Jono Jackson has won the Round the Bays for the third time,
with a time of 25m 56s.
The first woman over the finish line was Lisa Robertson, in a
time of 28m 38s.
Thousands ran and walked the annual 8.4km fun run along
Auckland's Tamaki Dr this morning in overcast but fine
Wheelchair athlete Lee Warn crossed the finish line in about
Mr Warn, 40, sweltering in a full gorilla suit, said he was
grateful for the overcast conditions.
He's completed the Round the Bays about 11 times, always in
costume and twice as a gorilla.
Organisers said almost 35,000 people registered to take part,
including more than 1180 teams - the largest, from ASB,
boasting 874 members.
Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said more than 650 of the
company's staff and their families registered for the run.
"The atmosphere along the course was electric. It was great
to be amongst so many enthusiastic people enjoying our
wonderful waterfront and all walking to support seven very
Money raised from the event will go to Radio Lollipop, Cystic
Fibrosis Association Auckland branch, Crohns and Collitis New
Zealand (CCNZ), Kidsline, The Hearing House, Raukatauri Music
Therapy Centre and Fairfax First Books.
In the past 10 years the event has donated $1.2 million to
The race was started at 9.30am by Isabella Powell of Cystic
Fibrosis Auckland Branch, along with Simon Tong, Managing
Director Fairfax Media New Zealand.
After the race, entrants were hosted at more than 550
barbecue sites at Madill's Farm.
- Heather McCracken, APNZ