Winner of the 10k run was Paul Woodhouse from Dorrigo at the HQB Australia day fun run held at Park Beach, Coffs Harbour. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate
Winner of the 10k run was Paul Woodhouse from Dorrigo at the HQB Australia day fun run held at Park Beach, Coffs Harbour. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen

Woodhouse goes the extra distance to claim Fun Run honours

SELF-STYLED "veteran" runner Paul Woodhouse is the 2015 HQB Australia Day Fun Run champion.

The Dorrigo athlete made his first appearance since 2013 on the start line at Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club and put a gap in the field to win the 10km run.

For the longer event, runners must make a choice as they complete the 5km circuit whether or not they've done their bit or if there's still enough juice in the tank to go around again.

"I guess you can say I have been doing a bit of running around the traps for a quite a while," Paul said.

"I last did this run two years ago and I think it was hotter then.

"It was always my intention to go the full distance and leave the 5km to the speedsters ... they are too young for me."

Winning female 10km runner, Leah Fitzgerald, is more used to the marathon distance and likely like she could easily have gone around again.

"I wondered how I would go as it's not all that far for me," Leah said.

"It was interesting that I watched the 2km starters take off in the shade but once it became our turn the sun came through and it got very, very hot."

First-timer Jai Lyons took out the 5km run, leading in last year's winner Luke Tarrant.

In third berth, international competitor Karlie Swanson finishing well ahead of the rest of the field, male or female.

At the 2km distance, Guy Leckenby (male) and Tara Everson (female) finished on top.

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