FUN RUN: Sunday's Iceman Challenge has been hailed a success with solid participation from locals and visitors.
FUN RUN: Sunday's Iceman Challenge has been hailed a success with solid participation from locals and visitors. Glenda R Photographer

Wintry run a success

ENDURANCE: There's been another successful running of the Iceman Challenge with strong participation in the weekend's event.

Tied to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, the challenge pits runners against Mt Marlay.

Cameron Campbell was crowned 'Iceman', while Stanthorpe's Jenny Costanzo was named 'Icewoman', after the pair were first to the top of the mountain in their categories.

The second inclusion of the event in the Snowflakes schedule proved wise, as athletes from far and wide tested themselves on the mountain.

"A huge thank you to all who took part in either race one, race two or both,” organisers said.

Event organiser Adrian Jannenga thanked the sponsors and volunteers.

"Thank you to the local mountain bike club for allowing us to utilise the trails and thank you very much to our wonderful volunteers for helping out. Couldn't have done it without you all.”

Marketed as the "coldest trail running event in Queensland”, Sunday began with the 5km run, followed by the 500m hill sprint.

Cameron Campbell won the men's event, closely followed by Stanthorpe runners Scott Beesley and James Fox.

Only 22 seconds split Campbell and Beesley.

Jenny Costanzo, Prya Madders and Marina Waterworth made up the podium for the women. Costanzo finished the race in just over 28 minutes.

Beesley was first up the hill in the 500m dash for the men, while Marina Waterworth was first for the women.

Marina's sons, Jordan and Alex, continued the Waterworth success, winning the 13-18 year and under 13 year dash respectively.

Participants took to social media to praise the event.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this and this challenge shall remain a highlight of my winter holidays in Stanthorpe,” Jo Cootes said.

"It was tough but fun. I enjoyed the challenge. Thanks to the girls running nearby for keeping me going,” Rosalie Webb said.

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