Sun shines for City to Surf event

Hendrika Furlong, left, and Wendy Simpson. Photos: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

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Around 2000 competitors have taken part in the annual Mitre 10 Mega Tauranga City to Surf event at Mount Maunganui today.

Event organiser Murray Fleming says the weather gods have played into their hands this year.

“Last year was absolutely atrocious, it was pouring down and very windy. Today is spectacular.

“The numbers are strong, we've had about 2000 competitors. We started the half marathon this year, because a lot of the competitors over the last couple of years have asked us to do so. We had around 500 in that.”

Murry says they had around 450 people do the around the 5km and the remainder have done the 11km.

“Really, really happy. Mitre 10 Mega are also holding a sausage sizzle at the event to help raise funds for the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service.”

Mother and daughter due Jenni Simpson, from Waihi, and Charlotte Henry, from London, have enjoyed running alongside each other.

“It's been wonderful,” says the pair.

Hendrika Furlong took part in the event for the fifth time, while her friend Wendy McLeod participated for the first time.

Hendrika says she comes backs to “just to do it”.

Wendy says it was great to have a friend to do it with.

Charlotte Henry, left, and Jenni Simpson.


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