‘Beautifully brutal’

By Grace Jones | posted on September 27, 2019

DENMARK Running Club’s inaugural Half Marathon, 10km and 2km races went off without a hitch over the weekend with 140 competitors lacing up their sneakers for the event.

Runners came off the mark at Lights Beach on Sunday morning and followed the Munda Biddi trail and tackled the hills that the area is known for.

Club member Rosie Smith said they received plenty of positive feedback.

“Everyone came back pumped,” she said.

“It was a really great community event and had great atmosphere.

“We’ll definitely be back next year.”

Perth’s Sam Hoffman set a blistering pace from the start and managed to maintain it along the gruelling route to come in first place with a time of 1.25:38.

Runner-up was local Toby Le Fort who completed the track in 1.35:34 despite having ridden 100km earlier in the morning.

First females across the line were mother-and-daughter duo Abby and Kelly Barker, who finished in a dead heat of 1.58:31.

Ms Smith said they had plenty of local competitors but also visitors from Busselton, Bunbury and Perth.

“One of the comments we’ve had on the event was that it was a ‘beautifully brutal race’,” she said.

“Everyone ran well and ran safely, there were no hiccups which was great.

“We had so much local support for the competition with volunteers from Denmark Surf Life Saving Club, St Johns Ambulance waiting in case there was an accident, and so many donated prizes.”