Fun runners flock back

The return of the Waipā Fun Run on Sunday March 5 was welcomed by both competitors and organisers as an impressive 647 runners and walkers completed the course.

Sunday’s St Peter’s Catholic School’s Lugtons Waipā Fun Run race marked the event’s return after Covid restrictions saw it cancelled last year. The school’s organising committee, comprising event co-ordinator Donna Warwick, principal Anita Asumadu, Nic Peacocke, Lee Powell and Jacqui McCann, were thrilled at this year’s turnout.

“After being told that this should be treated as a re-building year post-Covid and not to be too disillusioned if numbers were down, we were blown away that 647 runners and walkers completed the course,” Donna said on Monday. “Seeing all the happy faces of the children as they ran through the finish line really makes all the hard mahi worth it.”

Participants came from around the region.

Cambridge’s Matthew Hallam took out first place in the 10km run/walk, with Hamilton’s Michael Robinson coming in second and Hamilton’s Joe Mace third.

The Cambridge Vets 5km run/walk was won by Papamoa’s Seth Herbert, with Cambridge’s Sam Montgomerie coming in second and Ōtorohanga’s Mel O’Brien third.

The Kaz 2km School Challenge (Year 7-8) was won by Cambridge Middle School’s Colin Johnston with St Peter’s Catholic School student Henry Eisenbarth coming in second, and Ryan Mourits of St Joseph’s School in Morrinsville third.

The Kaz 2km School Challenge (Year 5-6) was won by Cambridge Primary School’s Joshua Barclay, from Goodwood School’s Quinn Davis and Cambridge East School’s Abel Bartz.

The Kaz 2km School Challenge (Year 3-4) was won by Lewis Verner from St Joseph’s School in Morrinsville. Goodwood School’s George Campbell was second and Ryan Morton of Te Awamutu’s Puahue School was third.

Orchard Valley Glamping won the Cambridge Steel Fabricators & Engineers Team Challenge, with Reform Cambridge and Cambridge Vets coming in second and third respectively.

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