andi Aman keeping him company for the first third of the distance.
However, the experience of the former NSW distance running representative saw him forge a significant lead on the major climb out the Sherwood Creek area.
Although finishing nearly eight minutes after Vaughan, Hoffman could be well-pleased with his debut in this event.
His time of 2:22.33 augurs well for his Ironman Triathlon ambitions later in the year. Aman kept the other two honest especially with his downhill prowess to finish in 2:26.15.
Tina Thompson had never run 30km before so her 2:39.35 debut after an understandably conservative start was all the more impressive. She had the fourth fastest time with second lady Lyn Fulton next best some four minutes later, throwing an Emerald Beach quinella into the bargain.
Third woman was Penny Burgess who accompanied her husband Neil throughout. Recently arrived in Grafton and possessing two finishes each in South Africa's Comrades Ultramarathon the Burgess couple are keen to compete as part of the local running scene.
This year's edition of the Pub to Pub, which was held on Sunday, attracted runners from Yamba in the north to Port Macquarie in the south which saw an increase over last year's numbers and unusually a majority of female runners.
PUB TO PUB RESULTS
MALE: Neil Vaughan 2:14.50, 1; Brett Hoffman 2:22.33, 2; Andi Aman 2:26.15, 3; Murray Lawrence 2:53.49, 4; Neil Burgess 2:56.54, 5.
FEMALE: Tina Thompson 2:39.35, 1; Lyn Fulton 2:43.44, 2; Penny Burgess 2:56.57, 3; Sue Duncan 3:14.03, 4; Robyn Doyle 3:22.08, 5.