Praise for new race route

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About 1700 people weaved their way around Dunedin on Sunday, taking in the city’s main attractions along the rejigged Dunedin Marathon course.

Harry White, of Dunedin, completed the half marathon in a grey suit and tie.

“Why not?” he replied when asked why he chose his attire.

“It adds a bit more fun to it.”

White took part in the race last year wearing a pea costume and decided this year to step it up a notch.

He said the new route was a bit of a change, but “all in all it was a great course” and he enjoyed the event.

The atmosphere at the Forsyth Barr Stadium finish line was “so much better” than at Port Chalmers in previous years, he said.

“If they keep this up it’s going to be a pretty impressive event.”

Leigh Paterson, of Dunedin, said she trained for about five months for the 21km event.

It was her first time in the Dunedin event, which she said was part of her preparation for the Auckland Marathon in October.

From that, she hopes to gain a qualifying time for the New York Marathon.

“I think there would be nothing like running through a major city like that.”

The course was very winding but she enjoyed running past Dunedin “hot spots”, she said.

When Aucklander Jared Pilkington-Flinn crossed the finish line after completing the half marathon, it was the third time he had tackled a 21km race this year.

Last summer he made a New Year’s resolution to finish six half marathons by the end of the year, so he intends to travel “wherever there’s a half marathon and a family member”.

It was nice “to be able to see parts of Dunedin we could not be able to see unless we went out of our way,” he said.