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First-timer wins Marathon

First-timer wins Marathon

Record numbers compete in Traralgon Marathan festival

Perfect running conditions greeted the record number of competitors yesterday in the Traralgon Marathon and Running Festival, organised by Traralgon Harriers.

A first time entrant won the main event, the 42.2 km WIN TV Marathon.

John Dutton from Belgrave did the course from the Traralgon Rec Reserve, along the rail trail to Toongabbie and back, in a slick 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds.

He said he loved yesterday's event and wants to come back.

"I've got the Gold Coast Marathon in five weeks, so that's my goal race, so today was a bit of a tune-up for that," John said.

"This is the first time I've been to Traralgon so it's definitely on the cards to come back now.

"If it suits the schedule, I'll definitely be back for sure."

Traralgon Harriers president Phil Mayer said first-time runners often want to return.

"That's exactly what we want to hear. That's the sort of feedback we constantly hear from the competitors.

"They love the event, love the atmosphere, that the track is fantastic.

"We're very fortunate that the weather held up for us too," Phil said.

Winners below

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THE WINNERS:

WIN TV Traralgon Marathon - 42.2km
Winner: John Dutton. 2:34.42.
First Female: Rebecca Dale. 3:27:53

Aussie Broadband Half Marathon - 21.1km
Winner: Charlie Blanch. 1:16:47
First female: Michelle Harris. 1:31:18

Gippsland's Gold 1242 fun run & walk - 10 km
Winner: George Lancaster. 33:46. The 18 year old from Sale also won the Harriers' Community Fun Run in March.
Second: Michael Tripodi. 35:52. The 17 year old from Traralgon came third in the Community Fun Run.
First female: Jaimee-Lee Code. 38:32. The young runner from Narre Warren North is widely tipped for a big future, perhaps even as an Olympic Games athlete.

Kids fun run - 2km
Winner: Tillie Buhagiar. 4:39

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS - click the tabs for each event

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