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THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS HIT THE PAVEMENT FOR THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD HALF MARATHON

THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS HIT THE PAVEMENT FOR  THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD HALF MARATHON

More than 12,000 runners entered the 23rd annual Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

Competitors were seen off by official event ambassador Stephanie Rice, who fired the starting gun for the 21.1km event which wove its way from St Mary’s Cathedral and past some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

In what was a close race, Michael Shelley from Queensland’s Gold Coast crossed the finish line first in 1:03:19 ahead of second and third places, Liam Adams and Ben Moreau with times of 1:05:10 and 1:05:27 respectively. Nikki Chapple of Ivanhoe, Victoria was the first woman to cross the line in a time of 1:11:23 while Belinda Martin came in a close second in a time of 1:16:42.

More than 380 teams took part in the relay event, with Team Peters-Hacio winning the relay leg for the second year running with a time of 1:13:34, breaking last years’ inaugural record time of 1:15:21. The second team across the line was Team Bailey-Hanna with a time of 1:19:04.

“Today’s event was a huge success for all those who participated. It was great to see so many people cross the finish line – completing a half marathon is quite an achievement,” said Fairfax Race Director, Rebecca Wilmer.

This year, The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon raised more than $532,000 for hundreds of charities, including Gold Charity partners, The Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Make-A-Wish Australia and UNICEF Australia; with fundraising remaining open for another four weeks.

A full list of results will appear online tonight at smhhalfmarathon.com.au and event day coverage will appear tomorrow in The Sydney Morning Herald.

For more information please visit smhhalfmarathon.com.au

Entries for next year’s The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon are opening soon, and for those looking for a closer challenge, early bird entries for The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac are now open. Visit www.city2surf.com.au to enter today.

 

MAJOR PLACES FOR 2014

 

MEN’S RESULTS

TIME

WOMEN’S RESULTS

TIME

Michael Shelley

1:03:19

Nikki Chapple

1:11:23

Liam Adams

1:05:10

Belinda Martin

1:16:42

Ben Moreau

1:05:27

Cassandra Fien

1:17:00

 

RELAY RESULTS

TIME

Peters-Hacio

1:13:34

Bailey-Hanna

1:19:04

Latham-Latham

1:21:52

 

UNDER 19 WINNERS

TIME

Caleb Noble (Top male)

1:14:10

Lauren Mewing (Top female)

1:29:41

 

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