McKee first to finish in half marathon

124 competitors took part in the half marathon run. Pictured: Ian Matthew (286). Photo – Michael Jeans.

Hundreds of pairs of sneakers pounded the pavement outside Cambridge High School and the surrounding roads on Sunday when the Cambridge Half Marathon returned for 2017.

The annual event saw a range of part-takers turn out for the occasion, from competitive runners to amateur adventurers of all ages, with walking or running options 5km, 10km and half marathon distances.

One course record was broken this year, Hamilton’s Russ Best finishing the 5km running race in 15 minutes and 56 seconds, followed less than 2 minutes behind by Cambridge’s Hikaru Mita. Another Cambridge local, Emerson Deverell, finished 4th overall and the first-placed female in the 5km run with 18 minutes and 17 seconds on the clock.

Jonny McKee (115) was the first to finish in the Half Marathon. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Cambridge local Jonny McKee was the first to finish overall in the epic Cambridge Half Marathon run, in 1 hour and 14 minutes, exactly four minutes ahead of second-placed Hamilton runner Lance Brew.

John Charlton was the next Cambridge person to finish the half marathon, in 7th place overall, followed by the next-best local runner in the race, Dale Fairbrother in 14th. Gina Boone was the fastest local female to finish, in one hour and 35 minutes, four minutes behind first-placed female Kovo MacDonald of Taupiri.

2K Kids runners, pictured: (front, from left) Zade Spriggs, Tyla Wallis, Kyra Rogerson, Flynn Wilson, Donovan Farrell and Ethan Rogerson. Back: Sacha Mazur (961). Photo – Michael Jeans.


Three more Cambridge locals finished in the top 5 of the kids’ 2km run, with Flynn Wilson finishing first in 8 minutes and 12 seconds, followed 32 seconds later by Oliver-Tane Knowles in third, and another 16 seconds later by Heatherann Knowles in fifth – also the first-placed girl.

All in all 140 Cambridge locals took part across the various categories in this year’s event, a fantastic effort from all involved.

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