aaChris Myland 10km winner


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James Parsons from Napier smashed the record set last year by Stephen Lett by a whopping 4 minutes and in the process set his own personal best time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 17 seconds.

Fellow Napier athlete Kristian Day also clocked his best half marathon time to finish 1 minute 12 behind Parsons. Lett finished in fifth place improving his time from 2015.

First placed women, Hamilton runner Sarah Murphy was another to achieve her best time of 1 hour 25 minutes and 14 seconds. Megan Grant came second some 4 minutes behind Murphy.

The event attracted 545 runners and walkers of all ages and raised funds for the Diabetes, Exercise and Sport Association (DESA).

All proceeds from the 5km event went directly to DESA to help fund a training camp for kids who have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Cathy Shaw spokesman for DESA was impressed with the turn out and said, "This event is ideal as it helps us support young people with Diabetes but also sends out a message that exercise is a great tool for controlling diabetes as well".

The 10 kilometre event was won by Tauranga athlete Chris Myland. He was less than 2 minutes ahead of first female Zara Fowell.

The next fastest male was former Olympic track cyclist Andrew Whitford. Second place in the female race was Auckland athlete Robyn Swager.

In the 5km event the fastest male was Isaac Milne and fastest female was Charlotte Pearson.

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