MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE: There was a huge number of participants in the weekend's five-kilometre Mt Marlay Fun Run.
MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE: There was a huge number of participants in the weekend's five-kilometre Mt Marlay Fun Run. Matthew Purcell

Mountains of fun for challenge

RUNNERS were treated to a rousing reception in the main street for the Apple and Grape's Mt Marlay Fun Run.

Participation was down but organisers were still pleased by the event.

"We're really happy with the run. I guess having it that time of day was good from a spectators' and sponsors' point of view,” event organiser Dan Cuthbert said.

"We were down on numbers a fair bit, which was disappointing. We had 37 and last festival we had 96 so there was a big difference.”

The five-kilometre challenge started from the front of Power and Tynan and worked it's way along the main street, up to the peak of Mt Marlay and then back to the main street, where runners were greeted by the hundreds lining the street in anticipation for the Grand Parade.

"For those people who did run it, it was good to run down the main street. There was a huge crowd there, a good atmosphere to run in.

"But I guess not everybody wants to run in those circumstances so that's probably what knocked a few people out.

"But it's a good challenge and we're happy with how it all panned out in the end. We're going to go away and review what we do.

"We'll definitely bring back a 10-kilometre option. There was a lot of people looking for a 10-kilometre option.”

Dan said the make-up of the field was a mix of locals and visitors.

"It was probably about 50-50 I reckon. We had a guy from Cairns, people from Brisbane, the Sunny Coast.”

Adrian Jannenga won the race with Tim McGrath just behind him.

Jennifer Costanzo won the ladies' division while Jordan Waterworth won the junior division. Priya Madders, from the Sunshine Coast, was the first junior girl past the post.

Despite drawing a much bigger crowd than the one they saw two years ago when the race was run at 6am, Mr Cuthbert said they'll assess their time slot.

"We'll probably move the time slot,” he said.

"It caused a few traffic issues up on Davadi St.

" That's something we'll have to review as a committee.”

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