Around 300 people turned up for Sunday’s Tower Trail Run, a newly returned local event after a 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event hosted five distance races, from five kilometres to a 56-kilometre trail, through the Valley Lakes precinct and onto the Blue Lake – taking in some of the best of Mount Gambier’s scenery.
Placing first in the men’s 56-kilometre trail with a time of 5 hours 31 minutes and 15.2 seconds was Danny Habets, who was followed by Justin McDonald and Jan de Braconier Harders.
In the women’s 56-kilometre trail, Dannielle Vanderheul placed first with a time of 5 hours 47 minutes and 34.09 seconds.
She was followed by Anna Mitchell and Amanda Meggison.
Next on the tier was the 21-kilometre event with the fastest time awarded to Ben Princi, who finished the race in 1 hour 39 minutes and 31.38 seconds.
Princi was followed by Owen Williams and Terence Carter.
Meanwhile, Belinda Richardson took top honours in the women’s 21-kilometre with a time of 1 hour 52 minutes and 5.62 seconds, trailed by Emma Watts and Elisha Douglas.
In the 10.5-kilometre race, Luca Wagner finished in first with a time of 51 minutes and 46.58 seconds.
Christopher McKinnon placed second in the race with Stuart Pratt in third.
Rachel Adkins crossed the finish line first in her 10.5-kilometre race in 1 hour 6 minutes and 14.02 seconds while Chloe McWhinney finished in second, with Marie Ballantyne in third.
Martin Moelder claimed top honours in the five-kilometre race with a time of 24 minutes and 35.63 seconds, followed by Finn Mitchell and Chris Hunt, while Kimberley Henningsen finished the five-kilometre women’s race in first with a time of 36 minutes and 4.81 seconds.
In second was Anita Jovanovski and in third was Merridy Lindner.