Thank you to all our participants in the three events over the 49th YMCA Canberra Half Marathon weekend. This year we had 311 finishers, nearly 120 of which were YMCA Canberra Runners Club members. We also had over 79 runners complete the 1 mile jogalong and 54 complete the 5km run on Saturday.
This year’s half marathon winner was Andrew Leigh in a time of 1.18.35 followed by Daniel Carson in 1.20.46 and Simeon Hearnshaw in 1.21.04. The first female across the line was Natalie Archer in 1.23.38 with Lilian Anderson in second at 1.25.27, and Fleur Flannery third in 1.26.55.
Our sponsors this year were Mizuno, Instant Colour Press and The Runner’s Shop. CORC Canberra also continues to lend us the timing system that we use, operated by volunteer Matt Dyne. I would like to extend my thanks to them for their ongoing involvement with the race.
The race was coordinated this year by a dedicated team including: Nerida Dyne on logistics, Madeleine Kaye on promotions, Kat Knope on volunteers and support, Justin Jarvis and Mark Stiffle on Race weekend set up, and Dave Hobson and Michael Cusak on reach back to the YMCA. We also had over 50 hard-working volunteers support the weekend, which helped ensure a smooth running of the events and a safe environment for participants.
The YMCA Canberra Runners Club is open to people of all ages and abilities and is a great way to get fit and meet new people. It conducts over 90 races throughout the year, with membership giving you free entry to most events.
The 50thanniversary YMCA of Canberra Half Marathon will likely be held in the last weekend of May 2019. Please keep an eye out for the video for the event and entries will be open at the start of 2019.