All Blacks win encourages marathon runners

A day full of celebration for the Auckland Marathon runners also celebrating the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Supplied
A day full of celebration for the Auckland Marathon runners also celebrating the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Supplied
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Today marks a day of pride as New Zealand makes rugby history – now the first country in the world to win the Rugby World Cup back-to-back.

But today is also a mark of achievement for runners near and far who got to put their hard work and training to the test in the annual ASB Auckland Marathon.

Around 12,500 runners took part in this year’s event that coincided with the Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. Competitors were able to watch the game on a giant screen before the race, but with 20 minutes of game time left, the gun went off and the race was underway.

Lucky for them, All Black fans weren’t short of sharing the news of the win as they left the bars after the game, cheering the runners on while celebrating the national win.

“The crowds lifted me hugely… it was a real adrenaline rush,” said Katie Kemp, who took out the woman’s marathon with a personal best of two hours, 42 minutes and 35 seconds.

Kemp was racing as part of the ASB Run Down Your Rate team, which means her mortgage rate will drop to 2.42 percent.

In second place, just over two minutes behind Kemp was Kelly Parlane, followed by Elizabeth Pittaway in third place.

Aaron Pulford, a three-time 10,000m champion took out the men’s marathon with a time of two hours, 27 minutes and one second. This was his first marathon. Jonathan Jackson and Dougal Thorburn took out second and third, with all three men finishing within 53 seconds of each other.

The woman’s half marathon was won by now two-time winner Camille Buscomb who took out the competition last year as well. Camille enjoyed the support from the celebratory All black fans.

“Someone yelled out ‘we won’ and it was a great feeling,” she said.

Buscomb took out the race in one hour, 16 minutes and seven seconds followed by Rowan Marie Torckler in second and Olivia Burne in third place.

Malcolm Hicks won the men’s half-marathon with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 30 seconds; Michael Banks took out second place and Josh Maisey in third place.

Marathon numbers this year were down by around 4,000.

More results for the 2015 ASB Auckland Marathon and other events can be found here.

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