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Canberra Half-Marathon race report

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Press Release

40th Canberra Half Marathon - Sunday 17th May

Almost 900 runners started in the 40th Canberra Half Marathon on a perfect Autumn day and ideal running conditions.

The guest starter was the first winner of the event in 1970, Julian Scott, accompanied by the founder of the Canberra Half Marathon Jack Pennington and six runners who participated in that first event, namely Dave McInnes, Dennis Smith, Graeme Small, Alan Wilson and Geoff Moore.

The half marathon incorporates the 40th Annual Memorial Rex Foulkes Half Marathon, Rex being a great competitor and mate of those who founded and ran in the first memorial race in 1970. Rex was killed in 1969 when returning home to Cooma after competing in track athletics in Canberra, his first love being distance racing on the road.

First across the line was North Canberra's Erwin McRae who after an early tussle with club mate and past winner Scott McTaggart pulled clear to win in the great time of 1 hour 6 mins and 04 seconds. Scott McTaggart's time was 1 hour 10 minutes and 28 seconds with 22 year old Michael Chapman third in 1 hour 11 minutes and 30 seconds.

25 year old Queanbeyan athlete Andrea Ilakovac had her maiden half marathon victory in the very smart time of 1 hour 22 minutes and 8 seconds followed by Sally Parker 1 hour 24 minutes and 17 seconds with Hannah Flannery third just 5 seconds behind Sally Parker in 1 hour 24 minutes and 28 seconds.

First Five Male/Females

1. Erwin McRae 66.04 2. Scott McTaggart 70.28 3. Michael Chapman 71.30 4. Nick Walshe 74.33 5. Matt Riches 74.40.

1. Andrea Ilakovac 82.08 2. Sally Parker 84.17 3. Hannah Flannery 84.28 4. Ana Duncan 86.59 5. Sara Burgess 87.54

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Ken Eynon Race Director 02 62546548 or 0407 201 078

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