35,000 in Round the Bays event

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 weather.

Wheelchair athlete Lee Warn crossed the finish line in about 28 minutes.

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 worthy charities."

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 charity.

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

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