With more than 13,000 registrations, the 22nd Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Colonial First State lived up to its reputation as one of Australia’s biggest and most prestigious half marathons.

 

Fairfax Metro Media Editorial Director Garry Linnell fired the starting gun around 6.45am for the 21.1km event as participants took off on the course that wove its way from St Mary’s Cathedral and past some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, before finishing at Hyde Park’s Archibald Fountain.

 

Liam Adams crossed the finish line first in 1:04:38 ahead of Harry Summers in a time of 1:04:56. Nikki Chapple took home the women’s trophy in a time of 1:12:46. The trophy is dedicated to the memory of late champion Kerryn McCann, a former winner of the race and an inspirational Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) supporter. Chapple hoped her victory would put her in contention for Australia's world marathon championship team to Moscow in August.  Claire Ashworth came in second in a time of 1:16:17.

More than 380 teams took part in the inaugural relay component of the event. Team Peters-Hacio set the pace and has now set the first record for the relay with a time of 1:15:21. Second team across the line was Team Nic-Nicholas with a time of 1:19:09.

 

Wheelchair winner was Richard Nicholson with a time of 56 minutes and five seconds.

 

The event has raised just under $1million so far for more than 700 charities, including partner charity BCNA.

     

Race Director Rebecca Wilmer said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere across Sydney. With the new relay component runners of all capabilities can get involved in this great event and be involved in a half marathon – something some would never have dreamt of doing.

 

“We are really pleased with the number of participants that took part in today’s race, helping to raise much needed funds for very worthwhile causes.”

 

 

19 May2013
Sydney, Australia


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