Jake dominates in Port

Quick heels: Forster runner Jake Myors took out the Port Macquarie Running Festival 10-kilometre event in a time of 34 minutes and 16 seconds.
Quick heels: Forster runner Jake Myors took out the Port Macquarie Running Festival 10-kilometre event in a time of 34 minutes and 16 seconds.

Forster runner Jake Myors has taken out the 10-kilometre event at this year’s Port Macquarie Running Festival.

Jake crosses the line.

Jake crosses the line.

Posting a time of 34 minutes and 16 seconds, Jake led the race from the beginning to secure the win ahead of 400 other runners.

When he finished the race, Jake said he enjoyed himself and found it to be a great hit-out leading into the winter season, when he will concentrate on the cross country distance of 10  kilometres.

Preparations are said to be going well as he aims to slowly increase his training levels.

Jake maintains a positive view to go faster over the 10 kilometres in Sydney early May and faster again at the Gold Coast in July.

His goal following these events is to reach nationals.

More than 1500 runners and walkers took part in this year’s Port Running Festival, organised by new race director Kevin Chilvers.

Founder and past race director Peter Camilleri successfully competed in the new treble breakwall buster, an event where runners choose to compete in all three events (the half, 10 kilometre and five kilometre).

Top Australian representative athlete Celia Sullohern also competed in the treble and won the half and the five kilometre outright, as well as placing second overall in the 10 kilometre.

The North Coast distance runner was the first athlete to successfully complete the treble as well as posting a time of 34 minutes and 38 seconds in the 10 kilometre run, a 22 second deficit to winner Jake.

Kyle Pinkerton rounded out the top three of the 10 kilometre run with a time of 34 minutes and 41 seconds (three seconds behind Celia).

Great Lakes locals June Southwell, Avalon Neate and Liz Tinker (formally of Forster) placed well in their age groups.

Another highlight of the day was legend Australian marathon runner Robert de Castella competing in the five kilometre race.

Deek was guest speaker at the Port Running Festival and it was inspiring to him talk about his Indigenous marathon project.

Many runners on the program were also competing at Port and received great support from the crowds.

Look out for the Forster Running Festival in September where competitors can enter in the half (21.1 kilometre), 10 kilometre, five kilometre, children’s events and the treble breakwall buster.