The inaugural Hobart Run the Bridge was won today by interstate athlete Lee Troop, and Tasmanian Hanny Allston.
Troop covered the hilly 10 kilometre course in a time of 29minutes 41 seconds, finishing ahead of Shane Nankervis and Mark Tucker.
Troop smashed predications that the hilly course would be difficult to run under 30 minutes.
“I made the call that the race would be decided by the top of the bridge, and I think from that point it was,” he said.
Asked about his tactics for the race, Troop said “the gun went off, and I ran like I stole something.”
World champion orienteer Hanny Allston won the women’s event in a time of 35minutes and 24 seconds, followed by two other Tasmanians: event ambassador and Olympic steeplechaser Donna MacFarlane, and Australian 3000 metre champion Mel Daniels.
Allston said she was happy with her time and enjoyed the course.
“Yeah it was good, it’s so scenic, but obviously it was tough with the hills,” she said.
The event began at Bellerive Oval, before taking runners across the Hobart bridge, where lanes of traffic were closed for the first time for a running race.
The event then passed through Hobart’s waterfront before finishing in Salamanca place.
Over 1300 runners and walkers took part in the event, which supported the charity Variety.
World champion axeman David Foster and former Australian cricketer David Boon led walking teams in the event.