STEEP ASCENT: Stanthorpe runners Glen Brunckhorst and Peter Patti ready for the 10km run to Queen Mary Falls from Killarney.
STEEP ASCENT: Stanthorpe runners Glen Brunckhorst and Peter Patti ready for the 10km run to Queen Mary Falls from Killarney. JOHN TOWELLS

Up for the challenge

RUNNING: Stanthorpe was well represented in Warwick over the weekend as the town held its annual Warwick Pentathrun.

Held across two days, five differing races are held to make up the standard marathon distance of 42.2km.

It started with a half marathon on Saturday morning followed by a 4.6km cross country and concluded with a 5km flat road race ending at the Sandy Creek Hotel.

On Sunday it was an early start for a 10km hill climb from Killarney up to Queen Mary Falls, and rounded out with a 1500m dash in the main street of Warwick.

Stanthorpe Parkrun co-ordinator Glen Brunckhorst was one of several to make the journey to take part.

He took part in the cross country, road race and hill climb.

"You can do one or three, four or five. I myself did three. It's just a good event, I suppose,” Brunckhorst said.

"They get a lot of people involved with it and we were lucky to have a lot of our Parkrunners go down and join in this year.

"You don't have to do the whole lot of it. If you're happy you can just even do the 1500. Each one throws out their challenges.”

Brunckhorst wasn't the only local to take part in the Killarney ascent and said it was certainly a challenge, despite it being his third time doing it.

"It's quite surprising. It's not quite as severe as Mt Marlay but at about your 7-8km mark it climbs pretty steadily.

"There were close to 450-500 in that race alone.”

He wound up with a 10th placing in his age category. But more than anything he was pleased to see so many familiar faces involved.

"They're all Parkrunners so it's good to see - given I'm director at Parkrun - to see so many there. They're all athletes but there's some that have come to Parkrun initially and got into running that way.”

However, it wasn't a Stanthorpe participant who took the spoils, with Aidan Hobbs recording his second clean sweep in the Pentathrun, winning all five events.

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